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Visual brainstorming and idea organization have never been easier with Canva’s free online spider diagram maker. Create your own spider diagram to simplify your note-taking, revisions, and project planning today.
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Use our free online spider web diagram maker to organize and weave your ideas and concepts effortlessly. Whether you are making a freeform or a labeled spider diagram, Canva’s spider diagram creator has all the intuitive tools and a rich library of graphic elements to help you craft the best visual representation of any concept or insight.

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How to make a spider diagram

How to make a spider diagram
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Open Canva on desktop, mobile, or web. Then, search for “Spider Diagram” to start your project.

Get started with a free and customizable spidergram template. Or, use a blank spider diagram template. Be inspired by beautiful spider diagram examples from our collection that you can filter by color, theme, or style.

Edit your custom spider diagram template by adding your main topic in the middle of the diagram. Then, add subtopics or ideas on the connecting blocks.

Further customize your spider web diagram by drawing lines, adding connectors, changing colors and fonts, and even adding images. Brainstorming with others? Collaborate simultaneously by sharing a link to your spider diagram design with colleagues, students, or clients. When you need more space, expand to a whiteboard easily from the editor.

Download your spider diagram in a high-resolution JPG, PNG, or PDF file. You can even present it straight from Canva or share it as an email or post for your social accounts. Working on a presentation, lesson plan, or in Canva Docs? Attach it easily to any design project at hand.
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What is a spider diagram?

A spider diagram, also called a spider web or spider map diagram, is a visual representation of ideas, thoughts, or concepts organized in what looks like a spider and its web. Spider diagramming is also a visual brainstorming technique itself. It is where you start organizing ideas or concepts in the center of the diagram, and then you add sub-topics or sub-ideas as branches (or legs) of the spider diagram. Spider diagrams are used for project planning, note-taking, idea organization, or problem-solving.

Organize and weave ideas

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Don’t just get tangled with a web of ideas. Canva’s spider diagram maker lets you jumpstart any brainstorming sessions with inspiring pre-made templates and graphic elements. Efficiently add topics and sub-topics using built-in text boxes, then make them visually appealing with lines, connectors, and branches in different colors, styles, and animations—making your spider diagram easier and quicker to understand.

Collaborative problem-solving made easy

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Whether you are diagramming a personal project or running a brainstorming session, our spider diagram maker lets you collaborate effortlessly in real-time. Share a link to your spider web diagram design with clients and colleagues so they could add their proposed solutions and insights. Leave comments on your diagram for your teammates to act on asynchronously. Or, share kudos and pin stickies to agree or vote on an idea.

Quick and effective note-taking and studying

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Create a well-structured spider diagram on Canva and level up your studying and note-taking experience. Whether you’re taking meeting minutes(opens in a new tab or window) or revising for an exam, there’s a pre-made spider web diagram you can use and fill out to save time. Or, start with a blank diagram template and transform your study notes into easy-to-digest chunks of spider web diagrams.

A visual network of connected ideas

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Expand your thoughts like a web. When there’s not enough space in your template, switch to a Canva Whiteboard and continue brainstorming with your team, students, or peers. Branch out more ideas from your central topic and ultimately see a fuller view of the subject. Then, add elements like images, icons, or illustrations from our design library to create visual cues for you or your team on your spider diagram.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A spider diagram helps you organize complex ideas, concepts, and processes into a simple overview or outline. The goal is to present and visualize information in an easy-to-digest diagram so that you can quickly draw insights, find meaningful connections, or spark creative juices. Use our spider diagram maker for your brainstorming, mind mapping, problem-solving, note-taking, project planning, studying, and more.

The main difference between a mind map and a spider diagram lies in its structure. A mind map follows a more hierarchical structure and uses uniform nodes, blocks, lines, and connectors in the same manner throughout the diagram. Meanwhile, a spider diagram is more freeform and customizable. Create your own spider diagram by adding blocks and connectors in various shapes, sizes, and styles that match your needs.

Spider diagrams or maps are best for note-taking when you want to summarize or organize your information on a subject. Using our spider diagram maker, place the main topic or subject you are studying in the center of the diagram. Then, add related subtopics to the central block. Gradually branch out the blocks depending on the information, evidence, or related data you have. Combine creating spider diagrams with active recall, and you’ll get more significant benefits with this study technique.

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