How many times have you almost walked into a spider web? Next time, instead of just brushing it out of the way, try preserving it so you can take a closer look.
Be cautious when doing this. Make sure the spider is not in the web. You don’t want him getting on you and biting you. Wear gloves just in case. Most spiders won’t bother people if they aren’t disturbed, but you are in their territory. And some spider bites are dangerous.
Also, be careful with the spray glue and varnish. Don’t get it on your face or eyes. And try not to get it on the leaves of any plants nearby. It could damage them.
It might take some practice to get a nicely preserved web. But you will find it fascinating to look at when you do.
Preserve a Spider Web
- garden gloves
- black construction paper
- spray glue (or hairspray)
- clear spray varnish
- Find your spider web.
- Put on your garden gloves.
- Hold the construction paper behind the spider web.
- Have an assistant spray the spider web with the spray glue. Some of the glue should also get on the construction paper behind it.
- Before the glue dries, carefully sweep the spider web on to the paper. Don’t pull at the web. Remove any remaining strands which are attached to nearby plants or structures with your fingers.
- Apply a light coating of spray varnish to the paper and web to ensure that it sticks and preserve it further.