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How to Create a Spider-Web Picture Frame for Halloween

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Alyssa loves celebrating holidays and making fun crafts. She is a wife and mom who drinks a lot of coffee!

This is what my completed spider-web picture frame looks like.

This is what my completed spider-web picture frame looks like.

Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love decorating the house, listening to the Halloween hits, and staying up late waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Charlie Brown is a classic, but my favorite seasonal movie is Hocus Pocus. It was one of the first movies I ever saw in a theater, and it's on my watch list year-round.

What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than to create something inspired by one of the classics? For me, it's not an occasion without a wreath. Chalk it up to old age and a love of crafting, I guess. Humor aside, I wanted to create something truly unique to hang up on the wall this year. Thus, this Hocus Pocus picture frame wreath was born! It's subtle, eccentric, and perfect for the season.

I'd love to say this craft is simple, but Dolores Umbridge would be eagerly waiting to give me a magical reprimand. I must not tell lies. The idea is simple, but the execution is not. This picture frame wreath takes some time—about three hours—and patience. Working with thread is not easy. However, the effort is well worth it!

This Hocus Pocus spider-web picture frame will add a little sparkle to your Halloween décor. Gather your supplies, set aside an afternoon, and create something truly eye-catching!

Materials Needed

  • Old picture frame (ideally a black one)
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • 1 sheet printer paper
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters

Instructions: Web Outline

1. Remove the backing and glass from your picture frame.

2. Fold a piece of printer paper in half hot-dog style. Sketch out the design of your web as a guide.

3. Create the basic outline of your spider web. Knot a piece of thread in the upper left corner of your frame. Run the thread diagonally down to the opposite corner and knot. Trim the excess. Repeat on the opposite side for two diagonal strings.

4. Create a vertical line by knotting a piece of thread around the top center of your frame. Run the thread straight down to the bottom of your frame and knot, trimming the excess thread.

5. Create a horizontal line by knotting a piece of thread on the left side of your frame in the center. Run the thread straight across and knot on the right side of the frame in the center. Trim the excess thread.

Instructions: Center of Web

6. Knot a small piece of thread in the center of your web to hold all your strings together. Trim off the excess thread.

7. Flip the frame over. Knot your thread at the top of the vertical string about half and inch from the center. Trim excess. Wrap the thread clockwise under each string twice until you get back to the top. Knot and trim excess.

8. Repeat the same process, knotting the thread about half and inch from your first octagon at the bottom. Trim the excess. Wrap thread counter clockwise around the strings of the web until you get back to the bottom. Knot to secure and trim the excess.

Instructions: "Hocus"

9. Flip the frame over so the front is facing you.

10. Tie a knot of thread on the left-hand side of the horizontal string about half an inch from the frame. Trim the excess. Run the thread up at a diagonal and knot it to the frame. Trim the excess thread.

11. Repeat this same process about half an inch over to create your H shape.

12. Knot your thread in the middle of the first leg of your H. Trim the excess. Wrap the thread over and under the other side of your H to connect and finish the letter. Continue wrapping thread up at a diagonal to the next section of your web. Knot your thread and continue back down to the horizontal line to complete your O. Knot and trim the excess thread.

13. Tie a knot of thread about an inch down from the top of your O. Trim the excess. Wrap the thread up around your diagonal string and knot, trimming the excess. Your C is created from this top shape, the side of the O, the horizontal string, and the top of your second octagon.

14. Tie a knot about two inches down from the top of the frame on the right diagonal string. Trim the excess. Wrap the thread all the way up to the top vertical string, over the frame, and back around. Then wrap it diagonally down to the horizontal string on your web where it meets the frame. Knot the thread after making sure your line is tight. Wrap it back up on a diagonal to your right diagonal string, about half an inch above your second octagon. Knot the thread and trim the excess. This creates your S shape.

15. To create the U, knot a piece of thread around the top of your octagon where your C ends. Run the thread straight up to the top of the frame and knot. Trim the excess.

Instructions: "Pocus"

16. Knot a piece of thread on the horizontal string in the middle of your H. Run the thread down to the left diagonal string and knot about a half an inch from your frame. Trim the excess. Knot another piece of thread in the same spot on the horizontal string and run it diagonally down to the left diagonal string of your web. Wrap the thread around two times and then bring the thread back to the first string at a slight diagonal, creating your P. Knot and trim the excess.

17. Knot a piece of thread where your P connects to the left diagonal string of your web. Run it across to the vertical string of your web and knot. Trim the excess. Repeat this where your P ends on the diagonal string. Knot it there and at the vertical line. Trim the excess.

18. Split the O you just created in half by knotting a piece of thread in the middle of each horizontal line. Trim the excess.

19. To create your C, simply move the knots on the original vertical string. Slide the top knot up slightly and the bottom knot down slightly. You should now have an O and a C.

20. For the U, knot a piece of thread where the second octagon meets the original vertical string just above the top of your C. Run your thread at a slight diagonal all the way down to your frame. Knot and trim the excess. Knot a piece of thread where your C meets the original vertical string. Run the thread at a slight diagonal down to meet the side of the U you just created. Trim the excess.

21. To create your second S, knot a piece of thread about two inches from the bottom of the frame on your vertical string that makes the U. Run your thread diagonally down to knot where your original diagonal string meets the frame. Trim the excess.

22. On the original right bottom diagonal string, knot a piece of thread about an inch down from your second octagon. Run the thread up diagonally to meet your original horizontal string and knot it about an inch and a half from the frame. Trim the excess thread.

Instructions: Finishing Touches

23. Lay your frame on a piece of cardboard. Put a little Elmer's glue on your finger and gently spread it on the threads that make up the letters in your web.

24. Sprinkle a little glitter over each letter to make them stand out and sparkle. Let your glue dry.

25. Cut a piece of floral wire approximately 12 inches long. Then cut it in half.

26. Fold one piece of wire in half three or four times to create a small spider body.

27. Cut the second piece of wire into four sections.

28. Wrap each section around your spider's body to create legs.

29. Attach your spider to your frame with a piece of thread. Choose to let the spider hang freely, wrap it around the frame, or allow your spider to rest in its web.

30. Hang your picture frame web up to enjoy as part of your Halloween decor.

© 2020 Alyssa

Comments

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 02, 2020:

Thank you Lora! I'm happy to hear you are inspired to create your own frame wreath. Happy crafting my friend!

Lora Hollings on October 01, 2020:

What a neat craft for Halloween! It is really eye-catching and unique. I love the idea of putting the web in a frame. Have you ever thought of being an interior designer? Your craft ideas are always so original and interesting. I will definitely have to make this one. Thanks for sharing!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 01, 2020:

Hahahaha! Yes, Bill, that would definitely be easier!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 01, 2020:

Thank you, Abby!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 01, 2020:

Thank you, Pamela!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 01, 2020:

That is so very clever, Alyssa. It looks great for Halloween and that is a fun time. Great job!

Abby Slutsky from LAFAYETTE HL on October 01, 2020:

This looks like a fun craft. Thanks for sharing. Your photos were great too.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 01, 2020:

That is very clever indeed. Or you could do it my way, hang up the picture frame, and let a rea spider make the web. Much, much easier my way, don't you agree? :)

My son loves Halloween too. He watches a horror movie every night of October to celebrate.