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There comes a time at college when you realize you need something to entertain yourself during the day, while you wait for the festivities at night. For my friends and I, one day we took to creating a character, mascot, creature, whatever you'd like to deem it.

Firstly, you must come up with a theme to design your character by. Building a human is no fun, theres plenty of those around. Animals would be exciting, but I'm not skilled enough to make it life-like. . .so I picked something inanimate. Being an electronics junky, I followed down that train of thought and came eventually to something that I hadn't seen in quite some time. . .a large older model Motorola phone. You know the one I'm talking about, the "Zach Morris Phone". Now I picked something electronic because I'm passionate about them, so you should pick something you like in order to enjoy the project the most that you can.

Hopefully you've come up with a character, so lets move on. . .

Step 1: Scrounging

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Scrounger-a college student who is Major/Minoring in Architecture/Sculpture.

In my line of work (school), our projects only exist thanks to those that throw things away. For this project the structure, body, and details were all created with cardboard, as are most of my projects. Now stores sell boxes, which is really terrible cardboard (I'm an expert), plus it's expensive. Art stores sell flat sheets of cardboard, but once again, it's expensive.

My favorite place to go is the appliance store. They have so graciously separated the cardboard from the rest of the garbage (mine all have separate dumpsters) so it is clean, free, and thanks to refrigerators, very large. They also have some cool types of cardboard, such as compressed and layered columns, angles, and rolls to provide structure for the appliance boxes, and also thicker sheets up to 1" usually. That being said, if your appliance store chains their dumpster like some do, you could always go into any big box store and ask for boxes because they too separate them. Stores that carry garbage pails and plastic totes usually have the largest boxes. Remember, ask nicely and say thank you.

I guess we got a little off track from the actual Instructable, but its its useful info so you can let it slide, right? Thanks.

Anyway, back to scrounging. Luckily between my roommates and myself plenty of cardboard and paint for the numbers could be had, but no gray paint for the body was available. A trip to your local paint store can solve that problem and rather cheaply if you go right to the mixed-wrong paint shelf. Some of the colors are bizarre but you can usually find something close to what you were looking for at a nice bargain price.

I've just realized I like to ramble, so on to the next step and I promise it'll be brief.
 
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toogers4 years ago
sweet! i'm gonna be an arcade machine
Goob6 years ago
ROFLcopters! Awesome phone, creative pics too. I don't think I would've thought to go to the gym. Just a thought, if you ever wanted to mod this, I think it'd be great to add a speaker and some pre-recorded "old school" sounds. Maybe even large pushbutton action...people could then interact. AWESOME THOUGH!
Warlrosity Goob5 years ago
Hmmm, do you have LOLies in your ROFLcopter, how about your LOLerscates
You know what? Ive found my character...a Mailbox!!! (in you live in Quebec, close to montreal, dont even think about using my idea, or ur dead!)really, that would be cool... ill upload my instructable right away!
This is a G R E A T instructable!!!!! Its also a good idea for halloween :D one word: GRATZ!
Mitten7 years ago
Reminds me of Trigger Happy TV. YEAH? HELLO?
I'M IN THE LIBRARY! WHAT??? lol
gritz1236 years ago
how is it being held together? cuz from the looks of it there is no duct tape
crapflinger7 years ago
a cell phone on a treadmill? classic! there was at one time a group of guys who would dress up in these foam cellphone outfits...and lie in wait around corners in public places...when someone would answer their cellphone on the street..the guy in the phone suit would run out and smash the person's phone...then run away...very funny