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The Christmas Spider

Updated on November 30, 2016

The Christmas Spider - A Christmas Tree Decoration Tradition - Christmas Spider Ornaments

Welcome to my Christmas Spider Ornament site!

Back in September of 2011, I came across a Christmas tree ornament in the form of a beautiful sparkly spider.

The beaded spider was absolutely gorgeous, all sparkly and colorful; however, I immediately wondered why anyone would want a spider on their Christmas Tree! A spider, for Christmas?

I mean, really?

So I did a quick search on the internet and found out that having a spider on the Christmas Tree is a tradition that many follow. I had never heard of such a thing and went looking for a "reason". Shortly thereafter, I also heard about it from Cindy Lietz, a polymer clay artist who is instrumental in many of us "clayers" learning the ins and outs of using polymer clay in our jewelry and everyday life.

Keep reading to find out how the Christmas Spider tradition got started . . .

The Christmas Spider Ornament - Red, Sparkly, and Available! - Put a Christmas Spider Ornament in Your Tree This Year

The Christmas Spider - Red, Black, and Silver
The Christmas Spider - Red, Black, and Silver

How To Contact Me Regarding The Christmas Spider

I may always be contacted regarding this Christmas Spider lens via the Guestbook at the bottom of this site or emailed at When emailing, please remember to place the words "Christmas Spider" in the subject line as I do not open email from addresses I don't recognize.

The Christmas Spider - Christmas Tree
The Christmas Spider - Christmas Tree

How The Tradition of the Christmas Spider Came to be . . .

Once upon a time, in the days leading to Christmas Eve, a busy mother was thoroughly cleaning her house with her broom to make sure the house would be ready for the day that the Christ Child appeared to Bless the house - Christmas Eve!

She was so thorough with her cleaning that the spiders hiding in the upper corners near the ceiling ran from the busy broom and hid in the attic. However, the curious spiders couldn't see what was going on from there.

They knew that a big Christmas tree had been brought in and decorated, but they hadn't had a chance to see it yet. They could hear the kids squealing with excitement, the rustle of ornament boxes being opened, the smell of popcorn popping, and all the hustle and bustle in the house were driving them crazy with curiosity. They really wanted to see what was going on.

And if the Christ Child was coming, they wanted to see Him, too!

They didn't want to be left out!

So the oldest and wisest spider led them back to the crack in the attic where they watched out for the busy mother and her broom. They watched her finish her cleaning, getting dinner ready for the family, and then, finally, all the people in the house went to their bedrooms to rest for the night.

Slowly and silently, they crawled through the crack in the attic, down the stairs, and across the floor to a Christmas Tree decorated with handmade ornaments, threaded popcorn, and candy canes. It was beautiful . . .

But the spiders wanted to see everything up close!

So they quietly made their way up the tree and around each branch. They criss-crossed each other and wound around and around the tree looking in awe at all the beautiful ornaments that were decorating the tree. They each agreed that the busy mother had indeed done a fine job of getting the tree ready to celebrate the Christ Child's birthday.

But there was a problem. . .

Everywhere the spiders had gone, they had left their sticky webs.

When the Christ Child visited to Bless the house, he saw what the spiders had left behind. He was pleased that the spiders had joined in the celebration, but he knew that the busy mother wouldn't think the same way.

So, with a smile and a look of joy shining in his eyes, he touched each spider web and turned them into glittering strands of silver and gold that danced and shimmered upon the tree.

And ever since then, we have decorated our Christmas trees with tinsel and garland and hidden a small sparkly spider somewhere within the branches of the tree.

Christmas Spider Ornaments Require Seed Beads for the Legs . . . - Match Up the Seed Beads With the Spider Body!

While you may make only a few Christmas Spider Ornaments and use traditional colors, I like making them in all sorts of color combinations, so I need lots of seed beads in different colors. Here is a seed bead package that offers quite a few colors for a very decent price . . .

Cindy Leitz offers a very good tutorial on how to create a version of the Christmas Spider Ornament if you are interested in making some of your own. And the link is here.

An Orange and Coral Colored Christmas Spider Ornament

The Christmas Spider - Orange Red
The Christmas Spider - Orange Red | Source

Here is a Christmas Spider Looking For a Tree of His Own

Once I learned of the tradition of having a Christmas Spider in the Christmas Tree, I just had to make a few. Of course, one will be in my own Christmas tree from now on and I had to make a special one for each of my sons.

Here is an extra one looking for a home this year.

Inexpensively priced at only $15, with a $2 shipping and handling charge within the United States.

Have a preference for a certain color or colors? Write me at (write the words Christmas Spider in the subject line as I just do not open emails from addresses I don't recognize) and let me know what you'd like to see on your own Christmas Tree.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!


The Christmas Spider - white/black
The Christmas Spider - white/black

This Little Christmas Spider Ornament Has Plenty of Character!

While each Christmas spider ornament I make will be unique and individual, some of them just have more character than others.

They are all fun to make and the ideas for color combinations just keep spinning in my head (no pun intended there).

If YOU have a particular color or color combination that you would like to order, please send me an email at and I'll be happy to make you a Christmas Spider ornament of your color preference.

Christmas Spider - watercolor lilac
Christmas Spider - watercolor lilac

A Christmas Spider Created By Using Torn Watercolor Beads

Delicate, Beautiful Polymer Clay and Beaded Jewelry

Here's another version of what I envision would look wonderful on the Christmas tree as a beautiful Christmas Spider ornament.

What do YOU think?

The Christmas Spider Legend in Video

I'm not particularly thrilled with the speaking part of this Christmas Spider video, it's a bit rushed and the voice stumbles a bit, however, it is the only one I could find. I guess this just means that I have another project to complete; make my own Christmas Spider Legend video! LOL

It does show a gorgeous Christmas tree!

Evolution of My Christmas Spiders!

The more I make of these darling little Christmas Spider ornaments, I see little changes that I can make to have them looking better and lasting longer. :) I've been changing wire gauges (the thickness and strength of the wire), how I attach the legs, and now the hanger size and shape.

While I think each one is unique and beautiful, each new one just gets prettier all the time.

So, saying that, here is another version of a Christmas Spider ornament that I think you will like. The large polymer clay beads are of a red and purple swirl mix and the legs are violet red, silver, and iridescent black seed beads.

A New Beaded Christmas Spider in Green, Gold, and Black

The Christmas Spider - Green Gold
The Christmas Spider - Green Gold

How To Make A Pipe Cleaner Christmas Spider With The Kids

Here is a pipe cleaner Christmas Spider "how-to" that the kids will probably enjoy making for the upcoming Christmas Season.

Kid's crafts are easy, fun, and a great way to spend quality time with the whole family, even when you are crammed for time.


Can You Give Me Some Feedback Regarding This Christmas Spider Site?

Time is ever so precious and never as much as the few months leading up until Christmas!

Talk about a hectic time trying to get everything done and still get done everything that needs to get done . . .

Were the few minutes you spent here worth the time? Did you get a smile reading about the Christmas Spider? Do you already have a Christmas Spider ornament on your tree?

Thanks for spending a few moments here and remember to send people here when you hear they've never heard the Legend of the Christmas Spider!


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    • profile image 3 years ago

      Christmas Spiders

      How much are they please


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      WaterMom 6 years ago

      These are SWEET!

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      AceEmbroidery 6 years ago

      Very nice lens - love the legend behind the Christmas Spider.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Never heard of this before and it's been around for a while apperantly.... will def have to get one for our tree and have people ask, hey why do you have a spider in the tree...

      thanks for the info...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Never heard of this before and it's been around for a while apperantly.... will def have to get one for our tree and have people ask, hey why do you have a spider in the tree...

      thanks for the info...