Space Costume with Jake
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.