Now that it’s October, Halloween is right around the corner! I love Halloween — the costumes, the decorations, the candy… but I hate to spend a lot of money on things I’ll only use once a year. Enter this quick and thrifty spider web craft! Using regular 8.5 x 11 inch printer paper, you can make some cute spider web decorations for your home. This would be a great project to work on with kids too! With this same method, you can also make larger or smaller sizes of spider webs, depending on what size paper you have on hand. I’m so excited to start getting my apartment ready for Halloween!
Begin by folding over the bottom of your paper, the same way you would start an origami project. Basically we want to create a perfect square from our rectangular sheet of paper.
Cut off the excess and leave the paper folded in a triangle.
Fold your triangle in half, into a smaller triangle.
Fold it in half again.
You could stop folding and make a pretty sweet design if you wanted, but it will end up pretty square. I did one more fold to make it more circular and spider webby.
Fold the triangle again, but this time bring the top point down to the side. Don’t worry about the weird extra part, we’ll take care of it next.
Trim off the weird extra part at the top of your triangle.
At the top of your triangle, cut out a half circle, with the deepest point being about half an inch from the top.
Find the open side of your triangle. This is where we’ll cut the slits for our spider web.
Begin to cut the slits. I made my holes (the ones I would be cutting off) wide, and tried to keep the gaps pretty skinny. I thought this looked more realistic than having equal sized holes and gaps.
Finish cutting your slits. I ended up with 10, but yours will vary based on your big you make them. Just make sure you have an even number of slits!
Cut out the holes.
Begin carefully unfolding the spider web. The cut edges will stick together, so work gently to prevent ripping.
Tada! What do you think? If you want to flatten them out a bit, you can set a dictionary or heavy textbook on them overnight.
I made a couple and hung them up on my fireplace, to get into the spirit of Halloween. Now to find a costume…