2015 Cardboard Costume Parade!

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Ren, Stimpy and Log costumes by Matt Lentini and Matador and Bull costumes by Matt and Nicole Lentini

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“Wild Things and Max” bicycle-friendly costumes sent by Sarah

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Frank-Ein-Stein  and Fox Head by Betsy A. Riley

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Mosquito costume by Rebecca at Lepetitearbre

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Robot costume by Manon Doran see more pictures at her blog Une Dahlia en Westfalia

Do you have photos to send? I’ll keep updating this post. I would love to see your photos and the one-of-a-kind costume you made this year!

These costumes are pure cardboard magic. Thanks to everyone that sent photos and Happy Halloween 2015!

Paper Toad Costume

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Paper Toad Costume by Amber

Made from recycled materials & recyclable

Cardboard, egg cartons, expandable packing paper, Japanese paper rice bags, thread, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, white glue, staples

Monarch Caterpillar from Cardboard

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Cardboard Monarch Caterpillar Costume by Amber

Made from recycled materials and recyclable

cardboard, Japanese paper rice bags, white glue, staples, thread, steel-toothed zipper, caster wheels, acrylic paint

Decorative Repair

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Repairing a torn book page at The Cardboard CollectiveRepairing the torn pages of books with decorative paper at The Cardboard Collective

…some experiments in repairing books in a way that adds something.

Wouldn’t it be nice to add a little poem to a torn page, or a note saying something like…

It’s O.K.

Don’t worry.

Nori: Japanese rice paste at The Cardboard Collective

I used Japanese rice paste, (called Nori) and some pretty paper scraps. It was a hard choice sometimes between colors that follow the mood of a book and others that contrast it.

Washi paper book repair at The Cardboard Collective

I also tried to fix a glass apothecary jar I use for things like buttons. It broke in a way that created a large hole, but no cracks, so washi tape was enough….

Washi Tape apothecary jar repair at The Cardboard Collective

Decorative Papier Mache basket repair at The Cardboard Collective

And lastly, my basket for thread. The edges of the basket were cracked and the whole thing was falling apart. The colors of the paper always brighten my mood, and I can still see my thread peeking through patches of the basketry.

Blue Butterfly Wings

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Little Blue Butterfly, 2013
Found cardboard and paper, melon and apple cartons, paper cord, watercolor, pastel chalk, white glue

part of the series:

“Insect Family”

(Inspired by this butterfly puppet by Octodrone that my daughter fell in love with.)

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