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Welcome to Cardboard Costume Challenge 2017!

It’s all about inspiration, the exchange of ideas, and the excitement of making something by hand.

There are no contests.

No prizes.

No endorsements.

No sponsorships.

Just look around on the site, Pinterest Board, and around the web and challenge yourself to make your costume from cardboard, and whatever other scraps you can find.

If you would like to share your costume, send us a picture and we’ll post it.

We’ve already started to receive some costumes for 2017.

Have a look at the AWESOME, creative and inspiring cardboard costumes below!

Cardboard train costume by Alex Nadeau

Busy Bee by Camille www.thecardboardcollective.com

Busy Bee costume by Camille

 

 

Busy Bee by Camille www.thecardboardcollective.com

Busy Bee costume by Camille

Busy Bee by Camille www.thecardboardcollective.com

Busy Bee costume by Camille

 

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Red Velvet Worm, Crossing Signal and the Golden Gate Bridge!

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You”ll never believe these costumes sent from a parallel cardboard universe. Interactive lights, secret candy chutes and functioning game pieces. Yeah!

What impresses me most, is the smiles of a family that “makes” together. From hair-brained idea to triumphant march on Halloween night, you can tell they enjoyed the whole process.

I hope you will be as inspired as I was by the favorite cardboard projects that costume meisters Rosie and Ben have created over the years. They sent me these pictures of their costumes for the Cardboard Costume Challenge.

Viva la Halloween!

   1. Anglerfish. Complete with hinged mouth that opens and closes, push light eyes and an internal switch for the overhead light.
2.  Red Candle. Contains an internal switch so friends can “blow” out the candle.
 
3.  Crosswalk.  Contains switch from “walk” to “don’t walk.”  So fun!
4.  Tropical Pitcher Plant.  Fly hat for a finishing touch.  Includes chute to drop in candy!
5.  Calculator.  “hello!”
6.  Velvet Worm.  Yes, very obscure.  Silly string was used for “slime glands.”
7.  Black Widow and Fly
 
8.  Connect 4.  Yes, the game actually works.  We donated it to a local school after Halloween.
9.  Golden Gate Bridge.  A hinge connects the road in the middle but we mostly stayed unconnected!

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Cardboard & Newsprint Unicorn Costume

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Cardboard and Newsprint Unicorn Costume by The Cardboard Collective

Cardboard and Newsprint Unicorn Costume

To make the costume you’ll need:

  • white paper egg cartons
  • white newsprint or tissue paper (rainbow colors would be great!)
  • toilet paper tubes
  • metallic cardboard, (or rainbow paint your regular cardboard)
  • stapler

Simple Steps:

  1. cut a rectangular strip of cardboard about 4 inches wide and 10 inches long
  2. fringe newsprint, then fold the ends over the cardboard and staple
  3. cut ears from egg cartons and attach with stapler
  4. create cone shaped horn from metallic cardboard and staple down
  5. cut toilet paper tubes so that they can fit over your wrists and ankles like a cuff
  6. fringe more newsprint and staple to cuffs (place tape over staples to avoid irritation)
  7. shape the ends of the toilet paper tubes to look like hooves.

Unicorn Costume by The Cardboard Collective

Cardboard Heads

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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.

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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.

Starry Cardboard Birthday Crown

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An easy beautiful birthday crown that my daughter put together on her big day. She wants to wear it again next year, and I agree it turned out beautifully. There is definitely a Glinda, Good Witch of the North quality there.

If you can’t find gold cardboard, try jarred gold paint and pizza box lids……..