By: Heather Mann
Age: 4 and up
What has eight eyes and eight legs? Your child, in a no-sew spider costume! This Halloween, you and your child can fashion a homemade no-sew spider costume from clothing you already have in the closet. A long sleeve shirt and a couple pairs of socks are attached with duct tape and string to make this quick and easy getup.
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What you'll need:
- Black long-sleeved shirt
- Black stocking cap
- Black duct tape
- 2 pairs black socks (4 socks total)
- Black yarn
- 8 large wiggle eyes
- Plastic grocery bags (about 16)
- Glue dots
How to make it:
For Spider Body:
- Stuff black socks with plastic grocery bags. You'll need about four grocery bags per sock. (See photo.)
- Lay long sleeve shirt flat on work surface. Lay 2 stuffed socks along each of the side seams of shirt, evenly spaced apart. (See photo.)
- Attach socks to sides of shirt with duct tape. To anchor the sock to the shirt, use a 4" piece of tape running horizontally (side to side) across the edge of the sock, and then a second piece of duct tape vertically (up and down) over the edge of the sock. The second piece of tape should completely cover the edge of the sock. (See photo.)
- Turn shirt over and add tape to the other side of socks and shirt, repeating anchoring step above. (See photo.)
- Cut a 6' (72") piece of black yarn, and fold it in half, placing the folded section at the cuff of the sleeve. Lay the long tails of the string down across the two socks that are attached to the sides of the shirt. (See photo.)
- Duct tape yarn around cuff of shirt, with the long tails of the string coming off the bottom of the cuff. Tie a knot in the string at the bottom of the cuff. Be sure child's hand will fit comfortably through the cuff.
- About 4" from the knot, tie another knot. Place the middle sock between the two pieces of yarn, and tie the tail of the yarn securely around the sock. Knot at the bottom of the sock. Reinforce by attaching a small piece of duct tape over the string on the back side of the sock. (See photo.)
- Repeat step 7 for the bottom sock. Trim any excess string hanging off the knot on the bottom sock. (See photo.)
- Repeat steps 6-8 for other sleeve and socks.
- Attach 8 large wiggle eyes to black stocking cap with glue dots.
- For best results cut duct tape with scissors instead of ripping. Parents only: If your scissors get gummed up from the tape's adhesive, use a bit of rubbing alcohol and a piece of tissue to clean the blade.
- Wear this costume with neutral bottoms: jeans, black pants, or tights are all good choices.
- When you're done with the costume, just remove the duct tape and socks, and your long sleeve shirt is ready for everyday wear.
- Black dress socks and stocking caps can be purchased at the dollar store or a department store.
- To make a black widow spider, add a red hourglass shape to the back of the shirt with red construction paper and glue dots, or red duct tape. An old-fashioned cocktail hat with netting and a black tutu would be a great addition to a black widow costume, too.