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Space Costume with Jake

Introduction

Every alien needs protective garb on Halloween night, and this high-tech helmet, light-saucer belt, and silver cape will give your little alien all the special powers he needs. While the array of gadgets may look high-tech, they’re actually made from decidedly low-tech items, most of which can be obtained at local supermarkets.

 

 

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Glued in circular rows, Styrofoam cups become extraterrestrial helmets; add extra sparkle by dipping the rim of each cup in glitter. You will need fifty-five to sixty-one 6-ounce cups, white glue, glitter, hot glue, and a piece of white elastic to serve as a chin strap. Before glittering, spray sides of cups with static guard so that the glitter won’t stick to them. Dip the rim of each cup in a dish filled with white glue, then into a dish of glitter. Using small dabs of hot glue, attach a row of cups around a central cup, matching up the bottoms and the slope of the cups as you go; numbering the rows will help ensure neat placement. Keep adding rows until you have a hat that reaches the forehead and covers the ears—about ten rows’ worth. Hot-glue the chin strap inside both sides of the hat.

  2. Step 2

    To make a glowing belt, cut a piece of 3-inch-wide ribbon long enough to tie around your child’s waist; finish with fray check. Unscrew the battery compartment of the light saucer, and lay the ribbon over batteries. Reattach compartment cover, and tie belt around waist.

  3. Step 3

    To complete the costume, fashion a cape from a rectangular silver-metallic table cover. At the top end of table cover, make a mark 11 inches from the edge on each side; make another two marks, 1 inch in from the original marks, for a total of four marks. Draw lines across width, connecting the first marks and the second marks. Adhere strips of double-sided tape along these two lines. Fold down the top edge of the tablecloth to meet and cover both strips of tape; this will form the collar as well as a drawstring hole. Gather the collar at its open ends, and secure with a piece of clear tape to form a rounded collar. Run a length of ribbon through the hole to tie at the neck. Cut the cape to the correct length, and finish with fray check.

  4. Step 4

    Fold down the top edge of the tablecloth to meet and cover both strips of tape; this will form the collar as well as a drawstring hole. Gather the collar at its open ends, and secure with a piece of clear tape to form a rounded collar. Run a length of ribbon through the hole to tie at the neck. Cut the cape to the correct length, and finish with fray check.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television