Halloween Crafts : DIY Spider Ribbon Hair Bow Tutorial

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Here’s something totally cute for you to make for your little one! This spider hair bow ribbon sculpture is the perfect accessory to complete your little one’s Halloween costume.

Below are the instructions to make the Spider Ribbon Hair Bow:

Halloween is just a month away and these hair bow tutorials are perfect for your Halloween costume.  

Halloween Spider Materials

2pcs 3/8 x 3 inches black ribbon
2pcs 3/8 x 4 inches black ribbon
8pcs 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches black ribbon
4pcs 3/8 x 4 inches black ribbon
2 pcs 1×7.5 cm black ribbon
2pcs 1x 10 cm black ribbon
8pcs 1x12cm black ribbon
4pcs 1 x 10cm black ribbon
1. Black grosgrain ribbon
2. 3/8″ or 1/2″ wide (1-1.2cm) grosgrain ribbon (any color)
3. Wooden clothespins
4. Large wooden dowel
5. Lined alligator clip
6. White glue solution (1tbsp white glue, 1/2 tbsp water, 1/4 tbsp rubbing alcohol)
7. Paint brush
8. Plastic folder
9. Clay eyes or googly eyes
10. Hot glue
11. Lighter


Before we begin, heat seal all your ribbons with a lighter or candle.

 STEP 1:  Find the middle part of the ribbon by folding it in half.  Add a dab of hot glue and then place the midpoint of another ribbon on top of it. The ribbon should be perpendicular to the first ribbon.  It should resemble a cross.  

STEP 2: Create a loop by gluing both ends of the same ribbon together.  Do this with the other ribbon.  Just glue the next loop on top of the first.  

STEP 3: Make another cross and glue the midpoint at the bottom of the first 2 loops.  Its legs should be at a 45 degree angle from the lines of the ribbon loops. 

STEP 4:  Now make another 2 sets of loops with these ribbons.  In my other projects, I would usually stop here. But I want a look that is more solid so I am going to make another layer of ribbons. 

STEP 5: Press the first layer of the ball at the middle so you will easily see the gaps.  This will help you in adding the next four ribbons.  

STEP 6: Keep adding ribbons and making them into loops ONE AT A TIME. This will help you see which of the gaps to fill. My main rule is when I add a new ribbon, I make sure that it is perpendicular to the last ribbon I made a loop with.  

Press the ribbon ball on its sides to bring back its round shape.

Here’s what the ribbon ball looks like when finished.  


STEP 1: Get the 1x10cm ribbon and then create a loop and then glue the ends together. It should resemble a petal shape.  Make 2 of these loops. 

STEP 2: Glue the looped ribbons on top of each other.  You only need to just glue the tip.  

STEP 3: Get the 1 x  7.5cm ribbons and then glue them side by side, slightly overlapping the other ribbon.  The ribbon ends should be on the same level.  

STEP 4: Glue the tips together.  

STEP 5: Insert the last set of loops inside the bigger loop and then glue them together.  Just glue the tips of both loop sets.  


STEP 1: Get 2 of your 1×10 cm ribbon and create a narrow “x” by gluing their midpoints together.  

STEP 2: Add the next 2 ribbons carefully, keeping the narrowness of the “x”.  Make sure that you glue them at the middle so the spider’s legs would be even.  It should resemble a stick drawing of a cat’s whiskers.  

STEP 3:  Shape each leg of the spider by cutting a slope from each tip. Make sure that each slope is facing one direction on each side and the pointed part of each leg is on the head’s direction.  

STEP 4: Heat seal the cut edges of the legs’ tips.

STEP 5: To bend the leg, grab a lighter and then quickly run it under the part of the leg that is 3/4 of an inch away from the tip.  Do it quickly as the ribbon might burn if it is exposed to the flame’s heat. What I do is I just place the ribbon near the flame a few moments at a time until it bends down.  

STEP 5: Do this with the rest of the legs.  


STEP 1: Attach the back tip of the head under the ribbon ball (body)

STEP 2: Glue the head and the body at the middle of the legs.  

STEP 3: Finish off by popping on some clay eyes or googly eyes on the head. 
Now you have a ribbon spider. 


To make a spiral nest, we would need to make some corker ribbons.  

STEP 1: Wrap your ribbon on the wooden dowel. Make sure that the ribbon isn’t overlapping itself while it is wrapping down the dowel. 

STEP 2: Secure the ribbon with wooden clothespins. Don’t use metal alligator clips as substitute as it might leave rust stains on your ribbon. Ew. 

STEP 3: With a brush, apply a thin layer of the white glue solution. Make sure that the glue covered the entire ribbon and make sure that there is no excess glue seeping out because the excess glue might create bubbles while baking it. 

STEP 4: Bake the ribbon wrapped dowel at 350 F or 180 C for 5-10 minutes or when the glue has dried up. 

STEP 5: After you have baked the ribbon, remove it carefully from the dowel.  Sometimes, you’ll just wiggle your dowel and the ribbon would easily come off, but with a thicker stiffener like the glue solution I just used, I would have to peel the ribbon carefully from the dowel.  

STEP 6: Cut the spiral (korker) ribbon into 4.

STEP 7: Heat seal the ribbon


STEP 1: Stretch the middle part of the korker ribbon flat.  Add a strip of glue into the middle. Make sure that it’s a strip and not a bead of glue as this keeps the middle part of the ribbons stretched out. 

STEP 2: Get another spiral ribbon and then stretch the middle part and then glue it on top of the first spiral ribbon at a slight angle. 

STEP 3: Keep stretching and gluing at an angle  the next 2 spiral ribbons until you have made a nice nest.  


STEP 1: Glue the spider at the middle of the nest. 

STEP 2: Finally, add a long strip of glue on the lined alligator clip, and then pop the spider and the nest on top of it.  

Now you have a super cute spider hair bow made of grosgrain ribbons.  


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