How to Make Astronaut Costumes for Kids

At one time or another, most kids want to be an astronaut. You may not be able to send your child to the moon and back, but making an astronaut costume is a quick and easy idea for Halloween. After the costume is made, it can be used for playing dress-up all year long.

Things You'll Need

  • White sweatpants
  • White sweatshirt
  • White 12 qt. bucket
  • 2 two-liter plastic soda bottles
  • Silver spray paint
  • Dish towel
  • Duct tape
  • Red rubber boots
  • Wire cutters
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Red suspenders
  • Velcro
  • Fabric glue
  • White stretchy gloves
  • Black fabric marker

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Draw an oval approximately 7 inches wide and 5 inches high on the front of the bucket. Use the hammer and nail to make a small hole on the edge of the circle, and then use the wire cutters to cut the circle out. Wrap your child's head with the dish towel and use duct tape it to mold to his head. Then tape the dish towel inside the bucket to allow for some padding in the helmet.

Wash the two-liter bottles out and let them dry. Then tape them together with duct tape to form a space pack. Take the silver spray paint and cover the two-liter bottles completely.

Use the fabric glue to adhere Velcro to the back of the suspenders and the back of the space pack. Make a small mark on the space pack where it will meet the suspenders and gluing the Velcro there. Do the same to the back of the suspenders.

Draw two black lines on the white gloves, going down the back of the hand, using the fabric marker. Start at the first and third knuckle and draw the line down to about the middle of the glove. This will give them the illusion that they are larger than they are.

Put on the sweatpants and sweatshirt. Put the suspenders over the sweats and attach the space pack at the Velcro. Put the bucket on your head as your astronaut helmet, put the gloves on your hands and add the red rubber boots.

Tips & Warnings

  • To add a unique style to your costume, you can buy NASA patches or USA stickers to place on the sweatshirt and helmet.
  • Spray paint the two liter bottles outdoors if possible, to avoid inhaling the fumes.
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