No astronaut is ready to launch into outer space without his helmet. Help your little space explorer complete his outfit when you make a helmet for an astronaut costume. Use items you would find in your home to make this costume, both economical and adorable. Though the costume itself is for children, making the helmet should be mostly an adult operation, because some of the steps may not be safe for younger crafters.
Draw an oval shape on the side of the bucket, large enough to make an opening for your child's face.
Use a hammer and nail to poke a hole along the line you have drawn. Poke wire cutters into this hole and cut along the entire line to remove the oval shape from the bucket. Discard this shape.
Use duct tape to cover up the cut edge of the bucket. Cut a strip of duct tape that is approximately three inches long and position it along the cut edge of the oval cutout, folding the duct tape toward the inside, so that it completely covers the cut edge. Repeat this step around the cutout until the whole exposed edge is covered. This will prevent your child from scraping his face on the opening of the bucket.
Cut rectangles out of foam padding that are as tall as the bucket, minus approximately one inch. Each rectangle should be as wide as 1/4 the circumference of the bucket. Use hot glue to attach one rectangle to each side of the bucket on the sides of the cutout and one in the back, directly opposite the cutout. The rectangles should be on the inside of the bucket, not the outside; they provide padding for your child's head when he wears the helmet and makes it fit more securely.
Use paint and paint brushes to create decorations for the outside of the helmet. Paint a United States flag with red, white and blue paint or paint numbers and letters on the helmet. Include the NASA logo or stars and moon shapes, if you wish. Customise the helmet with your child's name to make it truly one-of-a-kind.