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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
 
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Step 1: Materials

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***These are on eBay right now!!! Go bid!! They could use some love but will still kill it among the hordes of store-bought trick or treat threads. Hurry, auctions end Oct 17, 2012 18:54:38 PDT!!!***

 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.
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darman121 year ago
Haha, your little girl even looks like she is cocking her head like Luke in A New Hope...cute :)
mjmurray2 years ago
Great Costume, and instructions!

I'm looking forward to building this for my son this Halloween...

I second the request for templates if you still have them! Pretty Please.

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.
nof-z2 years ago
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. :)
gigibugs2 years ago
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.
Thanks again! Will add images soon!
cpalmer33 years ago
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!
MagicScarf4 years ago
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...

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.
please let me know where you got the astronaut helmet? : )
the costumes you made your children are fantastic. :)

http://www.birthdayinabox.com/party-supplies/productdetail.asp?prodsku=11867&SSAID=91948
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)
halo 33 years ago
I am such a stormtrooper fan!
I thought that this'd take ages and be super expensive... you certainly proved me wrong.
mcneilre3 years ago
Did you say you made that out of fun foam!!??!! That's beyond amazing!!!
kenbob3 years ago
Brilliant!
brodycyn3 years ago
Im trying to make this costume now. Love what you have done. But you didn't lable the different patterns & I am having difficulty figuring out some of the pieces. (where do the go on the body) I need some help!
Screamo3 years ago
Pink ruinds it 5/5!
MagicScarf3 years ago
yeah i found the helmet, but it's only in kids size, it's a costume prop....nothing came close in adult size though.
not too acurate, i mean, where's the canister, the belt, the place where you put a thermal detonator
jgderuvo4 years ago
Aside from the pictures above (which work really well), did you by chance create templates? Can you post them? Great job.
pofoke4 years ago
How long did it take you from gathering all materials to completion? I'm going to attempt to put one together for my son for halloween this year, only as one of the clone troopers.
dearfion4 years ago
haha ..pretty cool ah..
NaesDraw4 years ago
Yeah, it seems like you could make any armor like this, I'll have to remember this. Props dude!
Other idea. I was messing around with foam, and was thinking of a way to make it holdup better. I don't know how effort-wise effective it would be, but a test piece of foam laminated with clear packing tape on both sides became tougher and shinier.
hirerob (author)  NaesDraw4 years ago
I was thinking that too. A medieval knight or a pretty sweet Ironman.
sirtom684 years ago
Thats just way 2 kool....i wannabe a storm trooper!!!
blindskate4 years ago
cool!
Speedmite4 years ago
"Arnt you  little short to be a stormtrooper?" or somthing like that. =P

Great job!
What an amazing Dad to do this for his kiddos.  They'll remember these always!! (especially if there is a scrapbook page dedicated to it!)
hirerob (author)  jenniferdowns4 years ago
 Thanks Jennifer! I'll tell Valerie to get right on that.
sedica4 years ago
holy crap! that is so clever and such a cool kids costume! 
Spycrab4 years ago
sweet!!
may actually have to try this for next halloween, or the next con i go to >.>
may the force be with you
Great costume, Great effort, Superb result  - Great Dad!
chwbcc4 years ago
Very NICE!  I love the simplicity.  Very clean and of course everything looks great in PINK!
phalanx4474 years ago
That is something to be proud of! Very nice work. And your kids will remember that for a long time to come, as well. You are definitely a cool dad. :)
Casabamelon4 years ago
"Aren't you a little short to be a Stormtrooper?"
you just made my day!

hehe

:D
How cute is the pink? Barbie, eat your heart out.
hirerob (author) 4 years ago
 Thanks to everybody for the nice comments!
The Pink Heels rock!
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