Make Your Own Superhero Costume Ideas

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a homemade DIY superhero costume! Store-bought costumes are fun, but when you make your own superhero costume with love, and with your child in mind, is always well worth the effort. These DIY easy homemade superhero costume ideas cover all sorts of styles that are fit for saving the day.

DIY Make Your Own Superhero Costume

From simple masks and capes that can be made using things already in your home, to complete ensembles that are personalized for your crime-fighter, there’s something here to successfully conceal his or her super secret identity. Why not pair these costumes with their favourite toys and games, adding more playability. Learn how to make your own superhero costume today with these awesome ideas. We have also carefully selected some of the best value materials (linked in the descriptions).

DIY Iron Man Costume

Iron Man Mk 42 Costume
A real costume someone with no previous experience in costume making made!

The Iron Man Suit DIY

Want to be the coolest parent ever? Want a simple, yet amazing building project? Let’s start with the best superhero costume idea first. This Iron Man costume is the real deal and looks just like the real suit Tony Stark wears in the movies.

The wonderful thing is that anyone can make this costume! Yes, really, the entire suit can be printed from a home printer! The hardest part of the costume making is printing, cutting, folding and pasting and that’s something that most people did for their homework.

How can I get the printable files and instructions?

The designers of the suit have recently created an exclusive members area for making this exact costume (and more variations). We’ve also got you an additional 10% off code which currently works for a limited time! Use code: NINJABRICK

What does the members area give you?

In addition to guides, video tutorials, a full materials list and much more, you get handed the professional 3D designs made into printable pages, which can all be printed from a home printer! The first step in building the Iron Man Cosplay suit is as simple as print, cut, fold and paste (and this is probably the hardest step). Then for the next seven steps, just look at the easy to follow instructions and it will soon develop into a real-life Iron Man Costume.

You won’t find out how to make your own Iron Man superhero costume any cheaper, so don’t miss out!


Rocket Fueled Jet Pack

Rocket Fueled Jet Pack

Sure the Rocketeer wasn’t much of a superhero, but armed with a jetback and some serious do-gooder skills, any kid is bound to have a super time. Using cardboard, webbing, spray-painted two-litre bottles and some felt (25-pack at a great price), they’ll be thanking you for a job well done before you can say ‘blast off.’

Instructions: Doodle Craft Blog

Buzz Lightyear Jet Pack Costume

Struggling make your own superhero costume? This extremely well-rated officially licensed Disney Buzz Lightyear Jet Pack will make for the perfect accessory for a homemade Rocket outfit. It measures 16 inches high, 12 inches wide and its made of quality materials. Check out the customer reviews!

Disney Buzz Lightyear Jet Pack


Towel Superhero Capes

Towel Superhero Capes

How does a superhero dry off after a swim? With a terry cloth cape, of course. Grab a towel in your preferred color, some velcro for the closure, a letter stencil, and some fabric paint to jumpstart a few (post) aqua man adventures.

Instructions: Lizard n Lazy Bug

No Sew Superhero Mask

Superhero mask

No sew, no problem. Make your own superhero costume in no time with a little felt, ribbon, scissors, and five minutes. Incredible speed, indeed.

Instructions: Tip Junkie

Superhero Costumes with Accessories

Some superheros need a sidekick, but others just need some really rad accessories. These projects presented by Martha Stewart pay close attention to all of the important details that aid in their quest for truth and justice.

Instructions: Martha Stewart

Initial Applique Cape

Initial Applique Superhero Cape

A sleek satin cape outfitted with your initial will definitely result in some super human strength…or just a ton of confidence. This detailed tutorial makes the felt applique process almost as easy as throwing it on and shouting “Up up and away!”

Instructions: Sew like my mom

No Sew Cuffs

No Sew Superhero Cuffs

Sometimes duking it out with your arch nemesis requires nothing more than your powers and some awesome wrist cuffs. Felt, velcro, and cool printable shapes are all you’ll need to piece together these must-have accessories.

Instructions: Seek ate sew

Winged Shoes

Winged Superhero Shoes

A full on dress-up session is great, but walking around feeling like a superhero with every step you take? Sign us up! These wings are made of stiff felt and are perfect for sneakers. They will certainly improve the mobility of any would-be crime fighter.

Instructions: I am momma hear me roar

Flying Captain America Shield

Flying Captain America Shield

You can’t be Captain America without a shield, but you can be Captain Mom using duct tape and cardboard. A PDF and a video will help your very important cause of enabling a hero for all generations.

Instructions: Instructables

T-Shirt Turned Cape

Superhero T-Shirt Turned Cape

When you breathe new life into a pile of old t-shirts, you become a superhero to the environment and the kids. Whether you’re outfitting Boy Wonder or just Toddler Woman, this step-by-step list that includes iron-ons is sure to satisfy their healthy imaginations.

Source: Instructables

Batman Mask

Batman Superhero Mask

Holy craft skills, Batman! Before little Bruce Wayne faces The Joker, he’ll need something to cloak his true identity. This tutorial details how to create a charming Batman mask fit for protecting Gotham City.

Instructions: Living With Punks

Green Lantern Ring

Green Lantern Ring Superhero Costume

In brightest day, in blackest night, no superhero costume detail shall escape your sight! Making a resin Green Lantern Ring may not be an ordinary request, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shoot for the stars on this ambitious superhero project.

Instructions: Instructables

Initial Cape, Cuff & Crown

Initial Cape, Cuff & Crown

Warning: Our Make Your Own features could bring your crafting skills up to Etsy-status. This tutorial shows you how to create an adorably sweet (just don’t tell her that) ensemble that includes a crown and wrist cuff.

Instructions: Feelin Crafty

No-Stitch Baby Superhero

No-Stitch Baby Superhero Outfit

Sometimes a fighter’s superpowers arise as a result of an accident. Others are known to sing baby I was born this way. Using a standard bodysuit, iron-ons, and some ribbon, even the tiniest vigilantes will be ready for action.

Instructions: Eliza Domestica

Superhero Party Mask

Superhero Party Mask

Creating your own brand of superhero is cool, but if the kids prefer to replicate the most popular masked men, you can still pass on the store bought costumes. These templates, along with felt, elastic, and some sewing, will gear them up for assembling their very own team of Avengers.

Instructions: Cutesy Crafts

We hope these ideas have helped you to make your own Superhero costume at home. DIY costumes can be incredibly rewarding to make so let us know if you have any ideas in the comments below! What did you make?

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  1. dis wubsite wus relie cuwl i tink i wil cum buck and yuze it agen. i relie liykd yusing dis siyt and forr mi six kids theyy had lots of fun in there costyums. being a singel mum at onlee 27 is relie hard but a simpel costyum ideeea wus helpful thukz agen
    lara 🙂

  2. Great ideas but, I think it would be really help for Lara(who posted on 13th November 2012) if someone included a tutorial on how to speak properly?….is that some kind of Medieval Street Speak you talk??

  3. A child’s imagination is a precious thing and costumes are a wonderful way to encourage, inspire and applaud your child’s individual creativity.


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