Cosmic couple, indeed: These shimmery aliens are more Studio 54 than Area 51 (or any other alien hangout) in costumes crafted from everyday hardware-store supplies, including dryer tubing, pipe insulation, Mylar sheeting, and metal-repair tape.

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HENRY LEUTWYLER

Crafting your own DIY alien costume is easy with our how-to. Metallic leggings and glittered shoes complete this otherworldly Halloween ensemble. To make the glittered shoes, follow the same technique as when making the hat (below) to cover a pair of thrift-store shoes in glitter. Once the glue is dry, spray shoes with hair spray to keep the glitter in place.

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What you need

Materials
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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

For the makeup, use a makeup sponge to apply iridescent silver cream makeup to the face, lips, ears, and neck. Spray hair with silver glitter hair spray.

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Step 2

Apply false eyelashes to upper eyelids. Paint details above eyes and at the outer corners with silver liquid eyeliner.

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Step 3

Press silver glitter onto cheeks, temples, and edges of the forehead with your fingertips.

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Step 4

For the hat, pour silver glitter into a shallow bowl. Use a small paintbrush to apply white craft glue to the top of a thin headband, working in small sections. Holding headband over bowl, spoon glitter over craft glue; shake off excess. Repeat until entire surface is covered; let it dry. Repeat the process to coat an acrylic martini glass with glitter. Affix two mini (5-inch) aluminum pie tins to the sides of the headband with metal-repair tape to cover ears. Squeeze the tins into points at the tops and bottoms. Hot-glue one foil cupcake liner to the center of each tin; pinch tops into points. Tape the headband to the martini glass along the inside front rim. Trim the rims from one 8-inch and one 9-inch aluminum pie tin. Place the smaller rim inside the larger one and connect with wire; use the wire to secure rims to the stem of the martini glass. Tilt one rim for an orbital effect.

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Step 5

For the skirt, connect two pieces of silver dryer-duct tubing with silver metal-repair tape to make one 8-foot length (use wire cutters to cut excess; reserve extra tubing). Cut an 8-foot-by-20-inch piece of Mylar; secure the long edge to the duct tubing using double-sided foam adhesive.

Step 6

Fold the Mylar back over the foam adhesive; reinforce folded seam with metal-repair tape. The seam will be on the outside of the skirt.

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Step 7

Fold the Mylar back again so that you are working with the underside of the skirt. Place a 10-foot length of 1/2-inch-wide ribbon or seam binding (for the drawstring) along the top of the Mylar, about 1 1/2 inches from edge. Make a channel by folding the Mylar edge over the ribbon; secure with masking tape.

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Step 8

Bend dryer-duct tubing into a ring to make the skirt; connect the tubing with metal-repair tape and the Mylar with masking tape. When you are ready to get dressed, step into the skirt and cinch the drawstring at the waist.

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Step 9

For the collar, cut a length of pipe insulation to fit the collar of the leotard. Then wrap it in the Mylar, securing with fast-drying craft glue. Once dry, bend it into a ring and secure with metal-repair tape. If desired, secure it to the leotard with metal-repair tape.

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Step 10

For the cuffs, measure the circumference of your wrist, cutting a piece of dryer duct to that measurement. Slice it lengthwise and press it open. Cut the duct lengthwise into thirds, discarding one third. Cover all exposed edges with metal-repair tape. Wrap the duct pieces around the wrists; secure with metal-repair tape.

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