How to Make Paper Spider Webs Kids Craft



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One craft my daughter never gets bored with is that of making paper snowflakes for winter and webs for Halloween. She is very happy to sit there and fold and cut, making up her own designs that can be hung up or stuck in the window as quick, easy and inexpensive decorations.

This is a great craft for children who have either mastered the art of using child friendly scissors or good practice for those who are learning to use them, often from around the age of 3 – 5. It can really help to develop those fine motor skills as they grasp and manipulate the scissors and it can also help with adults wanting to teach good safety measures with these instruments too. Depending on the age and skill of the child, supervision may of course be required.

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draw around circular object such as a plate

Draw around a circular object like a plate onto colored paper

Step 1: This is very easy. To prove just how easy it is, my daughter (who was around 5 when these photos were taken) is demonstrating how it is done. The first part is to make a circle of paper to fold. You want to start with a pretty large circle because that will make folding and cutting easier. We choose a plate for drawing around which almost filled the width of the paper.

At the time, my daughter's favorite color was blue so she wanted blue paper. You can use any colored paper but it may be more fun for kids, once they know how to make these, if they can choose a patterned paper or maybe a rainbow or metallic one instead. A silver cobweb would look great.

child cutting out a blue circle of paper with kid friendly scissors

Cutting out the circle of paper with age appropriate scissors

Step 2: Here she is cutting out the circle she drew with her child friendly scissors. These tend to be sized nicely for smaller hands to use and they come with rounded tips instead of sharp, pointy ones. However, the inner blades are still sharp so some education on only touching these tools by the handles may be necessary either as a reminder or a new instruction on safety if they have not used these before.

folding the circular paper in half

Folding the circle of paper a number of times

Step 3: Once the circle is cut out, the folding fun begins. This process of folding the circle can be good for teaching the basics of fractions (halves, quarters) and also shapes such as a semi circle. The circle needs to be folded in half and then folded in half another 2 or 3 times.

If you used thin paper this might be easy to make lots of folds and if you used thick paper it might prove a little harder. It can also be more difficult to cut too, the more folds (and layers of paper) there are. So some judgement is needed.

cutting the folded paper

Cutting into the folded paper to make a pattern

Step 4: Making more of an actual spider web shape is best done by cutting narrow grooves into one side of the folded paper. This will give more of a web feel to it. However, I think it’s good to let children have fun coming up with their own designs and being creative. You can certainly show them and give guidelines on how it could look but letting them decide is great for their own sense of self esteem and learning.

Making spiders webs with paper cutting

Completed cobweb paper spiderweb design made by a young child

Step 5: Here's one completed. It's fun to open it up and see the end result. Another way for kids to give it more of a webbed style is to draw circular lines around the finished paper and draw over the folds or to glue yarn in circles around it. They could look at real images of webs to see and learn from the patterns.

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