Cardboard Creatures & a Pinata too!

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I had a great time with all the kids and parents that came to the mask-making workshop. Their creativity transformed a pile of cardboard and paper recyclables into a fun menagerie of hats, masks, wigs and mythical creatures. I also loved sharing my family’s long time tradition of making pinatas (this time in cardboard) with so many families who had no idea what pinatas were.

Thanks to everyone who helped with clean-up, spreading the word through email, my very kind friends who translated for me, and to everyone who came out on such a beautiful day to enjoy the fun of making and celebrating together.

Mask-Making Workshop

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Cardboard Collective mask-making workshop in Tokyo, October 24, 2014

In cooperation with Play Park Kujira Yama ( a weekly pop-up adventure playground in Tokyo) I’ll be leading a Halloween mask-making workshop culminating with a cardboard pinata we’ll decorate the day of the event. Oide!

Who: preschool and elementary aged children and their parents

What: recyclable Halloween hat and mask making

Where: Koganei Musashino Park next to Kujira Yama

When: Friday, October 24th, 2014 from 2pm – 4:30pm

Please bring some light weight cardboard, a stapler and scissors (with your name on them) and okashi/snacks to fill  our pinata!

The Cardboard Collective

My Wolf Twin in Coll d’en Rabassa

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Cardboard Wolf Mask by Pep Riutord

My wolf twin lives in Mallorca, Coll d’en Rabassa! He’s having the same trouble scaring Japanese commuters, children and beagles as me…

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Pep sent some great process shots as well. I love the eye balls.

Wolf Mask by Pep Riutord

Wolf head pictures courtesy of Pep Ruitord at http://www.paparra.tumblr.com/

How to Start a Cardboard Head, Hat or Helmet

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Cardboard Head Piece by Amber_The Cardboard Collective

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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.

 

More Cardboard Heads

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We’ve already gotten our first photos for the Cardboard Costume Challenge!

Christine Scheer made this incredible Pavlov’s Dog head entirely from cardboard for a cardboard costume charity event she attended in late September.

You can see how Christine started her head by making the upper and lower cardboard jawbone pieces and then used strips to connect the pieces.

This a truly original costume idea! Thanks for sending your awesome pictures Christine!

Cardboard Costume by Christine Scheer

Wolf Mask: Sneak Peak

Happily, all the different kinds of cardboard I’ve been saving have been put to use in the making of this mask.

Especially exciting is the bag of torn-up egg cartons that works as wolf fur.

For more inspiration:

Check out this Flickr photo set from a participant in the Cardboard Costume Challenge named wrnking. T-Rex head under construction.