It’s September 30th, one day away from October, which means Halloween is close enough to get excited about. And I am. I’m busting out my TuTu Cute Halloween Wreath this weekend and putting up some spooktacular decorations. I couldn’t wait until the weekend to get into the the spooky spirit, though. I had a need to craft, and after looking for Halloween shirts for both Kendall and I, I came up with the perfect idea…well, as “perfect” an idea as one that involves black, permanent fabric paint and a 2 year old can be.

I started with 2 free/inexpensive shirts, one for me from Target (Liz Lange Maternity) on sale for $6, and one Kendall’s been wearing all summer (a hand me down from Carter’s). The only other supplies I needed were a tube of dimensional white fabric paint and a small bottle of soft, flat black fabric paint. I got them both from Hobby Lobby for less than $5. I had a cheap paint brush laying around.

I freehanded spider webs on both the shirts with the white paint. I positioned Kendall’s off to the side to strategically cover up some berry stains. I centered mine directly over where my belly is by putting the shirt on and drawing a cross that intersected directly over my belly button lightly with a pencil. The webs were really easy to draw, just draw intersecting lines in a circle (or half circle if it’s on the side), like you were cutting a pie. Then connect those line with perpendicular lines that slightly curve toward the center.

I let the shirts dry overnight, after I carefully inserted a paper folder inside both the shirts to keep the paint from seeping through to the other side of the shirt, something I should have done BEFORE I started painting.

The next day was the hard part. I stripped Kendall down, poured some black paint on a paper plate, and laid out the shirts, paint, paint brush and a wet rag <VERY important. Also important? That barrier of some sort inside the shirts to keep the black paint from seeping through.

I took one of Kendall’s hands and painted his whole palm and all his fingers except his thumb with a heavy coat of the black paint, all while gripping his wrist so tightly he might have lost feeling, and while reminding him over and over again how important it was that he be still. He was actually pretty good.

I carefully laid his painted hand on the spider web, creating half of the spider. Then I repainted his hand, turned the shirt around, and positioned it back over the original hand print so that the palm overlapped but the fingers went the opposite direction. Later, after the child is cleaned and locked away, you can go back over the spider with your paint brush to fill in any blank spots. (I intended to take pictures of this step, but…. black paint, toddler, one adult, you get the picture.)

*Note- this is when a wet rag will really come in handy. You’re most likely going to get black paint all over your hands, and you’ll need to remember to wipe at least one, or a few fingers before you turn the shirt around. If not, you’ll end up with a black smudge from your thumb on the shoulder like I did. That’s why Kendall’s shirt has 2 spiders.

My other tip would be to wash hands in between shirts unless you have another adult there to hold your kid back while you switch out shirts. The paint did wash off really easily since we didn’t let it sit on our hands too long.

For the finishing touch, I just went back with my white dimensional paint and added a smiley face to the spiders.

That’s it! Super easy Spooky Spider Handprint Shirts.

The results…

Eeek! There's a spider on me!

I guess taking my own picture makes me go cross eyed.

Up close with my 28 week belly

Kendall loves the shirts. Despite the death grip I inflicted on him, he actually had a pretty good time making them and I didn’t even end up with any black toddler handprints on my walls.

If the baby were here, I’d totally do this on a onesie, but I’d put the spider web across the butt and do a teeny tiny baby hands spider. Then I’d pair it with a pair of Halloween Baby Legs. Guess I’ll file that idea away for next year.

Happy Halloween Crafting!

  • 632
    Shares

20 thoughts on “Spooky Spider Hands Mommy & Me Shirts”

  1. so cute. I just did a pumpkin one this morning for halloween costume. used a stencil, though– still trying to figure out if i need to do more to it. we’ll see.

  2. Great blog!! I love the idea of fingerprints for the spider!! So cute and creative. Where does the energy come from? Husband gone, you’re pregnant, you have a toddler, list goes on… it makes me tired just typing it. Way to go Mom-of-two-to-be.

  3. Just wanted to let you know I did this with my 9 month old this weekend but instead of a t-shirt we did a fake pumpkin which I painted her name on and the date. Very cute and now something I can put out every Halloween as a decoration!

  4. Found your blog thru a Facebook post and have sat here for the last 2hrs reading your archives and cracking up! Love it! Especially as the mom of a 28mo old boy and a 5mo old girl, I can so totally relate! Love this craft and I am already trying to think of other ways to use this idea, maybe hand turkey shirts for my LO’s for thanksgiving!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • 🌍 Happy Earth Day! We're taking part in a huge giveaway today- and one of the prizes is a copy of my book! Read through to get all the details! 💚Follow @weangreen on Instagram for the first clue. 💚 The clues will lead to other businesses social media pages (could be on any social media including stories) 💚Once you find all the clues the last clue will lead you to the finish line-Don’t forget to enter on the Rafflecopter! 💚 Don’t skip the clues- there are some flash giveaways on different companies clues! 💚 Not enough time to play? Don’t worry, you can head over to Wean Green’s blog to enter to win. 💚Everyone that enters will receive a ‘Loot Bag’ once the contest closes! Contest runs from 7:00am EST April 22 - 11:59pm EST April 25! 🌍
  • Those sleepy eyes 😍 He was channeling his inner koala. @sandiegozoo
  • Is there anything sweeter than a baby who learns to wave hi and then greets every single person, car, dog, and tree with a smile? #wallaceaustin
  • These two are #brothergoals ❤️❤️ Also? @kampgroundsofamerica jumping pillows are Playground #GOALS
  • Oh. Ok, handsome. 😍
  • There are so many fresh faces here, and I’m thrilled! My 15 month old is currently napping ON ME so I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to introduce myself and share more about Baby Rabies to you newcomers. 🤗 👋🏻 I’m Jill Krause, mom of 4 (nearly 10 year old son Kendall, 7 year old daughter Leyna, 4.5 year old son Lowell- we call him LoLo a lot, and 15 month old son Wallace). I’m married to Scott, my college sweetheart- MIZZOU 🐯 👶

Baby Rabies is what happens when your baby fever is incurable. And that’s what happened to me 11 years ago when I bought BabyRabies.com and decided to blog anonymously about my secret and sudden obsession with conceiving my first baby. 👬🤱 The logo is a play on a positive pregnancy test, but we love and embrace all kinds of families and caregivers around here, no matter how they came together. 💖

It is my greatest wish that this space is inclusive and supportive and uplifting, without feeling sanctimonious or void of humor. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We are always open to improving ourselves, but perfection is never the goal. 🏞

I’m currently traveling the country in an RV with my husband and 4 kids. We sold our dream house last year to find our dream life. We are documenting that at @happy.loud.life So if you see pictures pop up and wonder why we spend so much time in an RV or why our baby has, like, 4 outfits, or why we seem to go on a ton of vacations- that’s why. 😆 ❓

Are you new here? I’d love if you’d introduce yourself below! ✨
  • I could hug whoever invented the puddle jumper floaties. Kids have no idea the torture we endured with blow up floatie wings back in the day. I can still smell the plastic and hear the awful noise they made when you had to take them off after you got wet.
  • Spring training for summer starts now. 🌞