Many thanks to guest contributor Ruth Randall for this spellbinding tutorial.
Sure, anybody can make paper snowflakes – but how about paper cobwebs for your Halloween decor? Just don’t stare too long at your creations – you may find yourself hypnotized and under the spell of trick-or-treaters out to empty that treat bucket!
Here’s how to cut out your own Halloween cobwebs for a spooky – and magical – night.
You Will Need:
- 8-1/2 inch paper (or whatever size you have available) – black, gray, silver, deep purple or deep blue
- Safety scissors for kids
- Small plastic spiders (from a craft or dollar store)
For this project we created one web out of white paper so readers can better see the diagrams in this article For your haunt, we suggest using gray or black paper, as white tends to look very snowflake-like no matter what you do to it!
Another option is the muddy purple vellum that was rescued from the scrap booking pile, shown below. This cool paper has met its glorious Halloween destiny!
Using a regular 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper in one of the color choices suggested above:
- Take your piece of paper and fold in half.
- Fold in half again.
- There will be a center point on your paper where it has been folded (unfold to find it, then fold again). Have that point facing you, and put your thumb over it. Take the right corner and fold over. One small point will stick out.
- Take the left corner and fold over the right. You’ll have something of an arrowhead-look.
- Cut the top off so it looks like an arrowhead pointing at you.
- Cut a spike so it looks like the third image below. This will be the outer webbing.
7. Begin making curved cuts that echo the curve of the spike.
8. Cut the bottom point how you would like. I cut a tiny “v”.
Just as with a winter snowflake there are bound to be some surprises when you unfold your cobweb. The finished cobweb above is the white version – it still looks like a snowflake, but with a bad attitude. (We like that!)
Iron the cobwebs if you wish them to be more flat; they will come out rather crumpled. If you do iron them put another piece of paper or cloth over them so that the iron does not tear through the cutwork.
Being unhappy with the snowflake-like cobweb lead me to a search through old scrapbook papers, which revealed some muddy purple vellum. Perfect! It had just the right effect in making a spooky/creepy spider’s web. Attach the spider with some glue, and you’re done!
Vellum papers will offer the most compelling medium for this project, but I found this medium was a little more difficult than regular paper to fold and cut. Luckily, there are many colors of copy paper you can choose from.
There are a lot of ways to use these fun cobwebs:
- They make great doilies for a Halloween buffet.
- Tape them together (very carefully) for a table cloth or curtains.
- Coasters. Cut smaller cobwebs (start with a 5” square) and use paper mache to attach them to cardboard coasters. You could make more permanent type coasters by using the same technique to attach them to thin balsa wood and then cover with a sealer.
- Spread a few up around a candle for a centerpiece.
That’s it – so easy, so quick, so inexpensive…and so spooky!