The original tutorial is for a complete 360 degree spider web. However, I wanted to make a spider web that could be placed in the corner of a bookshelf or door, to give locations you don’t usually decorate a nice Halloween flare. Halloween craft #3: Paper Spider Web Tutorial.
- 12 x 12 black card stock (one sheet per spider web)
- X-ACTO knife
- Glue Stick
- Heavy book
Step 1: Starting at one end of the card stock, use the ruler to measure off 1 inch. Bend the card stock along the 1 inch line. Continue bending, creating an accordion of 1 inch wide segments.
Step 2: Fold the accordion in half, creating two equal rectangles. You will work on one half at a time because the paper is so thick.
Step 3: On one half of the accordion, use the pencil to draw the lines you will cut around. Draw a slight curve at the top, and 3 rectangles along the edge, leaving space in between. See the template below or the original tutorial for an example.
Step 4: Unfold the accordion, creating one long rectangle. Using scissors, cut along the curved line at the top. Next, cut the lines that make up the sides of the rectangles. Using the X-ACTO knife, cut the final edge of the rectangle. I cut through 2 folds at a time, pausing to remove the cut out rectangles.
Step 5: Fold the accordion in half again and use the pencil to trace around the areas you just cut out. The second half of the accordion is now ready to cut. Repeat step 4.
Step 6: All the cuts should be complete. Fold the accordion in half and use the glue stick to attach the two halves. Press firmly together and hold in place for 5-10 seconds. Place the spider web folded in half on a flat surface. Cover with a heavy book and let it set for 10 minutes.
Step 7: Remove the book and gently open the spider web. The glue should now be set. Use the tape to attach the spider web to the underside of a bookshelf or door frame. I placed a roll of tape every inch or so along the two edges of the spider web, then gently pressed onto the underside of the bookshelf.