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 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.
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…
- Make a cardboard band that fits snugly around your head.
- Create cardboard side pieces that are similar in shape to the skull of the creature if you look at it sideways.
- Glue or staple the pieces to the cardboard band.
- Use cardboard strips to connect the side pieces and shape the front of the creature’s face.
- 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.
I’m not quite sure how this Mother’s Day or Father’s Day project will find it’s audience; (unless I’ve gained a tween readership I’m unaware of) maybe it would be a more likely graduation or wedding project. I’m just putting this idea out there in the hope that at least one set of cardboard insoles will find it’s way into a pair of sassy mom pumps, or groovy dad shoes that are out dancing the night away, celebrating how awesome it is to be a parent.
…and Mom, I really wanted to make these for you, but I don’t have a pair of your shoes here in Tokyo to make the pattern from, so sorry about that. I hope you like the Mother’s Day present I did send you. It’s not made of cardboard.