Ever try to help your child decide something easy, only to have them pick the more round-about way?
We tried to convince our 3-year-old to pick the store-bought Spider-man costume. After all, he watched the 2012 The Amazing Spider-man (with Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield) for every day of like 6 months.
But nope. Our son just wants to be a spider. So I put my creative side to the test.
We started out purchasing this from the store. We spent about $13 for the hat, shirt, and pants, combined. We already own the Converse shoes and all other items.
If you’d like to copy this look, you will need:
- Black hat
- Black shirt
- Black pants
- Black shoes
- Pool noodle
- Wire & wire cutters
- Needle, thread, and scissors
- Googly eyes
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Black and white face paint
It took me a long time to decide how to create the extra legs. I had thought about going back to the store for more shirts to cut up. Or sewing something extensive. Didn’t really feel either idea.
Then it hit me. Black socks!
In order to create a sturdy spider leg, use a pool noodle. To get all 4 spider legs from one piece, cut it in half it. After this, slice length wise, however long their arms are.
Just tuck the extra length back into itself in order to prevent cutting.
Step 2 (Optional):
You can even thread a bit of wire through the pool noodle and out of the sock opening. That will help you be able to bend the spider leg and create a more natural shape. And also, to give more structure.
(I spy a kitty in the picture!)
Then, with your child trying on the black shirt, black pants, and suspenders, adjust everything the way it will lay on them. Begin stitching the spider legs to the suspenders.
Then stitch a long string between the outer layers of the legs and onto the bottom of the sleeve. This will allow the legs to move when your kiddo moves.
Fashion your googly eyes to your black hat whichever way you prefer, using the hot glue gun. I am temporarily using white beads to show you how I plan to fasten the little googly eyes.
On the big night, paint your child’s face black, and or paint on some white fangs with black liner around them.
For the BIG REVEAL we have a BIG SPIDER!
We would’ve added 6 gloves to the upper spider legs (not including his feet), but we had used gloves for trick-or-treat once before. It didn’t work so well for the candy grabbing. So unless it’s pretty chilly night, maybe you want to leave the hands free.
I love the idea of the suspenders even more now. This way I can take trim the attachment string off and he can sit comfortably in his car seat on the way to and from. It wouldn’t be a lot of work (to string new on or even to knot tie each leg again).
Our 3-year-old giggled when he saw how cute he looked!
Would your kiddo like to dress up for trick-or-treat as a spider?
Now with all of the guesswork out of it, I hope you can use this idea to make your very own spider costume!