Sometimes the easiest paper creations are surprisingly incredible, like today’s project: Making a paper net.
I first learned how to make paper netting years ago and it was so simple I didn’t think it was worth doing a full post on it. Yet every time I shared paper nets we made on social media I got so many ooooohs and aaaaahs that I decided it was absolutely worth sharing this magic paper technique with you! I also created a template you can download and print to make it even easier.
- Template (optional)
Paper Net Instructions
Time needed: 10 minutes.
Learn how to make a paper net from one sheet of paper
- Fold paper in half
Fold your paper in half lengthwise. If you are using the template, fold along line #1.
- Fold in half again
Fold your paper in half again lengthwise. If you are using the template, fold along line #2.
- Draw lines
Use your maker to draw lines as shown. Alternate the starting edge of every other line. Stop each line 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the edge. If you are using the template, the lines are drawn for you.
- Cut along lines
Use a pair of scissors to carefully cut each line.
Very carefully unfold the paper net along both of the main folds. The cut edges will tend to stick together so take your time unfolding them.
- Flatten and open
Once your paper is unfolded, hold the ends and gently pull your paper apart to reveal a net!
More Ideas for Your Paper Net
- Color your paper! Color it before you cut it.
2. Use magazine pages. Look for full color pages to use to make colorful paper lace.
3. Make it longer. Overlap the short edges and glue them together with a glue stick. Let dry and them pull apart. You will have paper netting double it’s original length.
4. Turn it into garland. Here are two methods for using this same technique to make lovely paper garland: Rainbow Garland and Cardstock Paper Garland
More Paper Cutting Ideas
If you enjoyed learning how to make a paper net be sure to head over here to see how to make paper lace and paper planets!
Ranka Čordaš says
SO EASY AND SO BEAUTIFUL FOR MYCHILDREN IN KIDERGARTEN!!!
Ana Dziengel says
Thank you for posting such a great and easy idea. I can’t wait to try this. It’s such a simple, yet very creative and fun idea. I also appreciate the suggested variations.
Have a great Labor Day weekend!
Ana Dziengel says
Yay! I’m glad you like it!