A sweet disguise for a proper little lady! Her wig and cap are made from accordion-folded paper, a paper bowl, and coffee filters.

By Jocelyn Worrall
August 13, 2015
Little Miss Muffet costume
Credit: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

What You'll Need

  • Small white paper bowl
  • 20 white coffee filters
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 2 sheets purple paper (approximately 19"x 25")
  • Newspaper
  • 2 sheets black construction paper (12"x 18")
  • Tape
  • Pom-poms
  • Double-stick tape
  • Stapler and staples
  • Ribbon

Make It

  1. Cap: Start with paper bowl as your base. To make ruffles, fold 2 filters into quarters and staple at their points to secure. Repeat with additional filters. Hot-glue ruffles around interior of bowl.
  2. Hair: Starting at shorter end of purple paper, make 1"-wide accordion folds. Gently unfold and make 1"-wide lengthwise cuts, stopping 1" before edge of paper. Hot-glue fringed-and-folded sheets to interior of bowl.

Spider Body

  1. Gently crumple newspaper into a 5" ball.
  2. Crumple then unfold a large sheet of black construction paper to make it pliable, like fabric. Wrap black paper around newspaper ball, securing on one side with tape.
  3. Repeat process to create a 2" ball.
  4. Hot-glue smaller ball to larger one, and hot-glue on pom-pom eyes.
Little Miss Muffet's spider
Credit: Peter Ardito

Spider Legs:

  1. Cut four 3"x 18" strips of black construction paper.
  2. Fold each strip in half lengthwise; open, then fold lengthwise again, this time folding both edges in toward center fold. Open and overlap two sections of each leg to create a triangular tube; secure with double-stick tape.
  3. Cross four tubes over each other and staple at center (see photo).
  4. Hot-glue to underside of larger paper ball to create eight legs.
  5. Make one cut through two sides of each triangular tube at center to allow legs to bend.
  6. Hot-glue a length of ribbon to spider's back to create hanging string. Tie around child's waist, letting spider hang down beside her.

Originally published in the October 2015 issue of Parents magazine.

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