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Embracing the treasures of nature to craft beautiful creations is not only a delightful endeavor but also an environmentally conscious choice.

Utilizing materials found in the great outdoors not only celebrates the environment but also offers an abundance of readily available resources. Remember, when collecting bark for crafts, opt for bark from a dead fallen tree rather than a living one, ensuring sustainability and preservation. The unique properties of birch bark, known for its waterproof nature, make it an ideal material for adorning your outdoor Halloween spider web craft.

We love creating crafts that demand minimal materials yet deliver a significant 'wow' factor, and we believe this craft achieves just that. For this project, you'll only need two materials, but it's essential to plan ahead and keep an eye out for birch bark during your next nature walk or outdoor adventure. Look for a piece that remains whole, like a fallen branch still encased in its entire bark. If the inner wood is dead, it will come off easily. If you can't find an intact circular piece, you can tie a string at one end to create a circle.

What you need:

1. Birch Bark (circle or oval)

2. String or yarn

3. Scissors

4. skewer or a large pin

Gather a piece of intact birch bark:

First, cutout the round pieces to the desired thickness, 2-5 inches wide.

If you don’t like the shape of the bark and prefer it to be a bit rounder, simply wet the birch bark and wrap it through a glass jar, leave it there until it is dry.

To craft the spider web, you must first puncture holes where you want the string to go, approximately every inch around the entire circle of the bark. Then create the vertical and horizontal lines using the yarn. Form an 'X' pattern by crossing the yarn over again, creating a sideways 'X,' similar to the picture below:

Now it’s time to make the inner spiderweb. Tie any knots that need tying and trim an excess yarn. Follow the steps and images below to create the web weaving:

  1. Cut a long piece of yarn and double it up, creating a loop at the end.

  2. Put the loop under one of the strings and bring it up and over, grab the other end of the string and put it through the loop hole, creating a knot when you pull the string.

  3. Now use that string to weave clockwise or counterclockwise, start in the middle and work your way out, going under and over the next piece of yarn. Do this as tightly or loosely as you want.

  4. When you have reached the end and want to stop, simply tie the string with a knot.

  5. Tie a piece of string to the top of the bark to hang your project.

We hope you have fun creating this waterproof Halloween Spiderweb craft to hang outside!

You can hang any spiders you want to it, or make the spiders out of nature finds. We made spiders using pine needles and acorn tops!!

Feel free to tag us on instagram @acorns.and.aprons if you create this waterproof birsh bark spider web craft. We would love to see your creation and will share it to our stories. if you tag the actual photo we will notice it better than a mention in the post. Happy crafting!


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