How to Start a Cardboard Head, Hat or Helmet

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Cardboard Head Piece by Amber_The Cardboard Collective

Cardboard Head Piece by Amber_The Cardboard Collective

Cardboard Head Piece by The Cardboard Collective

These are the beginnings of the head pieces the girls will wear for their butterfly and moth costumes.  We will be attaching antennas and textured cardboard to complete them.

Simple Steps:

  1. Cut strips of cardboard about 1.5″ wide and longer than you need to wrap around your head.
  2. Measure cut and glue a strip of cardboard together so it fits around your head.
  3. Attach 2 more cardboard strips so that they cross over the mid point of your head.
  4. Add additional strips as desired.
  5. Use this base for attaching ears, horns, antennas, or a mask.

 

My Materials

Materials- The Cardboard Collective

This is it! A sampler of the things that I use other than post-consumer cardboard, paper bags and tubes that I find on recycling day.

  • Glue: low VOC white glue for cardboard, and homemade wheat paste for decoupage.
  • Origami and chiyogami paper
  • Washi paper (This is a strong handmade Japanese paper that comes in large sheets)
  • Washi tape (watch out for inferior brands that don’t stick!)
  • 100% Recycled paper string and cord
  • Recycled paper tape

Turning straw into gold…

These are the materials that I love for their beauty (Washi paper rivals fabric in my opinion), their recycle-ability (I adhere to one rule: everything that I make must be recycle-able), their effectiveness (Time is precious so why use stuff that doesn’t work?) and their endless possibility (Keep reading the blog for more on that).

Have any insights? Secret recipes? (I’d love to hear them!)