How to make your own Doc Ock Spiderman costume

Doc Ock, or Dr. Octavius, is a villain from the "Spider-Man" comics and movies. In the "Spider-Man 2" movie, Doc Ock was played by Alfred Molina. Doc Ock is a mad scientist with four flexible, strong arms with pincers on the ends. With some items purchased from a hardware store, as well as some patience and creativity, you can make your own Doc Ock costume.

Cut the drain tube with a razor blade into four equal segments of (300 cm) 10 feet each to make the arms of the costume.

Set the cardboard on a table. With your pencil, sketch out one pincer finger. The pincer finger will go into the end of your drain tube arm. A single pincer finger should be about (150 mm) 6 inches wide. Cut out your sketched cardboard pincer finger with your scissors. You will use this as your pincer finger pattern for the rest of your pincer fingers. Place your pincer finger pattern on your cardboard and trace around it with the pencil. You will trace 12 pincer fingers. The 12 fingers will be arranged in groups of three at the end of your drain tube arms. Use your scissors to cut all 12 of your traced pincer fingers.

Paint your pincer fingers silver. In a well-ventilated room or outside, set your cardboard pincer fingers onto a dust sheet. Spray them evenly with a coat of silver spray paint. Wait 10 to 15 minutes for the paint to dry. Flip them over and spray paint the other side.

Attach the pincer fingers to the inside of your Doc Ock arms. Tear off 50 mm (2 inches) of plumber's tape, and attach it to one end of your cardboard pincer finger. Affix the tape and pincer finger to the inside of your drain tube arm. Leave about (125 mm ) 5 inches of the pincer finger hanging out of the top of your drain tube arm. Repeat this step for the two other pincer fingers around the inside circle of the drain tube. Repeat this process for each of your Doc Ock drain tube arms until all four of your arms have three-finger pincers.

Attach two of your drain tube arms to the right, vertical aluminium bar on your backpack frame with your plumber's tape. Make sure you have the flat side for the drain tube arm, without the pincer fingers, against the backpack frame. Wrap the plumber's tape all the way around the frame and end of the drain tubes several times until it is securely in place. Repeat this step with your remaining two drain tube arms on the left side of your back pack.

Ask a friend or family member to help you with this step. Put on your black trench coat and strap your backpack frame over your shoulders. Have your helper mark the position of the drain tube arms onto your trench coat with your chalk. Remove your backpack frame and trench coat. Take your scissors and cut 100 mm (4 inch) holes at the chalk marks. Strap your backpack frame over your shoulders. Have your helper assist you in placing the arms of your costume through the holes you just cut in your trench coat. Button the front of your trench coat to cover the backpack frame and put on your sunglasses.


Brand-new aluminium backpacks can be expensive. You may be able to find a used aluminium frame backpack at a garage sale or online. Use your scissors and razor blade to cut the aluminium frame and shoulder straps out of your used or new aluminium frame backpack.


Be careful using the razor blade to cut the drain pipe. Use a tool bench or outdoor surface that cannot accidentally be damaged as you cut. Have someone hold the pipe steady as you cut to help ensure you don't slip and cut your hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Razor blade
  • 75 mm (3 inch) flexible drain tube, 1220 cm (40 feet)
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Silver spray paint
  • Dust sheet
  • Scissors
  • Plumber's tape
  • Aluminium backpack frame
  • Chalk
  • Black trench coat
  • Sunglasses
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Jane Olcott has been a writer since 2005. Her work appears on various websites, focusing on entertainment, book publishing and travel. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film production from Loyola Marymount University.