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How to Make a Spider Paper Chain | Easy Halloween Crafts

This spider paper chain is a fun and easy Halloween craft that not only kids but adults will enjoy creating as well. Whether you are looking to create a few DIY Halloween decorations for your home, classroom or just as a fun seasonal activity, this craft is great for getting everyone into the holiday spirit.

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I think that Halloween is one of the most fun holidays to decorate for. With bats, Jack-O-Lanterns, spider webs and more, the possibilities are endless.

One of my favorite things about holidays is creating fun seasonal crafts with my kids. Buying decorations are fun but making them yourself is even better!

Today I’m excited to share with you how to make this creepy spider paper chain. Simply follow the steps below and you can make one of your very own.

Supplies needed:

  • Black construction paper (Or any other color would work too! Feel free to be as creative as you would like!)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Free Printable Halloween Paper Chain Template (Optional, available at the bottom of this post).

How to make a spider paper chain:

To make the paper chain, you can follow the written out step by step guide below. Or, if you would like, you can also watch this video below:

Step 1: Fold paper in half.

Begin by folding a piece of construction paper in half longways. Next, you need to cut the paper in half along the fold. For this chain you will only be using one half of the piece of paper.  To make the chain longer, you can use the other half of the paper to create a second chain and then attach the two together using glue or tape.

For my sample chain, I used a 9×12 inch piece of paper. However, feel free to use any size paper you have. Just make sure that the strip you are making the chain with ends up being a long rectangle.

Step 2: Fold in half three times.

Next, fold the strip of paper in half. Fold it in half a second time, and then again once more for a total of three folds.

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Step 3: Unfold and then refold accordion style.

Unfold the strip of paper completely. Fold it again, but this time using an accordion style fold. This means that you will be folding one section in, turning the page over and folding the next section in. Repeat this until the entire strip of paper is refolded.

This is very important! After you have finished folding the paper, make sure that the right side of the top fold opens like a book. The left side of the paper will be the folded side and it should not open. Ensuring this will make sure that all of the spiders connect to one another.

accordion fold black paper

Step 4: Draw half of a spider.

The next step is to draw half of the spider shape. You can follow the example in the photo below.

Make to have one side of the spiders legs run off the side of the page. Doing this will make sure that the spiders will connect together when you open the final paper chain.

If you would like a free printable template to help out with the drawing process, check out this post. Or you can also find the download link at the bottom of this post.

half of spider drawing

Step 5: Cut and unfold.

Cut out the outline of the spider. Unfold the paper to reveal your spider paper chain! Four spiders should have been created. If you would like to make a longer paper chain, you can repeat the process as many times as you would like and connect all of the chains together using glue or tape.

spider chain final

More Halloween Paper Chains:

halloween paper garland template

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