Add a bit of wimsey to your garden, by inviting spiders in with a spiderweb frame!
We often squirm at the idea of spiders, but outdoors in the garden, spiders are beneficial! Why not welcome them in? Here’s a great article about why we should want spiders in our gardens.
Here’s how we made our spiderweb frame. We used power tools, but all this could be done with hand tools. You’ll need the following tools:
- A saw (a keyhole saw would be good)
- 2 Screws (long enough to go through the thickness of your wood frame and into your post)
- 11.5×10 piece of wood (we used 1/2″ plywood as this was a prototype, but you could certainly use a nicer grade of wood)
- 1×2 post in any length you’d like. Ours is 2.5 feet
Here’s what you’re going to do:
Cut a piece of wood into an 11.5×10 piece. Mark with a pencil, a line 1.5 inches from the bottom, going across the piece of wood.
Next, draw an “X” through the middle of the to 10×10″ portion of the wood.
Then, starting at the center point, measure 5.5″ out on each line leading to the corners.
From the end of your 5.5″ mark, cut a 45* angle, creating an octagon that looks like this:
Next, measure out a 3/4″ border within your octagon, and mark it with a pencil. Keep your cut line within the 10×10″ portion of the frame. The big portion at the bottom will be used for securing the post to the frame. This will be your cut line, so you can cut out the inside of the frame.
Drill a hole right on the inside edge on your cut line so you can get your saw in there.
Then, start cutting! Cut all along the inside border, all around.
You’re almost done! Now you need to grab your two screws and your post, and screw the post into the frame.
Voila! You’ve completed your spiderweb frame! Now push it into the dirt in your garden, and wait for a spider to show up, to make your frame her home!
When you make your spiderweb frame, please send photos so I can post them, or link your blog below. I’d love to see what you made!