I want to share with everyone the product I use that has truly changed my Halloween costume making and has made anything possible. After years of experimenting with paper mache (too heavy), wire and fabric (not stable enough) and many other methods, I finally found plumbing pipe insulation. This is extremely light weight, bendable, sturdy when glued into forms and is really inexpensive. All you need is a little imagination, some pipe insulation, lots of hot glue and time!
My grandson, Aidan, wanted to be Spiderman for Halloween but as we always do costumes that are Halloween related, I had to think of something that would fit but would also make him happy. I finally came up with an exterminator escaped from a spider's web. This is our Homemade Insect Catcher Costume.
I sewed a quick overall costume and painted a "bug buster" logo with acrylic paint onto it. Next I used hot glue to form webs and attached a few pieces of Halloween decor spider webs, to thicken the webs in place.
Using strips of insulation I began to form two dome shapes for the head and body and attached them together. I made the legs from uncut pieces of insulation and using the glue gun tip melted away the insulation a little at the joints to create bends. I attached the legs and feelers and covered the whole thing in fun fur. I painted it with black acrylic paint and used orange and yellow on all of the joints and on the body.
I finished with eyes made from Styrofoam sliced from a Styrofoam ball. I used Velcro to attach the spider's legs to the coverall costume to make it easily removable when necessary.
The whole spider barely weighs anything. This costume cost about $15.00 for fabric and insulation and took four evenings to make.
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