Like any raccoon, Rocket is fast and his senses are acute. But add his loyalty and courage, and you’ve got a superhero with heart. No wonder Rocket is one of the most popular characters from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and a favorite subject for DIY Halloween costumes.
Our Rocket costume is built on inexpensive, easy-to-find elements, such as a plain black mask, a rubber dog’s snout, and an orange jumpsuit. With a little faux fur, hot glue, and duct tape, you can transform these basic pieces into a fantastic Rocket Raccoon costume.
- Faux fur — brown, white and black
- Plain black mask
- Rubber dog nose
- 16″ wire
- Orange jumpsuit
- Gaffer’s tape, black
- Lightweight cardboard, such as an empty cereal box
- Faux fur tail
Print the templates, and then trace and cut out each one. Trace each template onto the back of its respective fur color, and then cut along marked lines. You can use scissors or a rotary cutter, but either way — faux fur tends to fly. Don’t worry. You can pick up stray fibers with a clothes brush or a loop of tape.
Glue the forehead fur onto the plastic mask, centered carefully. Add the white and then the black eye accents. Next, glue the brown cheeks in place and, finally, the rubber nose. Try on the mask and trim back any stray fur that obstructs vision.
Shape the wire into ear-shaped triangles, approximately 1/2 inch smaller than the ear fur template. Glue the brown ear fur to the wire, about 1/2 inch in from the outside edges. Fold the fur over the wire and press together until the glue holds the fur in place. Add the black accents to the center of the ears. Glue the ears inside of the mask, with the black accents facing forward.
Lay out the jumpsuit on a work surface, with the back of the jumpsuit facing up. Add three parallel horizontal strip of black gaffer’s tape and then one vertical stripe down the center of the back.
Fold the jumpsuit in half lengthwise, and extend each horizontal stripe the side seams and about 1/3 of the way to the center of the jumpsuit. Repeat on the other side. Finally, run center a strip of tape running down the side seams on each side of the jumpsuit, covering the joints between the tape on the front and back.
Cut out two rectangles of lightweight cardboard, sized to fit your shoulders as epaulets. It’s better to start big and cut down the cardboard until you’re satisfied with the proportions. Cover the cardboard with black tape and glue one rectangle to each shoulder.
Fold a sleeve in half, carefully lining up the seams so the sleeve is divided in half. Fold a piece of brown faux fur in half and trace the sleeve onto the back of the fur, with the fold of the sleeve lined up exactly with the fold of the faux fur. Cut out the fur sleeve. Repeat on the opposite side.
Run one generous bead of hot glue down the seam of the sleeve and another around the seam between the sleeve and jumpsuit. Quickly press the fur in place and hold until the glue sets up. Repeat with the other sleeve.
Glue a faux fur tail to the back of the jumpsuit, centered so that it sits just above the wearer’s tailbone.
Add accessories, such as a toy gun or Groot, as desired.
Many, many thanks to Elissa and Carrie from our eHow video team in Austin, who designed and created the costume and video shown above.