How to make astronaut costumes for kids

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How to make astronaut costumes for kids
Astronauts are almost every kid's favourite fancy dress. (Getty Thinkstock)

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

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Things you need

  • White tracksuit (bottom and jacket)
  • White 10-12 litre (12 qt.) bucket
  • 2 two-litre plastic soda bottles
  • Silver spray paint
  • Dish towel
  • Duct tape
  • Red rubber boots
  • Wire cutters
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Red braces
  • Velcro
  • Fabric glue
  • White stretchy gloves
  • Black fabric marker

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  1. 1

    Draw an oval approximately 18 cm (7 inches) wide and 12 cm (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 to mould to his head. Then tape the dish towel inside the bucket to allow for some padding in the helmet.

  2. 2

    Wash the two two-litre 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-litre bottles completely.

  3. 3

    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 braces and glue the Velcro there. Do the same to the back of the braces.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Put on the tracksuit bottoms and jacket. Put the suspenders over the jacket 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 and warnings

  • To add a unique style to your costume, you can buy UK Space Agency stickers to place on the sweatshirt and helmet.
  • Spray paint the two litre bottles outdoors if possible, to avoid inhaling the fumes.

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