How to make a space suit

Updated July 20, 2017

Do you want to travel to the stars, see other planets, and meet alien civilisations, but don't have the budget of NASA or the Starship Enterprise? If you're primed and ready for travel to the galaxies in your or your child's imagination, you'll need the right suit for the job. Mind you, this suit won't actually be ready for the rigours of space travel, but with craftsmanship, it will definitely be able to go in front of a camera, on stage or to the nearest costume party in space-adventure style.

Put the painter's suit onto the intended wearer.

Tape the white duct tape to the suit close to the wearer's body in several spots for a closer fit. Leave it slightly baggy for an "air-pressurised" look.

Attach miscellaneous items to the suit. For example, put a tap light on the chest, attach a calculator to the forearm, run hoses down the arms and legs, and put a white-painted cardboard box on the back to create a backpack. If you use hot glue, remove the suit from the wearer first, as the heat from the glue could hurt them.

Remove the suit from the wearer. Paint the suit an even white with a latex or acrylic-based paint, as it will be able to better handle the strain of a person walking around in it. Allow the paint to completely dry.

Paint the boots and gloves white. Accessorise the gloves and boots with the coloured duct tape or smaller tech type objects.

Add flag patches, mission patches, rank stripes or name tags to the suit. Create these with something as complex as a graphic design programme or as simple as duct tape and a permanent marker.

Use anything from a cardboard box to a bike helmet to create a helmet. It must be big enough to cover the wearer's head completely. Cut a hole in the front to see out of.

Create a plastic visor in the helmet by cutting the top and bottom off of the 2 litre soda bottle, then cutting it lengthwise. Attach it to the inside of the helmet with hot glue or duct tape. Place a heavy object on the cut piece of soda bottle plastic to prevent it from rolling up while it sets.

Drill air holes into the helmet. Good airflow will also prevent fogging in the visor.

Add a neck ring between the suit and helmet to increase the authentic look of the suit. Using a ring of black rubber (a small bike tire, for instance) will allow you to achieve this effect.


The suit you create is for costume use only. Be careful when handling hot glue or paint, as the heat or fumes can be damaging to your health. If you are a child, have a parent supervise you while building this costume to be sure you are safe.

Things You'll Need

  • White painter's suit (or similar jumpsuit)
  • Miscellaneous toys/objects
  • Boots and gloves
  • Cardboard boxes of various sizes
  • 2 litre clear soda bottle
  • White duct tape
  • Coloured duct tape (red or blue)
  • Hot glue
  • White paint
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Michael Nixon has been writing professionally since 2008, specializing in film, television, pop-culture, technology and various areas of science. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.