Cardboard Heads

If you’re thinking about making a cardboard headpiece for your Halloween costume, this weekend is the time to get started!

Last Year we created 2 different kinds of cardboard heads, using two different methods.

the cardboard collective

The first head was for a chameleon costume, and utilized the hood pattern for sewing a kid’s jacket. To read the post about adapting a sewing pattern for use with cardboard, click HERE

The second head was built by making a cardboard skeleton and then gluing down layers of  ripped cardboard. You can see more pictures of the development HERE.

Cardboard Wolf Head by The Cardboard Collective

Because every cardboard head is a little different, I’ll lay out the most basic steps so you can get started. Have fun and experiment, the point is to develop you’re own style…

  1. Make a cardboard band that fits snugly around your head.
  2. Create cardboard side pieces that are similar in shape to the skull of the creature if you look at it sideways.
  3. Glue or staple the pieces to the cardboard band.
  4. Use cardboard strips to connect the side pieces and shape the front of the creature’s face.
  5. Cover your cardboard head with crumpled up and flattened out copy paper, fringed newspaper, Kraft paper, torn pieces of egg carton or ripped pieces of corrugated cardboard. You can take a look at the Cardboard Costume Pinterest Board for more inspiration.

Here’s a great video by John Gleeson Connolly (via Apartment Therapy) talking about how he made a simple cardboard dragon head for his son’s Halloween costume using a similar method.

3 thoughts on “Cardboard Heads

  1. I love making stuff out of cardboard and I love this site!
    Thank you for sharing your cardboard making ideas and photo’s..fab!

  2. Hi your costumes are amazing!! I wish I could make a costume hat for a bug and a worm for my school play. Any videos or how to help steps for a newbie.. I’ve never made a costume before and I have a student film which calls for a beetle, worm and an ant.. Lol. Thanks so much. You guys are extremely talented.

    • Hi DeLora, check out some of the costume tutorials in the Cardboard Costumes Challenge Tab. There should be a few ideas there to get you started.
      Bug costumes are my favorite!

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