This Christmas Spider idea comes from back in the 90s when I made them as holiday gifts. I’m not sure where it originated but there were various stories that went with it. Being someone who loves to write poems I wrote one with some of the same concepts as the stories so it could be attached to the spiders. A tree filled with these for ornaments would be gorgeous and quite the conversation piece!
Please enjoy this idea and the free poem download that you can print and attach to your spiders for giving as gifts.
POEM THAT GOES WITH THE SPIDERS. (FREE PRINTABLE BELOW)
Christmas Spider Supplies
- 2 jingle bells of different sizes for each spider. Gold or silver. I used size 1 1/4″ and 1/2″ gold. 1″ would also work for the body. ( Too small of bells make it too hard to put the pipe cleaners into them. )
- 12″ pipe cleaners i.e. Chenille stems, gold or color of choice. 2 per spider.
- Tiny ribbon for bows.
- Hot glue gun for head bell if desired. (Or any thick glue that will hold well.)
- Very thin wire (Optional for tying bells together rather than gluing. )
- Downloadable poem tags printed on cardstock.
Christmas Spider Poem Printables
NOTE: The body works best with 1″ or 1 1/4″ bells. Smaller bells for the body will not hold the 4 pipe cleaners. The head can be 1/2″ or something close to that. You can glue the head on. Hot glue will not hold as well as epoxy or tying them on with wire or even string.
Gold spider with closeups of tying on the head and ribbon.
A tiny dab of hot glue will hold your spider onto this card.
I love your poem!
Dear Nancy, Just came across your lovely poem. I have been decorating our Christmas tree for the past 40 years with spider ornaments made from Christmas balls. I started collecting spider jewelry in my early twenties and back in 1982, my sister made 4 lovely yellow Christmas spiders and sent them to me to put on our tree, and then I took it from there.
I’m 82 now. It’s been a long and enjoyable hobby.
Thank you so much for the kind comment. I’m so glad you found this useful. Ü
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Thank you so much! This is lovely! I was gifted a beaded spider from a friend and love the concept.
I made these with a group of second graders after reading the The Christmas Spider’s Miracle. The kids loved it.
I wish I could show you the beautiful spider someone made for me many years ago.. It was made with beads, not bells! But now I can make some of these up for my special friends. Thank you for making them available!
Hi Nancy! I’ve seen some of those done in beads. They are also beautiful. So happy to have you visit!
OMG! These are soooo adorable! I hope you don’t mind but I’m absolutely going to steal 🙂 thank you xx
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There is another story connected with spider ornaments that takes place at the nativity:
A warm silken web the child to enfold
Spun by a spider in the stable so cold
In thanks for the warmth for the shivering babe
Between Mary and the spider a promise was made:
Good fortune will follow all who can see
A spider on Christmas Eve on their Christmas tree.
Very nice Sam! And it rhymes too! Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas!
Congratulations, Nancy! Your spider ornament and the delightful poem are featured tonight on Make It Monday. Come grab a feature button.
SO appreciate that!
That little spider is so precious! I’ll need to keep this in mind!
Found you on The Party Bunch. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much Chelsey. Glad you liked him. Thank you for stopping by!
I have some stained glass web ornaments from someone who told me about spiders decorating trees. Love your poem. Thank you for sharing both the spiders and the poem with Make It Monday.
How cool! Yeah that story has been around for decades in some form or another. Thanks for commenting Donna!
Hehe these guys are so cute!! Oh my goodness I totally want to make a couple of these for around the home!
Thank you so much Merrit. I’m pretty found of them myself. There pretty classy for spiders. Ü Thanks for stopping by!
I just love this! Those are the cutest spiders I’ve ever seen! Just darling!
Why thank you Malia. I really appreciate you saying that. Ü
So cool! Also, wanted to let you know about a party at my blog on Wednesday – hope to see you there! Can’t wait to party with you @ https://homeschoolapalooza.wordpress.com 🙂
Thanks so much Coco for stopping by!