How to make an alien's costume

Written by jeffery keilholtz
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How to make an alien's costume
Wear a mask with your alien costume. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

Making an alien costume is a way to express your creativity. Whether you're planning a trick-or-treat outfit or preparing for a UFO-inspired event, alien costumes are filled with imaginative possibilities. Watch alien movies or read science fiction comic books to gather ideas. Anything goes with alien attire. Create costumes with parents, children or friends and share thoughts and design concepts to make your outfit stand out from the crowd.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Tight trousers
  • Faux fur
  • Satin or polyester fabric
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Glue
  • Headband
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Face make-up
  • Face mask
  • Tin foil

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  1. 1

    Sketch out your design ideas before creating the actual costume. Shade in various colours on different areas of the costume sketch to compare tones and visual qualities. Write out a thorough supply list so you can purchase or gather from your house everything you need at one time.

  2. 2

    Lay out a long-sleeved shirt and trousers onto a flat surface. You can choose any colour for the shirt as long as the trousers are the same colour. Cut out pieces of faux fur and glue them on randomly over the front and back of the shirt and trousers. Create a patchwork design to resemble different textures of alien skin. Cut the fabric in various shapes and sizes for added effect.

  3. 3

    Wrap a pair of green pipe cleaners on opposite sides of a headband to make alien antenna. Glue styrofoam balls coloured with markers onto the pipe cleaners. Add pinches of tin foil or metallic paint to make your antenna sparkle.

  4. 4

    Cut out long strips of satin or polyester fabric and glue them to the underarm side of each sleeve. Attaching long strips of fabric gives the costume draped, alien tentacles. You can also used safety pins instead of glue to attach the fabric strips.

  5. 5

    Get creative with your face paint. Choose face paint colours that match the fabric of your alien skin. Outline your lips and eyes with an eyeliner. Dot your face with an eyebrow pencil for alien freckles . Add spacey-shapes such as zigzags and spirals, and sprinkle your forehead and cheeks with glitter to complete your face paint.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you have an adult nearby to supervise this project.

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