For this project, my group and I decided to do marine accessories. I chose to create a life preserver. This costume is simple and easy to make, and just follow the directions to create a one-of-a-kind costume!
-I had to design a costume
-This costume had to use slotted construction
The specifications of this project:
-create a costume that uses recycable materials
-costume must be able to be used by middle-school aged children in a play or for Halloween
-costume must assemble and dissemble easily
-store in a flat package
The limitations for this project:
-assemble only using slotted construction
-use only cardboard
-no permanent fasteners (glue, tape, etc.)
Step 1: Tools and Materials List
ITEM MATERIAL QTY SIZE DESCRIPTION
S1 CARDBOARD three 4'x4' Double ply sheets. Used to create the two main pieces, the support strip, and the suspenders
Tools and Equipment:
ITEM TOOL USE
T1 UTILITY KNIFE To cut the carboard into the correct pieces
T2 CUTTING MAT To cut the cardboard on top of to protect work surfaces
T3 TAPE MEASURE To measure the correct sizes of all the pieces
T4 PENCIL To outline the shape of the pieces on the cardboard
T5 SCISSORS To trim the edges of the cardboard
Step 2: Part 1: LARGE RINGS
2. Draw the smaller circle within the larger outline using the pencil (T4) and the tape measure (T3) to make sure it is directly in the center of the larger circle.
3. Place the cardboard (S1) on top of the cutting mat (T1) on a flat surface.
4. Use the utility knife (T2) to cut through the cardboard along the lines, and push out the inner circle and the larger circle
5. Discard the smaller circle.
6. Calculate where the slots would be in the surface of the circle and cut them with the utility knife (T2).
7. Use the scissors (T5) to trim the edges of the cardboard that possibly frayed.
8. Repeat this step once more so you have two circle “donut” shapes.
Step 3: Part 2: SUSPENDERS
2. Cut out along the lines using a utility knife (T2) on top of the cutting mat (T1).
3. On the very ends of the suspender, cut (T2) two slits an inch up from the bottom that go in about a centimeter.
4. Use the scissors (T5) to trim the edges of the cardboard that possibly frayed.
5. Repeat these steps one more time to create a total of two suspenders.
Step 4: Part P3: SUPPORT STRIP
2. Cut it out using a utility knife (T2) on top of a cutting mat (T1)
3.Create tab outlines with a pencil (T4) every 6 inches using the tape measure (T3) on each longer side of the strip. There should be about four on each side.
4. On the shorter side, cut the strip about 6 inches up and cut it so that it narrows out.
5. Cut two slots about 4 inches apart and 3 inches long and about an inch up from the bottom of the tab on the other shorter side using a utility knife (T2).
6. Use the scissors (T5) to trim the edges of the cardboard that possibly frayed.
I actually made two, but just used the better one.
Step 5: Parts List
ITEM QTY PART NAME
P1 2 Large Rings
P2 2 Suspenders
P3 1 Support Strip
Step 6: ASSEMBLY
2. Inset the folded tabs into the corresponding slots on the top circle (P1) and unfold the folded part of the tab.
3. Repeat this with both ends of both suspenders, and do it so that the back of the suspenders are crossed.
4. Next, fold in the tabs on the support strip (P3).
5. Insert them into the corresponding slots on the top and bottom circle (P1).
6. Unfold the folded section of the tabs to lock and hold the strip (P3) in place.
7. Repeats this step with all of the tabs in the support strip (P3).
8. After this, you should number all the slots and tabs so that when you take the costume apart, you can easily put it back together.
. After all the tabs on the support strip are in place, insert the long narrow tab in and through the slot on the other end of the strip (P3) and through the next slot to create a belt-like seal.