How to Make a Sun Costume for a School Play

Updated April 17, 2017

Because theatre arts enhances a variety of academic concepts, many schools host their own productions of plays put on by students. The process not only involves learning the script, but making your own costumes for the production. A very common part in a school play is that of the sun because it is a character in a variety of children's literature. You can create your own sun costume for a school play using a variety of materials.

Cut two large circles out of bright yellow poster board. Determine the size of the circles based on the size of the child who will be playing the sun in the production.

Cut out various sizes of triangles using bright orange poster board. Glue them on the back of your yellow circle so that the majority of the triangle is visible on the front of the costume. Glue additional triangles around the entire circle to make the sun's rays. Create the same look on your second yellow circle.

Add orange and yellow glitter to the your two completed suns. This allows your sun costume sparkle on stage.

Punch two large holes in each sun. Be sure they line up, and then tie yellow ribbon to link the two parts of the costume together. Use thick but soft yellow ribbon, because this will rest on the child's shoulders during the play.

Provide your child with a bright yellow shirt to wear under his sun costume. Place the costume over his shoulders.


Allow your child to help make as much of the costume as he is able. Provide help with the steps only as he needs it.


Do not place the costume on your child until the play begins because he will be unable to sit down without ruining the creation.

Things You'll Need

  • Yellow poster board
  • Orange poster board
  • Glue
  • Orange and yellow glitter
  • Hole punch
  • Yellow ribbon
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Based in Texas, Lucie Westminster has been a writer and researcher since 1975. Her work has been published in journals such as "Psychological Reports" and "Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior." Westminster's interests include developmental psychology, children, pets and crafting. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Miami University.