DIY Big Dipper Constellation Costume


This is one of the least complex costumes we’ve made but definitely one of the coolest. Come on – how many costumes can light up at night?!

We found no good tutorials for this online. Happy to be sharing this with you all…


Materials used:

  • 7 LED tea lights
  • black long sleeve shirt
  • white felt fabric (or any fabric that is stiff enough to hold it’s shape)
  • black fabric (I used felt but in hindsight a thinner fabric would work best)


Cut stars out, cut slit in stars and poke holes in shirt where stars need to be.

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Since these lights were borrowed I had to find a way to attach them without damaging them, like by using a hot glue gun which is usually my default tool. These stars were hand sewn in place.


Hand sewed a circular piece of fabric to the underside of the shirt to keep the lights in place. The lights have a switch on the back to turn on and it was difficult to locate through the felt – hence why using a thinner fabric would be wise.


This costume goes from looking just okay during the day to amazing at night.

Time and cost breakdown:

This costume took 3hrs and $0 to make. I owned the shirt and felt fabric. The lights were borrowed from a friend who happened to have the perfect LED tea lights.

Hope this inspires you to take your projects to the next level by adding an element of surprise.

This costume was 1 of 4 space themed costumes we made for our family this year.


Check out tutorials for the moon, space shuttle and astronaut costumes.

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