Spider's Web Canvas inspired by Nature

This activity was inspired by our weekend walk through a local forest.

 The forest canopy produced a variety of colours & shades which seemed almost luminous in the sunlight.

Whilst running around being a lion (!) Minnie noticed something hanging in the trees.

These spider's webs were spun around a cluster of tree branches in this particular area of the forest. When the sun shone the webs seemed to sparkle as the rays caught the threads. Isn't nature beautiful!

Inspired by our walk we had a go at creating our own spider's web. Firstly we talked about the colours of leaves on the trees & Minnie decided which colours of paint she wanted to use. We had another look at the photos we’d taken of the trees & talked about shades of colour, looking at the difference between light, dark etc. Minnie has been keenly noticing & commenting on colours & shades recently.

We added lighter/darker colours to Minnie’s chosen paint & she began to mix.
Once Minnie was happy with the paint mix, she set to work on creating her forest canopy picture!
I set out a selection of sponges & different sized brushes for her to choose from.

Minnie loves exploring textures when painting, & will always squish the paint through her fingers, paint with her hands, & squeeze the paint from a paint-laden sponge.

Once Minnie had finished creating her forest canvas we left it to dry for a couple of hours outside. The canvas has to be completely dry before you move onto the next step, when you’ll need some runny PVA glue & glitter.

We moved the dry canvas onto a large sheet of paper, & Minnie created her spider’s web design by squeezing the glue all over the canvas... & paper!! In movements that were akin to street dancing (!) she twirled the glue around to make her web. (Instead of using a squeezy bottle, you could drizzle runny glue from glue sticks/lolly sticks to create a similar effect.)

Minnie then sprinkled glitter all over the canvas, completely covering the glue. We gently tapped any excess glitter onto the paper & left the canvas to dry. This can take a day or so if lots of glue was added. We tipped the excess glitter back into our glitter container for another project. ;-)

And here's the finished canvas

Minnie loved making this web so we created another one, this time with a darker background.

The silver glitter looked fantastic against the black paint, & the runny glue creates a raised pattern on the canvas.

This is a great craft for all ages, little ones will have fun sponging the paint on the canvas & drizzling (splatting) the runny glue! It's also a great opportunity to explore nature, insects & habitats, & discover the colours, patterns & shapes that they offer.

Minnie's work of art is now on our kitchen wall, not only does it look great, but it's also a lovely reminder of our family walk through the forest.


  1. BEAUTIFUL! We made cards like this but it looks much nicer on a canvas!

  2. Oh, that's gorgeous! You have one creative little darling there!!!
    I am definitely keen to try this one with my little darling - she loves painting and glue-ing ... and glitter just adds to the fun!

  3. Thank you Anna :) I made canvases like this years ago when working with preschoolers & the children loved it! Have just been waiting for the opportunity to share the idea with Minnie. Our woodland walk gave us the prefect inspiration! :)

  4. Thanks Larissa :) Paint, glue, glitter -it's the perfect combination isn't it! :D
    Have fun creating, I'd love to know how it turns out.

  5. Not only is it beautiful, but the process is wonderfully child-centered. I just love how it came straight from Minnie's interest in the spider web.

  6. Oh, how beautiful! Well done, Minnie! I love that she is thinking about different shades and mixing them just the way she wants! I'm sharing this on fb now. Love it! :-)

  7. This is fabulous! Came out great!!!

  8. I will try it with my girl:) Amazing!

  9. I appreciate your "art expression-extension" of something that peaked your little lady's interest. Very Reggio.

  10. That is beautiful! I do like it against the black canvas better too - its just stunning! But to be inspired by nature, the leafy green is fantastic too!

  11. How clever! I love this & it would be a great art activity across a school! Thank you for linking to the RC!

  12. The glitter looks pretty enough that it *almost* makes me feel bad for throwing all the glitter in the house out after the last glitter escapade, lol.

  13. I did it and she just loved it:)

    Thanks for sharing this cool project!

  14. Oh those are so pretty! I love it when you see something in nature and a crafty light bulb goes up and you have a fabulous idea! This is indeed FABULOUS! Love it... I think I like the green canvas best :-)

    Thank you for sharing this on Kids Get Crafty! Always a pleasure to see you there!


  15. very pretty. I like the green backgrounds textures, but I think it looks so much more stunning on the black background. I tried to do something similar with my son, but he didn't get to do lots of glue. He just wanted to do a dot here and there so it was his art, but not what I thought it would be. I loved doing this sort of thing as a kid. Thanks for sharing at art 4 little hands this week. Hope to see you back tomorrow.

  16. Ohhh, very pretty! This is such a great idea; thanks for sharing!

  17. We used this idea, on paper, ages ago but recently were learning about spiders so made spider pictures again. This time we used canvases and were delighted with the results. I've posted a picture.