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WILD DAYS: Make an outdoor spider web

Not everybody likes spiders but they really are fascinating creatures! If you’ve ever stopped to watch one spin its own web, you’ll know what we mean. 

It is well worth taking the time to watch, and I guarantee you’ll appreciate them in a whole new light.

You can create a mock spider web yourself using string and sticks. Hang it up outside and within a few days a spider will almost certainly have found it and used it as a base for its own web.

It’s easy to do, all you need is a few twigs and sticks, string or yarn, and a pair of scissors.

  1. Start by collecting some long twigs or sticks from outside. The straighter the better! Be careful to only take the ones that you find already lying dead on the ground – you don't want to be taking fresh ones from living trees.
  2. Position your sticks on a flat surface so that they are lying on top of each other to form the star-shaped frame of the web. You can use as many as you like for this.
  3. Wrap the end of your string around the middle of the frame several times in different directions to help hold all of the twigs or sticks together. Is it strong?
  4. Then wind the string over and behind each twig or stick, going around in circles, until you have created a web pattern. You can decorate the web with any natural materials that you have collected from outside, like moss or dried leaves.
  5. Once it's finished, hang it up outside and check on it regularly to count how many spiders are living on it! Are any other small creatures using it too?

We would love to see what you've attracted to your web. Send us pictures, stories, and videos on social media using the #WildDays.

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