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Easy Last Minute Robot Halloween Costume

If you are looking for a last minute Halloween costume, have no fear! This is a classic costume that will transport you into the space age!

Doing “the robot” on the dance floor with this on will never look so good.

  • Tin Foil
  • Duct Tape
  • Scotch Tape (clear shiny blends best)
  • Scissors or X-acto Knife
  • Cardboard Box and 2 pieces additional large flat cardboard for body
  • Ruler
  • Ribbon
  • Elastic
  • Glue
  • Marker, Pencil or Pen

To make the Robot Head

Step 1:  Select a box that will accommodate your head size based on its length and width -- it should be at least a few inches deep but doesn’t need to fit your whole head inside it. Reinforce the short seam on top with duct tape, and remove the bottom back flap on the back. On the back side of the box, have a friend trace your head. You can freehand this yourself too, if you like. Cut out this shape with your scissors, and reinforce the leftover seams with duct tape. Try it on -- you should be able to insert your head into the box with the back half of your head sticking out.

Step 2:  Cut out a narrow horizontal rectangle on the front side of the box for your eyes, and another square below for your mouth. Reinforce the remaining seams with duct tape. On the back of the box, cut two small slits on either side of the space above where your ears would be, about an inch in.  Cut a length of elastic three inches longer than the space between the slits and set aside.

Step 3:  Cut a piece of tin foil long enough to cover the front, top and bottom of the box with a few inches extra to wrap about the back. Place the foil on the floor, shiny side down, and add glue to the front, top and bottom of the box. Place the box onto the foil, covering the glued portions with foil. Smooth out any wrinkles and tuck the ends in as needed, securing with glue or tape to the interior of the box. 

Step 4:  Carefully poke slits into the eye and mouth holes with your scissors, and fold the excess foil towards the inside of the box to expose these areas.  Secure from the interior with tape, and add some clear tape to the outside to prevent the foil from ripping further.

Step 5: Poke your scissors through the foil covered side of the slits you made on the back of the box in step two. Press one end of your elastic through one slit and knot from the inside. Press the other through the opposite slit and pull it taught.  Tie a knot on the end in the inside of the box. Secure any loose foil bits with clear tape.  Stick your head inside, pull the elastic over the back and you are a robot head!  Follow instructions below for a body if desired, or just wear silver leggings and top or a bodysuit to make for a sexier costume. 

To make the Robot Body

Step 1:  For this part of the costume, you will be making a foil covered sandwich board that ties at the sides-- pretty simple! You’ll need two large flat pieces of cardboard the size of your torso --you can tape smaller pieces together if needed. Place one large flat piece of cardboard on the floor and trim if desired. Make a one inch slits at each top corner, and a one inch slit on either side of the cardboard a few inches from the bottom. Repeat with the other piece of cardboard. 

Step 2:  Cover the front side of the cardboard with tinfoil by cutting two pieces several inches longer than the cardboard. Place the cardboard on the floor, front side up, and add glue to one half.  Affix the tin foil to the cardboard, shiny side up, and smooth out any wrinkles. Repeat for the other side. Flip your cardboard and wrap the foil around the corners, taping it down as needed. Repeat for the other cardboard piece. 

Step 3:  Using your scissors, slide the blade through the pre-made slits carefully cutting into the foil.  Poke the ribbon through the front foil covered side and knot it on the inside. Repeat for each slit, adjusting the ribbon length as you go so it fits properly. For the side slits, you may wish to have two pieces of ribbon for each side for easy adjustment.  Place clear tape around the slits on the front so they do not rip further. Put it on over your head, add your robot hat and you are ready to rock!

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