While I’m always here for a traditional jack-o-lantern, this year I decided to spearhead a different approach. Come to find, it’s really easy to hand-stitch a spider web using simple black yarn. These pumpkins interspersed alongside DIY pumpkin flower planters in our seasonal displays add a unique whimsy and appeal.
They’re easy enough to make – perhaps easier than carving a jack-o-lantern. It just involves weaving black yarn through holes drilled into your hollow pumpkin. Learn how to make your own spider web pumpkin in the below tutorial.
- serrated knife
- cordless drill with 1/8″ bit
- black yarn
- fine-gauge wire
- plastic spiders
1. Clean Seeds Out of Pumpkin
Use a knife or jigsaw to cut away the top of the pumpkin. Remove the seeds and guts from the pumpkin.
2. Drill Holes for Web
Use a 1/8″ drill bit to make holes through which to sew your spider web. Spider webs are naturally irregular and unique, but to create a uniform circular web shape, mark a center point on the pumpkin and drill through it. From that point, drill evenly spaced points on the same plane upwards and outwards in various directions. Keep each hole on the same plane 1” apart. Think of it as if you were plotting points for a dot-to-dot asterisk.
Once you’ve created all of the holes, clean the surface of the pumpkin so that the holes are more easily visible.
3. Stitch Circles
Tie a 3- to 4-foot piece of black yarn to a piece of wire (it’s easier than trying to thread yarn through the end of a needle).
Loop the yarn in and out of the holes you made in the pumpkin in a backstitching pattern to create the circles that form the spider web.
Remember, it doesn’t matter what the inside of the pumpkin looks like. Weave the yarn around until your line runs short, and then cut a new 3- to 4-foot piece and continue. The inside will look quite tangled as you work, even though the exterior stitching looks neat and organized.
4. Stitch Straight Lines
Backstitch more lengths of yarn in straight lines to visually connect the circles. Selectively extend several lines beyond the circles to emulate the irregular appearance of a real spider web.
5. Attach Plastic Spiders
Attach plastic spiders to the web. You can use a dab of hot glue if they don’t easily snag into the fibers.
Top off the finished pumpkins with their lids and a few fake spiders then show off your crafty pumpkins.
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- Make black noodles for Halloween Mac & Cheese
- Create backlit, creepy eyeballs in your windows
- Make a DIY Halloween Totem Pole
This project was originally created for DIYNetwork.com.