DIY Cardboard Spider Costume

DIY Cardboard Spider Costume

Halloween is one of my favourite times of year! I love getting dressed up, crafting spooky props, and watching all my fav Halloween-themed movies (Beetlejuice is the ultimate). If you’ve been thinking about some fun ways to get into the spooky season spirit, why not get creepy (and crawly) with this easy-to-make spider “boxtume”? This costume comes complete with a shimmery web and an 8-legged headpiece. All you’ll need are a couple of cardboard boxes and a few simple supplies. Size this costume up or down to fit an adult or a child. 

You Will Need

  • 2 large cardboard boxes
  • Black spray paint
  • Silver spray paint
  • Silver metallic cardstock
  • Paper clips
  • Cutting Knife
  • Stapler
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Time to craft!

Step 1
Cut 6 long panels from your cardboard boxes. Draw and cut out a web segment from one of the panels, then use it as a template to trace and cut 5 more. Put aside the inner piece from one of the web segments – you will need this later.

Step 2
Using the leftover box cardboard, draw and cut 8 fuzzy spider legs.

Step 3
Coat both sides of each web segment and spider leg with black spray paint. Once dry, add some decorative splatters to both sides of each piece using silver spray paint. 

Step 4
Cut some small diamond shapes from the silver metallic cardstock and staple these onto the spider legs to create some decorative detail. 

Step 5
Cut a long strip of cardboard that fits around your head. Spray this black on both sides. Once this is dry, curve and staple to secure into a ring. Then, staple 4 spider legs onto each side of the ring. Add some more diamond decorations if you wish.

Step 6
Use paperclips pushed through the cardboard to join 3 web segments together. Repeat this step to create another group of 3. 

Step 7
Using the inner piece of web cardboard that you put aside in step 1, create a harness with 2 long strips of cardboard as the “sleeves”. Spray each piece black on both sides before you staple them together. 

Step 8
Affix a section of web to each side of the harness using the stapler. Your boxtume is now ready for Halloween!


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