This Halloween take on a tarot-card reader's disguise, complete with chains, medallions, and deck of cards. The necklaces may look flashy, but they're just "costume" jewelry -- gold paper circles glued to lengths of cord. A tattered skirt doesn't require any sewing; instead, cotton squares are tied together with twill tape. Ours is made from 10 squares of fabric; add or subtract squares to adjust the size.
Eleven 30-inch squares of cotton fabric, in floral
36-inch square of linen, fringe edges if desired, in lilac
5 feet of 1/2-inch twill tape in white
Double-sided metallic gold craft paper (or glue two pieces together, back to back)
Aaron Caramanis (pictured), an in-house crafter for "The Martha Stewart Show," created this homemade spider costume, an easy Halloween idea for a child or adult. For a brighter alternative, try our octopus costume variation.
Spider costume pattern
Fabric pencil or chalk
2 1/2 yards black velveteen fabric*Yardage given is for a child's costume. More fabric may be required for adult costume; measure enlarged pattern and lengthened tentacles before purchasing fabric.
2 packages white iron-on patches
2 packages black or red iron-on patches
2 yards black double-fold extra-wide bias tape ribbon