Not everyone celebrates Halloween in Australia. In our last neighbourhood we celebrated it every year, much to the excitement of my three girls and I.
We’ve since moved and although I adore our new place I doubt we’ll be trick or treating this year. With a dark street filled with steep dipping drive ways, I’d be very surprised we’ll get any trick or treaters at our house either.
Still, I’m determined that my children get the opportunity to enjoy the creepy crawlies of the world that are so celebrated during the festivity that is Halloween.
This week Miss Possum and I collected more nature from our bush walk and made a spider web out of it. Here’s how you can make one too.
What you’ll need to make the Nature Spider Web
- Lomandra plant leaves (or a similar plant that has very long thin leaves)
- A fully open fern frond (just cut one frond off, no need to kill the plant)
- A glue gun , just in case certain sections need securing (affiliate)
- other nature bits and bobs to make the spider
How to make a Nature Spider Web for Halloween
- Cut all the fern leaves off of the frond so that you have a long flexible stem to create the structure of the web.
- Secure the fern stem into a circle by wrapping a lomandra around the two ends, or gluing it.
- Use the more rigid bottom of a lomandra leaf to make a ring about the size of a 50 cent piece. You can also secure this with glue if you need to.
- Tie eight lomandra leaves on to the lomandra ring, spread them out like the spokes on a bike.
- Put the ring in the middle of the fern stem circle and start tying the other lomandra leaf ends to the fern frond.
- Cut the over lapping lomandra leaves down to the fern frond leaving at least 1 cm free just incase it gets loose and you need to tighten it again.
- Tie three lomandra leaves together making one very long leaf
- Tie one end of the long lomandra leaf onto the middle ring and then weave the leaf through the others over and under.
- Tie it off once you get to the outside fern frond.
- Make a spider by using nature and glue
- Attach the spider to the web using another lomandra leaf
Miss Possum needed help with this craft but it was really lovely to sit with her and do it together. She really enjoyed cutting the leaves off the fern frond and weaving the lomandra through the other leaf strands in the web. We love it. If you spray it with water each day, it should last up to a week!
What craft do you make to celebrate Halloween?