How to Make a Giant Spider Web for Halloween

pumpkins and a black faux spider on a spider web on the front porch

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One of my fondest memories growing up is watching my Dad make the giant spiderweb for Halloween every year on our front porch. 

This spiderweb was HUGE and I was always in such awe of it. 

Now that we have a front porch of our own, I finally get to create that giant spiderweb for my kids!  

This Halloween DIY is so simple and makes a big impact on your porch. 

If you’re looking for an easy, inexpensive way to add some Halloween decor to your home – this is a winner!  

So let’s get to the tutorial.

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Things You’ll Need

Notes:  Our porch has columns, so I was able to create my spiderweb in between and use the posts for tying them.  If you don’t have columns, you can try using screw-in eye hooks or nails to tie your ropes to.  

Can you use any type of string to make a spiderweb?  

Absolutely!  You can make a spiderweb out of any rope, yarn, string or anything you have.  If this is an outdoor spiderweb, consider getting rope that will stand up to the elements, like macrame cording or clothesline.  

How long does it take to make a spiderweb?  

This honestly took me all of 20 minutes.  Once I got my foundation strings up – the actual weaving process for the webbing was a cinch!  

How to Make a Giant Spider Web

You’ll want to first tie strings for the “foundation” of your spiderweb.  Then you can create the individual webbing by weaving in and out of these “foundation” strings.  

Here’s how you do it.  

  1. Tie three strings across – one at the top, one in the middle and one at the bottom.  
  2. Now tie a string from the top to the bottom that crosses the middle.  
  3. Tie a diagonal string going from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.  
  4. Tie a second diagonal string going from the top right to the bottom left corner.  These strings should all intersect at the middle.  
  5. Starting with the outer edges working towards the center, weave string in and out of these “foundation” strings.  You can tie a knot at each cross string, or just loop it around tightly.  Pull your strings taut – this creates a better looking spiderweb.  You can start each row with a new piece of string, or just continue through with one long strand.  Keep going until you get the center of the spiderweb.  
  6. Tie a knot at the end to finish off the web and keep it secure.  
tutorial for making a giant spider web out of string
a giant spider web between porch posts
DIY Porch Spider Web

That’s it!  I made up a little diagram for how I did this.  

a diagram showing how to construct your faux spider web out of rope.  

The beauty of this DIY porch spider web is that it shouldn’t look perfect.  It looks a little more spooky and realistic when the rows are slightly off.  

a close up of a faux giant spiderweb

The finishing touch will be your giant spooky spider!  These spiders have bendy legs so you can easily “hang” them on your spiderweb.  Add one or two – or more depending on how big your spider web is!  

a giant spider web for halloween on a front porch
a spider on the front porch for halloween
Faux Spider
a big DIY spiderweb on a front porch
Faux Spider

If you don’t feel like making your web, you can actually buy these giant spiderwebs.  But I probably used less than $5 worth of rope.  The savings went towards other Halloween decorations.  Up to you. 

pumpkins and a black faux spider on a spider web on the front porch
how to make a giant spider web for Halloween
how to make a giant spider web for halloween
a close up look at a faux spider on a spiderweb made from rope

I think it’s the perfect way to spook up your porch for Halloween! So now that you know how to make a giant spider web, are you ready for more Halloween posts?

Check out these cheap Halloween Mantel ideas!

And check out my Halloween Decor Board on Pinterest for lots of spooky inspiration. Follow me while you’re there!

Xo Karen

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