The Time is here! Are you cutting up cardboard yet?
Find out more about the 2016 Cardboard Costume Challenge HERE
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 first head was for a chameleon costume, and utilized the hood pattern for sewing a kid’s jacket. To read the post about adapting a sewing pattern for use with cardboard, click HERE
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.
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.