How to freeze a spider’s web

Before you pack the kids off trick-or-treating, try this simple activity to admire and preserve the intricate homes of arachnid artisans. A great way to get kids to see spiders in a different light.

Illustrations by Alan Batley

All illustrations by Alan Batley


Locate an intact web with space behind it. Obviously, take great care to ensure that no spiders are present. Take a can of non-toxic spray paint, and, holding it 15–20cm away, spray the web. Make sure you avoid the surrounding vegetation.



Coat a large square of card with spray adhesive (hairspray also works just as well). Position it behind the web. Push the card into the web until the anchor strands break. The web should stick to the card.