How to Make a Space Suit Out of Recycled Material


Many children dream of one day traveling to the stars and find it fun to dress up like an astronaut. According to "Spacesuits: The National Air and Space Museum Collection," by Amanda Young, "the popularity and interest in spacesuits...reflects the extraordinary cultural status of space flight." Creating a home spacesuit may be one small step for a child, but it's one giant leap for the imagination . To prevent your children from telling you, "Mommy, we have a problem" right before lift off, help them out with a few pointers and necessary supplies. Items from around the house will work fine in place of materials from mission control.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Spray paint
  • Garbage bag
  • Old boots
  • Winter coat
  • Clear masking tape
  • Backpack
  • Cut a hole in the box about the size of your child's face. Leave room around the sides so that the hole looks like the open portion of a space helmet.

  • Cover the opening in the box with clear tape. The tape will give the appearance of a shiny mask.

  • Spray paint the rest of the box silver and let it dry for an hour. You can use any kind of paint as long as it will adhere to cardboard.

  • Cut arm and leg holes in a white garbage bag. The holes should be big enough for your child's limbs to fit through without tearing the rest of the bag.

  • Dress the child up in a winter coat, preferably a white one. Otherwise, simply slip the garbage bag over the coat (or under it, if the coat is white). Have the child also put on a pair of white pants if possible.

  • Slip a pair of large boots on to the child's feet. Add a backpack stuffed with a pillow for effect. Put on the helmet to complete the look.

Tips & Warnings

  • Let any paint dry before exposing the child to its possibly harmful fumes.


  • "Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Science Museum"; Amanda Young; 2009
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images
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