Project: Make an astronaut costume
It’s obviously too late to make this costume for Halloween this year, but I had to wait for the finishing touches on this astronaut costume to post about it. Because it’s so awesome that it has to be posted.
My husband, lately on a historic moon walk and Apollo 13 kick, decided to be an astronaut for Halloween. He even hauled home a giant library book on American astronauts to study their space suits. This is what he’s been working on the past two weeks.
First, he started with a used white jumpsuit from eBay. He decided to make himself a commander, so I helped him add red webbing around his arms and legs with glue. He stitched on some patches.
Yes, he did it himself.
Then he wanted to add some hose nozzles to the front of the jumpsuit, so he made some things that look like gears by making a mold out of our son’s toy, using PlayDoh (another of our kids’ things).
Some paint and a sprinkler coupler fit into the middle of the gear later made it look more authentic.
He attached the gears to the jumpsuit with Velcro.
Making a space helmet was a challenge. My husband turned to eBay again and bought an acrylic lamp globe.
He cut off the end of the globe and attached a painted embroidery hoop for the neck.
Then he taped one side of the globe and painted the back.
He wasn’t able to wear the helmet for more than a minute at a time because, you know, there’s no real air pumping into it. He could have cut a hole in the front of the helmet, but that wouldn’t have been authentic enough, I guess.
Ski boots and ski gloves rounded out the astronaut costume.
Everyone we know thought it was awesome! If only he’d entered a costume contest … he might have won for Best DIY!
No telling what he will come up with for next year….