Family Life: Top 5 ways to make a superhero costume!

Make-A-Wish UK

With the arrival of new superhero Electroman, we wanted to give you some tips on making DIY costumes to transform your kids into their very own superheroes.

From jet packs, to capes, lightning bolts and masks – we’ve got you sorted with these incredibly easy methods from around the web. Get creative with your kids and watch them go!

1. Homemade jet pack!

boy with rocket jet pack costume on

Give your little one that extra boost with a cool silver jet pack! This homemade costume is super easy to make – all you need is two litre bottles, felt, webbing and cardboard. It’s sure to bring a smile to your speedy superhero’s face as they race around the playground! Find out how to make it and see lots more tips from Kid Crave here.

2. No hero is complete without a cape! 

step by step guide to making a cape
Got an old t-shirt? You’ve got what it takes to make a bright and beautiful cape for your child! No sewing is needed for this easy costume that will get your children flying around the living room! Read about the 4 easy steps from Net Mums and get snipping!

3. Take a trip to B&Q

woman cutting and sticking with children making costumes

It’s easy to kit your kid out for a day of superhero fun from things you’ll find in a hardware shop. Colourful tape is a life-saver for snazzy costumes – just make sure you’ve got some sparkly cardboard too! Find out how to make cuffs, belts, masks and capes with some simple cut-and-stick techniques from Martha Stewart.

4. Download your free lightning bolt template

wish child luke on his superhero wish

If you’re stuck for a logo we’ve got you sorted with a fab free lightning bolt template! Simply add to a t-shirt, cape or mask to transform items into a costume fit for your hero! Download and print by clicking here.

5. Get creative


In 1 minute 30 you can master the method behind a hero shield, some starry cuffs and even a bat signal – take a look at this short video to learn how to make these quirky bits and bobs!

Now you’re ready to transform your child into the coolest superhero at school – read about our hero, Felix.

Felix is battling a life-threatening blood condition – his wish was to transform into Electroman – he loves electricity and created his very own superhero with the help of his dad and sister! Watch the film of him saving the day.