How to Create Blank Venn Diagrams

Venn Diagrams are one of the most commonly used graphic organizers. They visually represent the relationship between two items in two (or three or more) intersecting circles. Venn Diagrams are often used in assessment to measure a students ability to show the learning objectiveSWBAT compare and contrast.” They are also great tools for reading and taking notes.

The Definition of Venn Diagrams from The Religion Teacher’s Guide to Lesson Planning:

Blank Venn DiagramVenn Diagram: This is the most popular way to compare two topics. Two intersecting circles are labeled according to the two topics. Students list the similarities in the middle inside the intersection of the two circles and the differences in parts of the circles that do not intersect.




And Triple Venn Diagrams:

Triple Venn DiagramTriple Venn Diagram: Similar to a Venn Diagram, which compares two topics, a Triple Venn Diagram compares three topics with similarities between all three topics in the middle of all three circles and similarities between two topics in the intersection between two circles. Differences go in the part of each circle that is separate from the others.

Free Venn Diagram Printables:

Venn Diagram

Triple Venn Diagram (3 Circle Venn Diagram)

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How to Create a Venn Diagram

The easiest way to create a Venn Diagram is to have the students create one themselves. Just have them draw two large intersecting circles on a blank sheet of paper.

Students tend to draw these circles too small, so remind them to use the entire sheet of paper for the circles.

Creating Blank Venn Diagrams in Word and PowerPoint

You can also create Venn Diagrams in Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint. You can either use the SmartArt that comes with the programs or create the Venn Diagram yourself.

Here is a short video tutorial on how to make Venn Diagram circles in Microsoft Office:

(Click here to watch “How to Create a Venn Diagram in Word and PowerPoint” video in YouTube)

The key steps in creating these Venn Diagrams in PowerPoint and Word is to make two important changes:

1) Add a black outline
2) Adjust the Shape Fill to “no fill”

In PowerPoint, you can right click on the circles and “Save as Picture…” to use them in other ways.

Venn Diagrams should be staples in every classroom. These graphic organizers encourage critical thinking, challenging students to compare and contrast. They are easy to make and powerful to use.


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About Jared Dees

Jared Dees is the creator of The Religion Teacher and has worked in catechetical ministry for over ten years. He is the Digital Publishing Specialist at Ave Maria Press and the author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator.


  1. Hey Jared, thanks for the primer :) Another option that I’ve found useful is Lucidchart. If you follow that link, you’ll see that they offer blank Venn diagram templates. The best part, for me, is that it’s easy enough for students to draw the diagrams themselves.

  2. Many thanks for your contribution. I intend to share it with my friends. It’s quite gratifying to see a preacher move beyond boring ‘church going people’ with his sermons,. Again, many thanks,.

  3. I agree with elizabeth. Lucid chart has great venn diagram templates that are easy to use. It’s the best I’ve found so far and I love that it is integrated with google drive.

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