How to Make Spider Costumes

Updated November 21, 2016

A spider costume is a classic Halloween costume. With eight eyes, eight legs and a culturally scary reputation, a spider is the perfect image on a day where being frightened is commonplace. A spider costume is easy to make and will not require a lot of sewing. It can be made inexpensively--look around your local thrift store for any items you might not own before going to the craft store. You can add accents to your costume to represent a certain species of spider.

Cut each pair of black nylons in half--you will have six pieces of fabric.

Stuff black tissue paper into each of the nylon tubes until it is 2 inches to 4 inches in diameter, or large enough for you to wrap your hand around it.

Thread the black thread through the needle by putting one end of the thread through the hole on the needle's end.

Sew the six stuffed nylon tubes to the sides of the long-sleeved black shirt. The nylon tubes should line up with the arms of the shirt. Hot gluing the nylon tubes to the shirt is another option.

Cut six pieces of black ribbon. Each ribbon should be about 40 inches long. Tie a black ribbon around each leg.

Lay the black fabric or headband flat on a table. Locate the centre of the piece.

If you are not using a store-bought black headband, tie the ends of a black piece of fabric together to fit your head. The black fabric can be cotton or polyester. Make the knot small so that the focus is on the eyes, not how the headband is secured. The headband should be about 3 inches to 5 inches in height so it covers your forehead.

Hot glue the six googly eyes in the centre of the headband or fabric in two rows of three. The eyes will be above your real eyes, giving the appearance of eight eyes altogether.

Put on black trousers, socks and shoes.

Put on the black shirt with the legs attached to it. Tie the end of each black ribbon to your wrist. When you lift your arms up, the six legs will also lift.

Put the headband or piece of fabric with eyes on it across your forehead, around your entire head. The headband should be tightly secured to your head. Hold in place using hairpins, if necessary.

Draw spider webs on your face with a face-paint pen.


Add an hourglass-shaped piece of red fabric to your stomach to represent a black widow spider. Use brown clothing and nylons to represent a brown recluse.

Things You'll Need

  • Long-sleeved black shirt
  • Three pairs of black nylons
  • Black tissue paper
  • Black trousers
  • Black ribbon
  • Black headband or piece of fabric
  • Six googly eyes
  • Black shoes
  • Black socks
  • Needle and black thread
  • Hot glue gun
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