This is my cheap attempt at stormtrooper costumes for my 4 and 6 year olds. It's made to be lightweight and flexible for comfort but still hold true to the movie armor and look cooler than the store-bought stuff out there. Because of the materials used, these costumes won't hold up to rough play or prolonged wear. Actually, they got pretty beat up after simply trick or treating. Within the steps I'll tell you how I did certain things and what I would do differently. My son's costume was my first attempt and spent about 18 hours on it, not including drying time for paint and glue. My daughter's costume took less time because I based it on my son's templates just smaller and I gave it a little less detail (and I was less careful with cutting and glueing). Anyway, hope you find the instructions helpful. The result was a ton of fun and the kids got a lot of attention. Cheers

Step 1: Materials

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 I used foam sheets from Michaels. The larger costume for my 6 year old to 9 of the 12" x 18" sheets. He's 50" tall and weighs 50 lbs. I used a combination of a glue called Quick Grip (which held very well and stayed flexible but is messy and needs to dry overnight) and hot glue (for adding some of the detail work.) By the time I got to my daughter's costume I got a little impatient and used the hot glue for most of the glueing. I worked ok as long as you are quick with getting the pieces together quickly. But it does deform the foam a little and it is not flexible. You're also gonna need a couple of packages of white velcro strips (18" in length). And you'll need a length of 1" wide black elastic for the upper arm pieces - both for a strap around the arm and to attach them to the shoulder straps. I also used some to hold the thigh pieces up - one end hot glued to the thigh piece and the other has a velcro piece that attaches behind the belt.
<p>We made this costume for my toddler! It was a HUGE hit. He looked awesome, even next to the 'real guys!' Thank you!</p>
That's freakin awesome! Thanks for sharing.
<p>Is there anyway to make the templates bigger? I'm 5'1&quot; and want to make one for myself, but realized the templates were for kids. </p>
<p>Thanks for the great idea. My 6yo trooper loved it!</p><p>I used the same technique for a clone trooper costume.</p><p>His friends were very jealous. Especially the shop-bought stormtrooper!</p><p>I </p>
Well done! Thanks for sharing.
<p>Here's the back.</p>
currently doing this for my 11yo son.. thanks!!!
<p>Here are all the PDF template files for the costume. ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR and COREL files each posted in separate comment here too.</p>
<p>will this template fit a 10 year old?</p>
<p>I just finished this for my 9 &frac12; year old. I scaled the AI templates to 120% and then cut them out and scotch tape them together. I tried 150% scale up, but it ended up too big.</p>
<p>Depends on his size. Originals were sized to fit my 8 year old who was quite small at the time (about 45 inches tall) so should fit up to about 48 in tall child - AI and Corel files can be scaled as required - unfortunately my work is going crazy right now and I'm on the road so just don't have the time to help with scaling or advising on using AI or Corel - lots of good stuff on the internet on how to use both these products - good luck :)</p>
<p>Do you have a pdf of the shoulder pads?</p>
<p>AI and PDF shoulder pad files</p>
<p>PDF shoulder pads.</p>
<p>I do not see the shoulderpad templates</p>
<p>Made this costume for my son last year and it turned out great ! Kids were stopping him on the street and telling him it was an awesome costume and giving him some of their trick or treat candy - it was a huge hit !</p><p>Used pretty much all the materials Rob used - only difference was I ended up putting the whole thing together with hot glue as I found it easier. I laid the patterns out in CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator from the pics then scaled to the size I wanted by printing on multiple sheets of paper, taping them together then cutting out the pattern. I then laid the paper pattern on the foam and traced outline, cut out with exacto knife then assembled all the pieces with hot glue. I ordered the exact helmets used in the instructable from Amazon and they worked great. We bought a cheap trooper blaster at Walmart ($10) and painted it with matte black spray paint - turned out looking like real metal.</p><p>If you would like the Corel or AI files send me a note and I will send a DropBox link where you can download them. They are laid out on 17&quot; x 22&quot; size paper (2 x 8.5 x 11 sheets) and I printed them on regular paper using the CorelDraw feature to print across multiple sheets (tiling printing option or banner printing option depending on your printer) that can be put together. Sample pdf's of the patterns attached. Can provide the patterns printed to pdf tiled on 8.5 x 11 sheets but you won't be able to scale them to fit. (They are currently sized to fit a 48-52&quot; child but your childs leg and torso dimensions may be different.)</p><p>He loved it so much he's wearing it again this year! Thanks Rob for a great instructable!</p>
<p>Thank you so much for all the templates! I'm a totally newbie to Ai... And I'm clueless about Star Wars. Any (seriously, ANY...) additional info/instructions would totally help. Mainly with assembly of the template pieces.</p>
<p>Parts are labelled - look at original pics to figure out how they go together - corel files have original photos of the parts that I generated the templates from - may help you understand better how they go together.</p>
<p>Thank you so much for posting the templates! My boyfriend's son has been OBSESSED with Star Wars since we watched all of them this summer. So of course, he has got to be a Strom Trooper for Halloween. This is amazing!</p>
Ms Jaezoe. If you don't mind can you forward the templates. I'm going to make this for myself!! Thanks. Ginger<br>G.yandle.rodgers@gmail.com
<p>Awesome! Hoping you have templates available - above post is missing arm templates. Dropbox is ndibby@gmail.com if possible!</p>
Hi there<br><br>Just wondering if you still have those pdfs? My daughter really wants to be a stormtrooper :)
<p>Posted all pdf, ai &amp; corel files above - can download them from there - good luck!</p>
<p>I would love the AI files if you can send them to my dropbox - brett@darnology.com</p><p>My son wants to be a storm trooper :)</p>
<p>Posted all pdf, ai &amp; corel files above - can download them from there - good luck!</p>
Hi, i woukd like the templates also<br> Are they still available?
<p>Posted all pdf, ai &amp; corel files above - can download them from there - good luck!</p>
<p>This looks great!! I would also like to get a file of these templates if you are still doing them. My dropbox is sarahsta@gmail.com</p><p>Thank you so much!</p>
<p>Posted all pdf, ai &amp; corel files above - can download them from there - good luck!</p>
That's awesome, Jaezoe! Looks like you did a great job and I'm impressed it held together so he could wear it again this year. And thanks so much for providing templates for others. I always meant to do that. You are inspiring me to change our plans for costumes this year and make some of these based the new movie. Cheers!
<p>scroll dowm farther in comments and the arm plates are there</p>
<p>I have started to make this but now I noticed that I don't have the arm templates. Does anyone know where I can find them?</p>
I would love to make this! Can you please forward the files as well. Thanks so much! Ginger
<p>Here are all the COREL template files for the costume. pdf and AI files each posted in separate comment here too.</p>
<p>Thanks, jaezoe! Much appreciated!</p>
<p>Here are all the AI template files for the costume. pdf and corel files each posted in separate comment here too.</p>
Haha, your little girl even looks like she is cocking her head like Luke in A New Hope...cute :)
Great Costume, and instructions! <br> <br> I'm looking forward to building this for my son this Halloween... <br> <br>I second the request for templates if you still have them! Pretty Please. <br> <br>Note to new/potentially new users: I thought the PDF which you can't download without a paid membership would contain the templates: It doesn't. I paid a full years subscription because for me the templates for this costume were worth $24. I'm not complaining, or accusing, just letting other's in my situation be aware.
i have wanted to have a storm trooper costume sense i saw the movie as a kid, now i have a cheap and fast way to make one. might be fun to build a whole bunch and get my friends to go to walmart. :)
THANK YOU for this- I followed these instructions fairly closely and made my 3- year old an awesome costume this year. Looks great! I did have to modify a few things simply because he is three. I made the helmet and he won't wear it (bummer) so I ripped it back apart and he's better with just the mask.<br>Thanks again! Will add images soon!
I had the same idea! I wanted to use craft foam to make the armor for my boyfriend's stormtrooper costume, but I didn't know how well it would work. Now I have a guide to help me along! Thanks for sharing!
would you be able to tell me what website you bought an astronaut helmet from? so this isn't a motorcycle helmet but a real helmet an astronaut would use in space? i was really surprised to hear you bought it for under 10 dollars....i thought something like that would be worth a fortune...<br><br>i don't have much money this year for a costume and really want to try making this stormtrooper costume for myself. i'm an adult but i think by following your instructions i'll be able to figure out something that will have an impressive result.<br>please let me know where you got the astronaut helmet? : )<br>the costumes you made your children are fantastic. :)<br><br>
probably a costume helmet, looks fake, no seals fake, ya fake
Haha I thought that about the astronaut helmet too when I read it. But I think she bought a Halloween astronaut helmet. (not appropriate for outer-space use)
I am such a stormtrooper fan!
I thought that this'd take ages and be super expensive... you certainly proved me wrong.
Did you say you made that out of fun foam!!??!! That's beyond amazing!!!
Im trying to make this costume now. Love what you have done. But you didn't lable the different patterns &amp; I am having difficulty figuring out some of the pieces. (where do the go on the body) I need some help!

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