Guardians of the Galaxy inspired dozens of costumes at every level. I’ve seen casual takes on Gamora and screen accurate re-creations of Groot and everything in between. Star-Lord cosplay has been particularly popular because it’s one of those outfits you can make work as an everyday look or as a full on movie replica. Rocking a little Star-Lord is as simple as pairing a red jacket with a blue tee and slinging a messenger bag over your shoulder. Bonus points if you wear a walkman or make one of the character’s props like the Orb.
The Orb holds the Infinity Stone and is seen throughout the movie. And guess what? It’s simple to create a suitable replica from just a few materials. Sophie Brown wrote a tutorial for Geek Mom that covers the basics. You need a styrofoam/polystyrene ball, hot glue, and black and silver paint. That’s it. She explains step one:
Heat up your glue gun and use it to draw random patterns and swirls all over the surface of the ball. I suggest impaling the ball on a long needle (an old fashioned hatpin works well if you have one) to avoid accidentally putting your hand on the hot glue before it dries—not only is this painful but you will end up with fingerprints as part of your design which will become very noticeable at step four. Be as haphazard as you can, then leave the glue to dry and cool completely.