How to Make a Great Clone Trooper Halloween Costume

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How to Make a Great Clone Trooper Halloween Costume
Creating a great clone trooper costume can be simple. (scissors image by Pefkos from

Costumes based on the "Star Wars" franchise are in high demand around Halloween, and therefore they can be expensive when bought at a store or costume shop. Making your own clone trooper costume can be more cost effective, and only requires some basic items. The clone trooper character is a villain working for the dark side, and the costume is all white with a helmet and a chest and shoulder shield.

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Things you need

  • Football helmet
  • Two shoulder pads
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Elastic
  • Super glue
  • White spray paint
  • White leotard
  • White leggings
  • Water gun
  • Black spray paint
  • Bright orange spray paint

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  1. 1

    Paint an old football helmet with white spray paint. Make sure it is fully covered so that no team logos can be seen through the paint. Helmets can be picked up at sports stores or from thrift shops and second-hand stores.

  2. 2

    Cut two rectangular shapes the size of your torso from a large piece of cardboard. Paint them white to match the helmet.

  3. 3

    Connect the two pieces of cardboard with two elastic straps. Using super glue, attach one strap at the upper left corner of one rectangle, and the other at the upper right corner of the rectangle. On the free edge of the elastic straps, super glue the other cardboard rectangle, so that the contraption looks like a sandwich board that can be worn over the shoulders.

  4. 4

    Paint two shoulder pads with white spray paint. Using super glue, attach one shoulder pad to each elastic strap, so that the pads sit on the wearer's shoulders.

  5. 5

    Paint a water gun with black spray paint to make the clone trooper's weapon. When the black spray paint is dry, paint the tip of the water gun with the bright orange spray paint so that it cannot be mistaken for a real gun. Alternatively, use a brightly coloured water gun for your trooper's weapon.

  6. 6

    Pair the water gun, helmet and sandwich board piece with a white leotard and white leggings for a complete costume.

Tips and warnings

  • If wearing the costume during cold months, pair the leotard with a white long-sleeve shirt.
  • Wear white shoes for a complete look.
  • Don't handle spray-painted pieces until they are completely dry.
  • If the costume is for a child, you may want to avoid using the gun prop.

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