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Charmed Costumes: Spider Shades


Slip into something outrageous, if only for a night. You needn't be disguised from head to toe: one mischievous piece is enough to get you in the spirit of the evening.


  • Black-rimmed sunglasses
  • Spiderweb template
  • Tape
  • Fine-tipped white paint pen
  • Small scissors
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue


  1. Step 1

    Start with an inexpensive pair of round, black-rimmed sunglasses. Photocopy our spiderweb template to fit lenses; secure template behind one lens with tape.

  2. Step 2

    Trace web onto lens with a fine-tipped white paint pen. Remove template; let dry. Repeat on other lens.

  3. Step 3

    For legs, use small scissors to trim the fuzz on both ends of four black pipe cleaners, as pictured, so ends come to a point; cut each pipe cleaner in half.

  4. Step 4

    Attach pipe cleaner halves to back of frames with hot glue. Allow enough room around hinges for glasses to open normally. Bend pipe cleaners to resemble spider legs.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2007