My neighbors and friends keep stopping by to ask about our new pet…Charlotte. To be honest, I sort of winged the construction of this web when I started it on my porch last weekend. The whole time I was thinking, I should be taking pictures because I might want to blog about this…but I wasn’t even sure how it would turn out. Well, needless to say, we all LOVE her!
And needless to say, I didn’t take any “how to” pics. Which really worked out for my friend, since her daughter begged her to make one at their house too. Back to the hardware store…and this time it was documented…step by step!
So here’s what you need. For my web I ended up using 200ft of clothes line, but here I only used 100ft. I also needed some ceiling hooks for this porch, but you may already have one for your hanging baskets.
String one length of rope vertically, tying knots at both ends.
Before you tie the knots, you’ll need to burn the rope once it’s cut to prevent fraying!
Tie another length of rope horizontally tying a knot at the center point.
With the remaining rope, tie another knot in the center and begin to tie tight knots as you circle around the horizontal and vertical ropes.
Keep going and going and going! Don’t worry if it’s not perfect…spiders don’t seem to mind.
WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE (You might want to be a little more organized with the rope, just sayin’)
Make it as BIG as you can covering as much of the horizontal and vertical rope as possible.
Now onto the vertical ropes. Starting from the center loop the rope around the connections you have already made and pull tightly. Repeat on all sides!
Check out the difference between the knots on the horizontal and vertical connections vs. the looping on the diagonal connection. It helps give you a little wiggle room to straighten things out when you are done!
And here is the finished product! This spider is named SofandSam and if you look closely you’ll see he even has a little lunch on his web.
Now start your weaving…and remember “You are never more than three feet away from a spider”.