DIY Star Wars Stormtrooper Costume

Hey Cuties,

I’ve taken my creativity to new heights and I’m so excited to share it with you.  For the past 5 years, I’ve made LittleCuteLips Halloween Costumes. I began to look forward to making her versions come to life. This year she went a different route but I still needed to create a costume for my Good Morning Washington segment.

I wanted to make something outside of anything I’ve ever made before. I asked my Facebook friends what their boy children have been or wanted to be for Halloween.  As they mentioned things I looked them up. My girlfriend Drea mentioned a stormtrooper and I went with it.

Push play to view my segment.

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

A big Thank You to MomsNCharge for allowing her children to be my models.

Clown Tutorial HERE! Monster Tutorial HERE!

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

I got all festive and cute too.

Stormtroopers are elite shock troops fanatically loyal to the Empire and impossible to sway from the Imperial cause. They wear imposing white armor, which offers a wide range of survival equipment and temperature controls to allow the soldiers to survive in almost any environment. Stormtroopers wield blaster rifles and pistols with great skill, and attack in hordes to overwhelm their enemies. 

Stormtropper T-Shirt Inspiration (Photo Credit: Under Armour)

I Googled a few stormtroopers to get inspiration for my design. I saw several variations but I settled out on this one.

Supplies: White Shirt, White Hat, Pencil, Black Sharpie & Ruler

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

 I don’t know how to draw but I can recreate almost anything, with that idea in mind I got to work. This shirt cost $2.50

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

I stretched the shirt out on my sofa and grabbed my pencil and ruler and went to work. I didn’t put anything in the middle but you could put a piece of cardboard inside to make the drawing process a bit easier.

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

I was in my groove and I just kept going with it. I used the kids fidget spinner to make perfect circles.

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

After I completed my pencil outline I put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt. I traced my lines with a black Sharpie, they bleed so make sure you put something in-between the front and back. I mimicked the shading and everything, Sharpie gets kind of sticky after that so maybe open a window.

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

My Sharpie work is done and I love it. As it turns out it is a bit harder to draw on a t-shirt with a Sharpie than a pencil. They do have t-shirt markers but I believe in using what I have.

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

My t-shirt looks amaze-balls, now it is time to work on the mask, in our case that means the hat. I found this template and printed it out.

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

I cut the template up and kept what I wanted; I needed to make sure the design would fit my canvas.

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

I began to trace the template onto the hat.  I traced the top half of the mask and then the bottom part onto the brim.  You want your costume to remain true to the character but you know I believe in exercising creative control.

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

Then followed it up with my black Sharpie.

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

What do you think?

My son told me it looked amazing, I knew I had done great work.  To have my teenager validate my creativity is priceless. Do you know how hard it is to impress a teen? I’m just saying.

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

Babe insisted I add a little of detail to the back so I did.

DIY Stormtrooper Costume

How did I do? Chat with me in the comments below or FBIG, and Twitter.

Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. robin rue

    Absolutely brilliant. I didn’t even realize the stormtrooper mask was on a cap until you got into your tutorial. What a great costume idea.

  2. Alli Smith

    I love all your ideas and you rocked the segment! What a great way to save money and have awesome costumes! My grandkids would love the Star Wars – it’s so cool and doesn’t look babyish!

  3. Amber Myers

    This is such a great idea! My kids love Star Wars. I could see my teenager wearing something like this.

  4. candy

    Your mind is a genius. This star wars trooper outfit is perfect. The directions are easy to follow. I would never have thought of something like this.

  5. Tomi C

    Too cute. I would have never thought of using a fidget spinner as a design tool but it so works for this costume and the hat to da back for the Stormtrooper mask? I’m so borrowing this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Natalie

    Wow this is amazing – you totally nailed it! Major props to you for making a Halloween costume from scratch!

  7. Jeanette

    Oh my gosh you are so very creative. I would’ve never thought about doing this. My kiddo love Star Wars so it would be fun to even try. Can I just order one from you? LOL!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Honestly I wouldn’t have either if someone hadn’t mentioned it to me. I’m glad I did, I think I could recreate this again.

  8. Gina

    This is awesome. My 8yr old is really into cosplaying as his favorite characters. I’m always researching ways to help him and never thought to use a simple T-shirt and fabric markers. These two items would be a perfect Christmas gift for him. Thanks for sharing.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Gina I love that, he would totally enjoy this. You would be surprised how many costumes you can come up just using a t-shirt and marker.

  9. Sapphire Kharyzma

    This came out so awesome. I am considering making my boy chile’s costume. Thanks for the tips, I might make this same costume *wink*

  10. Christina

    So adorable!

  11. Carissa

    You always have the best ideas for homemade Halloween Costumes. This is cool!!!

  12. Lisa

    What a great idea. I love that you can even use it for everyday use, not just a costume.

  13. Amanda

    What a creative DIY costume. Now that the new trailer is out, I am all about Star Wars and counting down until the movie comes out!

  14. Pam

    This is such a cool DIY. I love your creativity with this project. No wonder your teen was impressed.

  15. Marysa

    You did a fantastic job! You are really creative for coming up with a DIY version and actually executing it. It is hard to come up with costume ideas and these are wonderful.

  16. Toni

    This is super cute! I love it.
    This is the first year I’m actually going to attempt to my my lil Bop costume too. You have given me inspiration

  17. Claudia Krusch

    This is a great costume idea. I think half of the fun of Halloween is making your costume.

  18. ricci

    I LOVE your DIY Storm Trooper costume!! What a great idea!! I will have to share this with one of my friends who is currently searching for a Storm Trooper costume!!

  19. NYC Single Mom

    Goodness, you deserve a mom medal!!! Totally impressed by your costume!!

  20. Cheryl

    That’s genius DIY and he looks cool in that hat. Btw, I love the shoes you wore with your costume!

  21. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    I love the idea of making your own Halloween costume- saves time and money. This is a really cute one- great job!

  22. Acasha | 4EverMcKenzie

    Wow, how creative and Mama you are just too cute!!

  23. Britt Mont

    So creative! I would have never thought about DIYing this costume. A+++

    Britt Mont

  24. Kasi

    You are so creative! That is such a great DIY Halloween costume!

  25. Our Family World

    Wow! That is fantastic! It does look like a really cool costume and you did not have to spend so much to put it together!

  26. Terri

    This is too cute. I’m boring and don’t even dress up. I would like to start making costumes for my son though. but I always end up purchasing one when I see a good sale.

  27. Kristin Kimble

    I love it! Love that you did a hat rather than a mask!! Awesome job!! Sooo creative mom!!!

  28. Tiffany H.

    WOW, great Job Mimi. I love that the costume can be done on a budget using only a couple materials. The custom looks great and you know its good when the teenager gives mommy that ok and actually wears it. LOL

  29. Jamila

    I’m a big fan of DIY costumes, it allows you to be creative and save money!

  30. Anosa

    This is truly impressive and love how you drew an coloured with a sharpie I know it’s not easy on shirts. Looks really good

  31. Jonna Scott-Blakes

    this is such a dope idea and project. you hit the nail right on the head with this one!

  32. Ngumabi

    I love all your costumes
    You are very creative!

  33. Gayle

    This is awesome! I was looking for a storm trooper costume for my little boy to wear at Walt Disney world. You have solved the hot weather costume issue for me. Thanks so much 🙂

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