I designed and created a Narwhal stage costume. The only material used was cardboard. I researched the target audience, which was middle school aged children. I had to understand what the audience liked to wear and average body measurements. Slotted construction and Flat Pack Design was used for assembling the costumes.
• double ply or single-ply cardboard
• fit middle school aged child
• slotted construction
• flat-pack design
• resemble a marine organism or marine related structure
• recycled cardboard only, no fasteners.
• able to be worn as stage costume or Halloween costume
Step 1: Materials
• 30in x 45in 2-ply Cardboard Window Box (Quantity: 2)
• 18in x 36in 2-ply Cardbaord Window Box (Quantity: 2)
• Cutting Mat
• Utility Knife
• Circle Template or Compass
• Packing Tape
Step 2: Producing Body(P1)
Use ruler (T3) and pencil (T4) to measure 26in across top of piece from edge of cardboard. Measure 10in down side of cardboard, leaving 2in of space between the line and the edge of the cardboard. Mark this location with pencil (T4). Measure outwards 2in parallel to top. Measure 1in along edge of cardboard. Measure back another 2 inches, creating a tab on the side of the costume. Repeat this step 2in lower on the cardboard. Measure downward another 10in, making sure to trace with pencil (T4). Mark this location.
Along the initial top line, measure across 24in. Repeat the steps to create another two tabs. At the bottom of each side, draw fins or flippers. Use packing tape (T6) to fix any unwanted slits.
Use utility knife (T2) to cut along outline on top of cutting mat (T1).
Repeat for back (P2)
Step 3: Producing Sides(P3)
Repeat for Side 2 (P3)
Step 4: Parts List
P1: Front (1)
P2: Back (1)
P3: Side (2)