How to Decorate With Gossamer

The sheer, shimmering texture of gossamer fabric creates a sense of elegance or whimsy in any type of space. Gossamer is a non-woven, gauze-like fabric named after a spider's web and originally made with silk. Decorating with this delicate fabric can add a fairy-tale atmosphere to a birthday party, wedding reception or other special occasion. The fabric is readily available from online retailers or traditional fabric and craft outlets.

A close-up of pink gossamer fabric.

Step 1

Cut pieces of gossamer into thin strips and lightly twist different colors together. Tie the multi-colored fabric strips into a bow around items such as vases, columns or small tables.

Step 2

Hang a set of net Christmas lighting from a wall, using nails or tape to hold it in place. Drape gossamer fabric in front of the lights, leaving at least 2 inches of space between the lights and the fabric to eliminate a fire hazard. Hold the gossamer into place with a curtain rod or piece of sturdy wire. The lights show off the fabric’s shimmering qualities and add atmosphere to a winter wedding or other special occasion.

Step 3

Create gossamer ropes by braiding three pieces of the fabric together. Hold the end of the braid in place with a staple. Drape the gossamer braided ropes over a curtain rod or use them to create a hanging net for items such as stuffed animals or party favors. Strategically hang several of the ropes in a decorative fashion from walls and ceilings.

Step 4

Cover walls with gossamer. String the top of the gossamer along a thin wire. Pleat the fabric by pushing it together. Run the wire along the top of the wall and attach each end to an eye hook.

Step 5

Sew chair covers made of gossamer by measuring the length and width of the chairs and cutting the fabric to the appropriate sizes. Use a needle and thread to sew the cover together.

About the Author

Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.