How to Make a Moon Costume

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Become the moon this Halloween with a few simple items.
Become the moon this Halloween with a few simple items. (Image: moon image by Augenblicke from Fotolia.com)

The moon has silently circled the Earth for billions of years, striking awe and mystery in humans since we first gazed upon it. With all of our history of revering the moon, it's not surprising that our celestial companion would make for a terrific costume idea. This costume is fun and easy to make, using a papercraft technique called paper mache. Wear black clothes underneath it for the full nighttime effect.

Things You'll Need

  • Beach ball
  • Newspaper
  • Computer paper
  • White glue
  • Water
  • Disposable mixing bowl
  • String
  • Scissors
  • White and black paint
  • Paint brush

Inflate the beach ball as much as you can.

Tear the newspaper and computer paper into 6-inch squares.

Mix a paper mache paste by combining equal parts white glue and water in an old plastic container.

Dip the first piece of newspaper into the paste and smooth it down against the beach ball.

Cover the entire beach ball in overlapping squares of paste-soaked newspaper. Leave the area around the inflation nozzle uncovered.

Cover the beach ball in a second layer of newspaper squares, then in two layers of computer paper squares. The computer paper layers will prevent any newsprint from showing through the paint.

Hang the beach ball from the ceiling by tying a string to its nozzle. Allow it to dry completely.

Deflate and remove the beach ball from the paper mache ball.

Cut a hole in the bottom of the paper mache ball with your scissors large enough to allow you to slip it on like a shirt. Then cut holes for your head and arms.

Paint the ball with a very pale gray base coat. You may only use a few drops of black to an entire bottle of white, but the paint should not be perfectly white.

Allow the base coat to dry.

Paint the features of the moon with different shades of gray paint. Don't use black, dark gray should be the heaviest shade that you use.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a more sparkly moon, spray the finished costume with spray adhesive and sprinkle silver glitter onto it.
  • Paint the ball with a white base coat. Then paint just the important features in dark gray, like mountains and craters. Then coat the whole thing with a yellow glow-in-the-dark paint.
  • Turn the moon into Saturn by gluing some craft foam rings around the middle of the ball and repainting it and orangish-yellow.
  • Accessorize by gluing small green aliens or little spaceships to the surface.

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