As we kick off another march towards Halloween, it’s time to think in cardboard. What shapes do you see? What faces are peering out at you?
How can you use cardboard in a way it’s never been used before?
The Cardboard Costume Challenge begins….
During my New Year’s cleaning I unearthed a stack of album covers that I’ve used on many projects over the course of the last two years. As I contemplated finally recycling what was left, the photograph on the cover of this Linda Ronstadt album piqued my interest. I sat and stared at it.
…….prettiness, that’s what I’m seeking right here and now in the middle of winter, that feeling.
So I brushed and cut my hair, pulled on my brightest striped sweater, and got busy making something pretty.
because of you Linda.
Start with a double pocket style album cover. Cut the album cover to the dimensions of 19″ (48cm) x 12.5″ (32cm). The height of the pocket is 4.5″ (12 cm)
This is where you can add some pretty paper if the inside of your cover is aged.
The last and most interesting part of this project is the trim. I used strips of interesting paper and gold cardboard folded over the edges (about 0.75″/2cm wide). You can glue the trim down, but I sewed it onto the folder using a standard needle and my sewing machine. I used the hand treadle to get started and then back-stitched at the beginning and end.
Cup of cocoa anyone?
This has been my first experience decorating a Christmas tree as an adult. After university, I always lived overseas and traveled on my holiday break. Once we moved to Japan and started our family, the girls were always so little and then there was the question of space, storage and living or artificial tree.
I ended up finding a little artificial tree at the recycling center and the girls have fallen in love with it. They made pomanders, threaded glass beads and popcorn, and covered it with the 100 tiny paper cranes that one of my husband’s students gave to him several years ago.
We were missing a star though, and although the one I made for the top is a little serious for our kid- decorated tree, I hope we will grow into it over time.
I used recycled gold cardboard that I’ve collected, but you can use thin cardboard and gold paint to get a similar effect.
- Cut out two cardboard circles, a little larger than a spool of thread, and then trace the spool in the center of both circles to use as a guide for gluing the spindles.
- Cut spindles to measure: about .25cm x 6.5cm (about 75-100 pieces.)
- Glue the pieces onto the circle.
- Cut out your stars (2) and score. The original idea for this project came from the tutorial by grey luster girl. I changed the size and shape of my star to fit this project. To make the star, I made a paper template by folding it up like a snowflake and then cutting it until I got the size and shape that I wanted.
- Glue your stars onto the spindles.
- To make the base of the star, fold a piece of cardboard in half to make an ice-cream cone shape. (Simpler and more effective than the pyramid one I made.) and glue your stars and spindles to both sides.
This cardboard die was made in an attempt to settle disputes in our house. My youngest had just turned two, and well, no dice, it didn’t work at all. The two of them actually fought over who got to play with the cube, so I just put it on my shelf, and chalked it up to a failed experiment.
At two and a half though, things have changed for the better, and the “turn cube” is doing me some justice.
Just a cardboard cube, six photos and assorted washi tape is all that you need. If you have an odd number of children in your family, you’ll need to put a “roll again” message on one face of the cube, and if you have more than 6 kids, well, I’m sure you’ve figured out a better system than this for maintaining your sanity!
For instructions on how to make the cube, you can find them here, in the book I sell in my Etsy shop. The pattern also explains how to make large cardboard blocks that you can take apart and store flat, a really cool design.
Otherwise, try a plain cube-shaped cardboard box, often the ones that ornaments come in at this time of year are perfect!
Although it’s already Mid November, I just wanted to say thanks again to all of you who took the Cardboard Costume Challenge this year.
Whether you sent in pictures or just got thinking about the idea for the future, thanks for following us on this year’s Halloween adventure. I had so much fun working on our insect family costumes as well as the other costume tutorials.
I hope to see you again next year, and please visit the Pinterest Board now and then as you start scheming and dreaming for 2014. (I already have a request for a Humback Whale costume from the littlest one and a year might be just enough time to figure it out!)
A few spectacular cardboard costumes sent in, and don’t forget to check out the Flickr pool if you haven’t already!