Create Spooky Spider Nests

Spook visitors with this hanging nest full of eight-legged creepy crawly spiders.

Lately, I have been eyeing all sorts of spooky spider webs on crafting sites. I have been exploring the Internet for inspiration and getting in the mood for some epic holiday crafting with my kiddos.

A spider nest made from yarn and webbing with spiders hatching out.

Craft a Fake Spider Web Nest

Fake out your spider fearing friends with this fun spider nest project.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Unfortunately, many of these spider nest creations involve the use of glue. Without a covered porch plus exposure to the fall elements of the Northeast, they would surely disintegrate with the first windy rainstorm.  There had to be a better and easier way that was more kid-friendly and less messy. With a little bit of crafting ingenuity, I came up with the perfect solution.

For this craft you will need:

Thick white yarn

White Yarn for Making Fake Spider Web Nests

Thick white yarn is perfect for forming the spider nest base and webbing.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

  • fake spider web
  • black plastic spiders
  • thick white yarn
  • scissors
White yarn is clustered together to form a tight ball.

Create the Base of the Spider Web Nest

The spider nest base is formed with a tight ball of white yarn.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Begin by making a tight ball of white yarn like so. It should be about the size of a baseball. Do not cut it free from the big skein of yarn just yet.

The white yarn base is wrapped with fake webbing.

Wrap the Spider Nest with Fake Spider Webbing

Add fake spider webbing for a realistic effect.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Next begin to wrap the ball of white yarn in the fake spider web. Pull the web apart so it becomes wispy. Tuck some spiders into the web as you are wrapping it to completely cover the ball of yarn.

The spider nest gets fake black plastic spiders.

Add Spider to the Fake Spider Nest

Adding spiders in the webbing of the nest and to the outside brings the nest to life. It's as if the spiders are emerging.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Next, continue wrapping the white yarn tightly around the ball of yarn and webbing in a random fashion like so. When satisfied, cut the yarn and tuck the end under an adjacent piece of yarn.

The fake spider nest is hung outside for Halloween..

Display the Spider Nest

Spiders climb up the nest to new heights.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

To attach the spider web, cut another three-foot piece of yarn. Poke a hole with your finger through the top of the nest and push the yarn through. Even up the sides. Next cut another piece of yarn about two feet this time. Tie it to the base of the nest, and then wind it around the other piece of yarn until you reach the top. Tie all three ends together in a knot.

As a finishing touch, place some black plastic spiders outside the nest and some even on the yarn that attaches the nest to the hook.

Make plenty of these nests to greet guests and trick or treaters on Halloween. Who doesn’t love to be spooked by something that we see everyday in the nooks and crannies of our houses?

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