How to Make a Robot Costume

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How to Make a Robot Costume. A robot costume is a great idea for Halloween. Your child will love it and you will love how easy it is to make. With a cardboard box, an old football helmet, dryer vent hose and battery operated mini lights, the transformation is complete. Use the following steps to get started.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Old football helmet
  • Coat hanger wire
  • Wooden beads
  • Silver dryer vent hose
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Duct tape
  • Black permanent marker
  • Black acrylic paint
  • 3 Battery operated mini lights
  • Select a cardboard box large enough to cover your child's torso from the neck to just below the hips. Remove the bottom completely and cut a hole in the top large enough for the head to fit through. Cut a hole on each side for the arms using the diameter of the dryer vent hose as a guide.

  • Make the robot antennas for the costume by cutting two pieces of coat hanger wire 6 inches long. Fill the holes of four wooden beads with hot glue. Attach a bead to each end of the two wires.

  • Coat the outside of the box with silver spray paint and let dry completely. Do the same with the old football helmet and both antennas.

  • Cut the dryer vent hose into appropriate lengths for your child's arms. Insert each one about 1/4-inch into the box and attach with wire. Reinforce on the inside of the openings with duct tape.

  • Draw gauges on the front of the box with a black permanent marker or acrylic paint. Install batteries in the mini lights and attach to the front with hot glue.

  • Hot glue both antennas to the top of the football helmet.

  • Dress your child in sweat pants and a T-shirt. Place the box over his body and the helmet on his head. Turn the battery operated lights on and your robot costume is complete.

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