How to Make Spider Webs Out of Paper


Spider webs are an iconic part of any Halloween decor. Whether you are decorating for a big party or just for passing out candy, spider webs are an inexpensive way to go. The ones made out of netting or cotton can be messy and hard to take down once they are done. An alternative is to make homemade spider webs out of paper. This is a fun and inexpensive craft that the whole family can enjoy.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper (standard 8.5x11)
  • Scissors
  • Plastic spiders
  • Glue
  • Fold a sheet of paper in half.

  • Fold the paper in half again, but do not press down to form a full fold. Instead, lightly crease the second fold, then reopen so that you are back to just the original fold.

  • Place the paper with the original fold in front of you horizontally. The folded crease should be facing you.

  • Fold the bottom right-hand corner of the paper from the midpoint fold so that the corner meets the center of the left-hand half of the page.

  • Fold the bottom left-hand corner of the paper from the midpoint so that the edge lines up along the right-hand fold.

  • Cut off the excess paper at the top of the paper so that it forms a perfect triangle.

  • Hold the triangle with the point facing down. Using scissors, make a cut on one side of the triangle that goes in about 2/3 of the way to the middle. Make an identical cut just below it, and then snip off the flap of paper from the middle. Repeat on the other side of the triangle, making sure you don't cut all the way through on either side, or else the triangle will fall apart.

  • Repeat step 7 all the way down to the point of triangle. Unfold and your spider web is complete.

  • Glue a small plastic spider on the web. It doesn't have to be on the center, it can be anywhere. Hang the web on a wall or anyplace that needs a Halloween decoration.

Tips & Warnings

  • Because the paper will be folded multiple times, it is best to use thin paper to accomplish this task. Thick paper may be hard to cut through after it's been folded. This is especially true if children are making the spider web using safety scissors. Try origami or tissue paper if regular paper is too tough to cut through.

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