Cardboard Lightning Bug

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Cardboard Lightning Bug/Firefly costume by Pete via The Cardboard Collective OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Pete
Lightning Bug, 2013 (commonly mistaken for cockroach)
Found cardboard and paper, steel nuts & bolts, watercolor, white glue

part of the series:

“Insect Family”

Stay tuned for more winged cardboard creatures…..

More Cardboard Costume Challengers

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Cardboard Players Photo by Janet Chiang

Cardboard Players Photo by Janet Chiang

Where the wild things are cardboard mask by Tara Middleton

Where the Wild Things Are cardboard mask by (my incredible sister) Tara Middleton

Wall E by Jennifer Kent

Wall E costume by Jennifer Kent

A few spectacular cardboard costumes sent in, and don’t forget to check out the Flickr pool if you haven’t already!

 

Cardboard Grasshopper Costume

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Amber
Rainbow Locust, 2013
Found cardboard, melon cartons, watercolor, chalk pastel, white glue

Welcome!

…..to a tiny cardboard costume exhibition of our costumes called:

“Insect Family”

Stay tuned for more winged cardboard creatures…..


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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Starry Cardboard Birthday Crown by AmberStarry Cardboard Birthday Crowns by Amber

Starry Cardboard Birthday Crown by Amber  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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……..

A Cardboard Glue Comb & Sneak Peak

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DIY cardboard glue comb

DIY cardboard glue comb

DIY cardboard glue comb

DIY cardboard glue comb

I’m in the final stages of pattern testing my first cardboard furniture pattern! While my husband sweetly refers to this step as the first pancake, I feel like I have flipped so many many pancakes already!

Last week I was on a mad search to find a glue comb (oddly a tool that is uncommon in the U.S.) to put in (yay!) my new Amazon Affiliates shop. A putty knife was the closest stand-in I could recommend. Then my brilliant pattern-testing mother told me about the piece of cardboard she cut from the handle of a box to make into a glue spreader.

Wonderful, I thought, one less product; one less thing to buy. But I was surprised at how well this solution really worked when I modified it slightly by removing a strip of paper to expose the corrugations. Identical glue stripe-ing!

If you make a second glue comb you can use the two combs to clean each other before the glue dries, otherwise  just trim off the end and then cut another strip to make more corrugations.

OK, I’m in the home stretch now, hopefully I’ll have the pattern up any day now (whew!), and here’s a little sneak peak for all of you who follow the blog:

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