Cheesecloth and Lace Spider Web Tutorial

Well here it is, as promised though a day late, my spider web tutorial.
Materials: Sturdy wire, cheesecloth, lace, styrofoam disc, dye or tea, glue
Prep: Cut 8 8″ lengths of sturdy wire.
Cut a 14″ x 14″ square of cheesecloth.
Cut two 1 3/4 inch circles of cheesecloth and 2 of lace. 
Dye cheesecloth if desired in your color choice. It comes in white. I tea-dyed mine. 
Cut a disc from styrofoam approx. 1 1/2 inch diameter by 1/4 inch thick.
Cut two strips of lace approx. 1/2 inch wide, one approx. 50″ in length, one approx. 35″ in length. The edges should have a crooked finish rather than a straight edge.
Insert the 8 pieces of wire into the disc:
Start at any point for the first piece, then place the second piece opposite the first (as in the twelve and six on a clock). Place the third piece as in the 3 on a clock and the fourth piece at the 9 position on a clock. Continue with piece five through eight placing at opposite positions in the same manner. Place a dot of glue where the wire meets the disc at each opening.
 Lay the cheesecloth centered over the wire structure. Dot cheesecloth with glue at the center and at approx. 2 inches from the end of each wire. Allow to dry.
 Gluing the lace:
Starting with the shorter, inside piece first, glue one end of the lace to a point on one wire approx. 3 inches out from center of disk. Swag lace downward and glue to next wire. Fold lace against itself and downward before swagging to third wire. Glue and continue until you end up at beginning point. Glue and trim excess. Pinch connecting points to secure and adjust swags.
 Glue the longer, outside piece in the same manner, starting approx. 6 inches out from center of disk.
Gluing the web “wrinkles”:
Dot glue in swag pattern as shown below, all around the web approx. 4 inches out from center of disk. Allow to become almost dry, then from the other side of the cheesecloth pinch together and slightly roll between fingers, forming the desired swag. Keep a damp cloth handy to wipe glue from your fingers as you work. If your wrinkle or roll becomes mis-shapen you can gently pull it apart as needed and re-roll. 
 Glue cheesecloth circles to front and back of styrofoam, followed by lace circles.
You can find the how-to on making this sweet pearl spider here.
 Your questions are always welcome!

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18 thoughts on “Cheesecloth and Lace Spider Web Tutorial

  1. Sorry, I couldn’t locate your email address. Just wanted you to know that you’ve been featured on my weekly Welcome Wagon Friday post. You should be receiving visitors shortly. Welcome to the neighborhood!
    Brenda@Cozy Little House

  2. Oh, I can’t wait to try this! I have cheesecloth and wire, now just need to get Styrofoam. The glue that you pinched is not hot glue, right? I’m thinking it’s just regular Elmers. Thanks for sharing the tutorial Ann. I love your black pumpkin also. I am doing b&w Halloween in my basement family room. I posted about a couple of creations I made.

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