Early last October (2009) we watched an episode on HGTV that was all about decorating for Halloween. One of the DIY decorations they made was a very large spider web and webbed person. We ran to the store the very next day, purchased the supplies we needed, and began constructing a lifesize web of our own. Fast forward one year later… we wanted to strive for a bigger and better web this year. That’s where the larva sacks come into play.
How to construct the web:
We used 2 packets of 25 foot thin white rope. Cut a 6-8 inch center ring and then take 5 equal pieces of rope and connect them to the center ring. These will be the pieces of rope that connect to the walls. From there you just start building off of it.
*I wish I had pictures to show you, but this web was constructed last year! This year we sprayed a black spray paint on to parts of the web to give it more of a rugged look.
How to construct the webbed person:
This webbed person is about 4ish feet in length. You can make it to be as large or small as you’d like.
We constructed the body using about a week’s worth of newspaper and a roll of white tape.
Then we used a few packages of cheese cloth and wrapped him until we could not see any more newspaper. Since pulling him down from the attic this year we noticed we could see quite a bit of the newspaper so we wrapped another package or two of cheesecloth around him. Once you have all the cheesecloth applied you’ll want to add cobwebs to your “webbed” person!
Now it’s time to hang this poor soul…
We literally hang him by part of the cob web we use to wrap him with!
Unfortunately, a thumbtack will not hold this webbed person up. It’s too heavy, so you will need to drill a hole in your ceiling and attach the mummy with a anchor and screw!
How to construct the larva sack’s:
At the beginning of September I posted on all of the Halloween projects I aspired to recreate that you can purchase on Grandin Road. Well the larva sacks were one of them!
First you will want to ball up newspaper and tape it together. Then you’ll want to spray the newspaper white. Attach a piece of string to each of the sacks, and begin wrapping with cheese cloth. After you have enough cheesecloth on your sacks you’ll want to wrap some more cobwebs around them.
Now you may begin to hang your larva sacks. Luckily we did not need to drill another hole into our ceiling!
Regular push pins worked fine!
Lastly, you’ll want to add tons of cobwebs to your life-size web and additional spiders of all sizes!