Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Easy DIY Kids Spider Costume

We really love reading and it's always fun to create crafts and activities to go along with our favorite books.  Today I'm joining forces with other kid bloggers to present a Halloween Read and Play Blog hop!    This means that today, over 25 kid bloggers are posting great activities and crafts to go along with Halloween themed books.  (You can see links to all the great ideas at the bottom of the post!)  We made a DIY spider costume for our post.  It was inspired by a beloved book character, Splat the Cat!

Easy DIY Spider Costume

super easy DIY spider costume

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Have you heard of the Splat the Cat Series?  We love these books. For Halloween, we read Scaredy-Cat, Splat!

I don't want to ruin the story for you, so here's just a snippet to explain today's craft.  Splat the Cat's initial costume gets ruined and his mom has to quickly whip up a homemade spider costume from socks and string.

I love the idea of making something from nothing, so we tried our hand at quickly whipping up a spider costume just like Splat the Cat's mom!

Let's get making!   

Materials Needed

  • Black Stockings
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Masking Tape
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Yarn
  • Safety Pins (4)

Let's Make a Splat the Cat Spider Costume!

steps to make a spider costume

1.  Cut your legs off of your black stockings.  Then, cut each leg in half so that you have 4 black tubes.  Roll up your newspaper and then shove it into your black stocking tubes.  Tie off the ends.

2.  Now you should have 4 stocking tube legs.  Now take the top portion of your pantyhose and then tie the two leg holes up.  This will create little ears for your Splat the Cat hat.

3.  Doodle some eyes onto masking tape, cut them out, and stick them onto your Splat the Cat hat.  (If you read the book, you'll see that Splat's eyes kind of look like this!)

4.  Use safety pins to attach your legs to a black shirt.  Then, cut out two long piece of yarn.  Tie the legs together on each side and tie a loop on the end of the string for the arms to go through.  Now your fake spider arms should move whenever your child's arms move!

Tada!  It only took a couple of minutes to make and we used materials that we already owned.  Chuck LOVED wearing the costume and pretended to be a spider for the rest of the morning!

let's make a DIY Spider Costume

Now if you like the idea of making really quick and easy DIY costumes, you can check out this DIY Thing 1 Costume, this no sew Felt Lightening McQueen Costume, or this no sew Mr. Potato Head Costume for some inspiration

And remember!  This post is part of an AWESOME Halloween Read and Play Blog Hop.  Make sure to check out the other book based activities from fantastic bloggers!

Preschool Powol Packets- Room on the Broom- Croaking Frog Craft
Betsy's Photography- Popcorn- Making Popcorn Bars
Where Imagination Grows- 5 Little Ghosts- Ghost Collages
Rubberboots and Elf Shoes- Skeleton Hiccups- Paper Chain Skeleton
Little Bins For Little Hands- ABCs of Halloween- Sensory Bin
Line Upon Line Learning- The Spooky Old Tree- Prepositions Game
Wise Owl Factory- Bunnicula and others- Halloween Book Fun Learning Round Up
Planet Smarty Pants- The Picky Little Witch- Halloween Cupcakes

Don't forget to check out the Halloween Read and Play Pinterest Board which features ALL these great activities!

Have fun, friends!