The reason this costume is great for the low-budget costumer is that it's almost entirely made from cardboard/paper, and cardboard is everywhere! The next time you are out shopping, take a trip behind the store and look for what they call their "trash/recycling" cardboard. It's free, usually undamaged, and is big in size. This is perfect because you will need a fair amount of cardboard to make a proportionately sized "block" for your head. Make sure the cardboard you get is corrugated.
You will need the following for this build:
- Poster Board
- Wood or school Glue
- Super Glue
- Glue Stick
- Flexible plastic
- Scissors/Exacto blade
- Ruler/Measuring Tape
- Spray Paint (White or color of choice)
Not necessary, but helpful items:
Step 1: Pre Assembly
- To start, you will need to place a ruler under your chin, parallel to your collar bone, to determine how wide your box needs to be. Pick a size you think will look right in ratio to your body. Using this measurement with your six panels will make your box square.
Doing a Google Image search for "How to make a box" results in several plans that would make a suitable box for this project. I will show you how I made mine.
- Using a t-square, I cut out six pieces of cardboard panels, to the measurements I thought appropriate for my box.
- I cut cardboard strips around 2" wide, and 1"- 2" shorter than the length of the square panels. These strips were scored down the center to make assembly corners for the inside of the box.
- Small cardboard triangles the length of the width of the corner support strips were also cut and are used to strengthen and support the inside corner strips.