These might be my favorite costumes to date! I mean there was a LOT of spray paint involved, but it was worth it, all fumes aside ;) These costumes take a little time to make but if your kids are into space it’s a real winner. Read on to get the tutorial for these DIY space family costumes.
You will need lots and lots of Metallic silver spray paint. We used a total of 4 cans.
Space Dad Costume
–Glasses are from Amazon. We spray painted them silver.
–Jacket, pants and boots were all thrifted and gloves are his old leather motorcycle gloves, but all were spray painted silver as well.
A tip for this is try to get fabrics that will spray paint well and that look awesome even before you start to spray them.
-We sprayed his hair with a silver hair spray.
-And silver metallic face makeup/powder for his lips. (ha ha what man doesn’t want metallic lipstick???)
Space Mom Costume
-My dress and shoes were thrifted. The dress was already a futuristic costume dress but was more iridescent blue. So I spray painted it to match the others.
–Leggings are from American Apparel and are pretty fabulous!
–Wig from Ebay.
–Face Makeup from a local Halloween store.
–Gloves from Amazon.
Space Boy Costumes
This is where things get a little more in depth.
–Shoes were thrifted, spray painted and I put some foam balls, cut in half, on each shoe.
–Gloves are Power Ranger gloves. I spray painted the cuff, and painted the actual gloves with metallic fabric paint.
–Their outfits are made from duct tape. I grabbed some old PJ onesies and covered them in duct tape. One strip at a time, piece upon piece. I put pieces of yarn underneath certain areas to give it a cool texture. The zipper is still exposed so that they can unzip them and hop in and out.*TIP!!! The duct tape makes the outfits pretty HOT. If you are in a cold area then great! But, if you live somewhere pretty warm (like us) you are going to want to make the costume a little more breathable. Make sure to size UP when you use or buy a onsie. The duct tape makes them much smaller and stiffer. Also I sliced air slits in the arms and legs so the air would circulate better.
–The Helmet. I found a bunch of tutorials online of people that have done the same thing, here is my favorite one, which we followed pretty closely. We bought 12 in acrylic plastic globes, I didn’t want the globes to be too huge on their heads (they are crazy light!). Cut the bottom big enough so that if fits over their head. It was about an 1 inch to 1 1/4 inch more. You are going to want to sand it because it will be very rough and dangerous. Then we drilled air hole all over it. They do not fit tight onto their heads and there is plenty of air that comes up through the bottom, BUT the more air the better right ha ha?
For the bottom piece of the helmet we used a thick foam. Cut a rim to go around the bottom and then a breast and back piece to help hold it in place (similar to the tutorial). We used spray glue and duct tape to secure it and stick all the pieces together. Then spray painted the whole bottom (while it was UNattached to the helmet.) –Antenna is made from a wood skewer, foam balls and a foam sheet. I sliced a bigger foam ball in half as the base that is on the helmet, then the skewer with three small circles from a foam sheet and topped with a smaller foam ball. The spray paint and glue to the top of the helmet.
–Space Guns (my kids’ very favorite part) are from amazon.
** WARNING: We were told from the globe manufacturer that these are ACRYLIC plastic, not just plastic, so they can break if hit hard enough! IF you have little kids, like I do, make sure they aren’t running around where they could fall onto the helmet. They are plastic so bumps will be fine, but better safe than sorry. We made ours easy to take on and off.