DIY Sparkly Spiderweb Stamping!

We’ve combined two of our favourite activities – threading and printing – to make these autumnal and spooky spider-web pictures. They’re simple and quick to make, and the best part is you can make them from bits and pieces that you’re bound to have already. Read on to see how we did this fabulous spiderweb craft!

Sparkly spiderweb stamping

Use a simple, homemade stamp of a spiderweb to create glittery web art!

Autumn may be the season of changing leaves, conkers and fantastical fungi, but it’s also the season of the spider. With amorous house spiders invading our homes and garden spiders spinning webs between every bush and tree outside, our morning walks are often through landscapes decorated with shining, dew-laden silver webs.

Collage on black paper - real autumn leaves stamped with glittery silver spiderwebs

Silver spiderwebs glitter in the light just like the real thing!

We were inspired by all those cobwebs to make our own glittering spiderweb artwork (and just in time for Halloween, too!), using home-made stamps to do it. Here’s how you can make your own…

collage of autumn leaves stamped with silver spiderwebs. Stamp next to picture

We printed our spiderwebs on to leaf collages to get an autumn feel.

Spiderweb Stamping!

Materials Required

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Instructions

Start by cutting out a circle from your cardboard and a narrow rectangle that is a little bit longer than the diameter of your circle. The circle will be your stamp, while the rectangle will make a handle for the back.

Drawing a spiderweb on a circle of corrugated cardboard

Corrugated cardboard makes a great base for making a stamp.

Draw radiating lines out from the centre (or near enough) of the circle to represent the spokes of a spider web, then connect these spokes with lines to form the roughly concentric inner circles of the web. Don’t worry about lining anything up perfectly – being irregular and off-centre will make the whole thing look more natural.

Spiderweb drawn onto a circle of corrugated cardboard

Draw your web onto a bit of cardboard to use as a guide.

Using a pencil or your needle, poke holes at every connecting point and the very centre of the web. It helps if you keep the holes about a centimetre away from the edge as this helps make sure the cardboard doesn’t tear.

Spiderweb drawn on cardboard circle, with holes for threading.

Plastic needles are great for threading thick string.

Close-up of spiderweb drawn on cardboard circle - holes punched for threading, and notches cut at edges to hold string in place.

Snip the cardboard where the lines meet the edge.

Snip the very end of each spoke line (you only need a few millimetres/half a centimetre or so) – this will make grooves to hold the string in place along those spokes. I cut mine as little triangles here just to make it easier to see – you actually only need a straight snip.

Cardboard circle with spiderweb drawn on - holes for threading, with middle section threaded and needle in next hole.

Thread your web using backstitch to avoid having any gaps.

Stitching the Web

Using the needle and a long piece of string, back stitch through the holes, following the outline of the web you’ve drawn. When you come to do the spokes, thread the needle through the central hole from the back, and all the way over the outer edge of the circle (using your little notch to hold the string along the spoke), returning to the middle hole to repeat the process for the next spoke.

Cardboard spiderweb for threading - concentric rings threaded with string and needle half in.

Thread the concentric circles first.

Cardboard Spiderweb - string threaded through holes along lines.

Thread the spokes last.

Plastic needles for kids are very cheap and easy to come by, but if you’re unable to get one then try wrapping the end of your string as tightly as possible with a bit of sticky tape, to make an end a bit like a shoelace. You should be able to thread this hardened point through the holes without the needle. ​

Boy threading string through spiderweb pattern using plastic needle to make spiderweb stamper

Thick string gives a lovely texture to your spiderweb stamp.

Reverse of threaded spiderweb stamper, showing end of strings knotted securely.

knot loose strings at the back.

Reverse of spiderweb stamper showing strip of cardboard stapled on to make handle.

A handle makes stamping easy!

Once finished, tie the string off, and staple onto the back the rectangle of cardboard that you cut earlier to make handle (making sure to avoid trapping any string with your staples).

Three finished spiderweb stampers ready to use.

Use different sized circles (or other shapes) to add natural-seeming variety to your pictures.

That’s it! All you need now is some paper, paint and glitter to make a gorgeous, sparkly spider web picture.

Spiderweb stamper covered in silver paint, with jars of glitter next to it.

A bit of silver paint and a whole lot of glitter!

Boy's hands squeezing bottle of silver paint

Squeezing out paint builds hand muscles!

Using Spiderweb Stampers

We combined ours with an autumn leaf treasure hunt to create a leaf collage background to stamp our webs onto, but there are endless other things you can use them for – for instance how about some spider-web bunting, treat bags or wrapping paper for a spider-tastic halloween? ​

Boy's hand pressing spiderweb stamper onto leaf collage picture

Stamping onto pre-made collage.

Green, black and orange paper printed with silver spiderwebs

Try stamping onto different colours or patterns.

Child using paintbrush to mix silver paint

Thick silver paint can be brushed onto the stamps, or the stamps dipped into the paint.

The nice thing about this craft is that the prep work can be a fun activity in and of itself – making it a great project for mixed age groups.

leaf collage printed with silver webs using a DIY spiderweb stampers

Using spiderweb stampers to make autumn pictures

Older kids can make these stamps and pictures with little or no help; very small children may just enjoy making prints with the finished stampers; while those in between could do the threading once the holes are made.

Pile of paper printed with spiderweb stampers.

Give the kids plenty of paper to stamp onto!

Printed silver spiderweb picture with a spider made from a conker and sticks sat on top.

A perfect home for our conker spider!

Cardboard and string spiderweb stampers, covered in silver paint.

These spiderweb stampers are just as pretty as the pictures they made

Spiderweb Story

And finally, if you’re looking for a way to engage the kids in this activity, try Lydia Monk’s great picture book ‘Aaaarrgghh, Spider!’ – a family favourite around here. It’s a fun, spider’s-eye-view of a family who are, at first at least, less than enamoured with their resident arachnid friend.The book features a beautiful and sparkly double-page spread of webby wonderfulness that will hopefully inspire the kids in creating their own versions.

Book - Aaaarrgghh, Spider! lying on paper stamped with silver spiderwebs, plus cardboard spiderweb stamper.

Lydia Monks fantastically funny tale of a spider looking for a family to love…


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2 Comments

  1. I have a halloween and autumn obsessed littlie who is going to adore this. Fab idea hun! Would never of thought of it myself xx

    • Rochelle @ Rhubarb and Wren

      It’s loads of fun to do – and the stamps make pretty cool decorations themselves, too, once your done printing!

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