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My 10 year old son said, "Mom, a Tardis is too simple. No one believes I can make a Dalek, so I will make a Dalek."

We couldn't find a template online so we Googled Dalek Cardboard Costumes.

  • Gathered materials
    • large cardboard sheets came from refrigerator boxes and from what must have been protective packaging around flat maps or plastic because they measured, broken down, 48" X 72" approx.
    • Gorilla Tape, Duck Tape (silver), Painter's tape, masking tape
    • Brass fasteners
    • Spray paint (gold and a bronzy brown)
    • small toilet plunger for Sucker Arm
    • paint roller for the Gun
    • flashlight, blue highlighter, and vacuum tube for the Eye
    • plastic ornament balls that were already in halves for the Globes
    • black foam tube insulation for bumper/Power System
    • black plastic mesh and wooden dowels for neck
    • LED stick on lights for the top of the head
    • clear plastic ice cream cups for light covers
    • a disposable fruit bowl cover that I cut up to create a track on which head could pivot
    • mini hot glue gun
  • I used box cutter on big pieces because I didn't want the boy to get hurt.I free cut the shapes and scored and bent the cardboard to get the base.
    • I used masking tape on the outside, believing spray paint would adhere better and Gorilla Tape or Duck Tape on the inside to reinforce the seams
  • Son cut up tissue boxes to create small boxes for the Gun and Sucker Arm
  • Son used one of the ornament domes and molded Gorilla tape to create the dome from which Sucker Arm emerges
  • Son wrapped everything in Silver Duck Tape for metallic finishes on Arm and Eye
  • Son spray painted EVERYTHING (a definite highlight of homemade costumes)
  • Son measured and placed painter's tape where he would place globes on the base and then hot glued all the globes
  • Son used brass fasteners to hold the gold pieces along the neck
  • I took the plastic dome from the fruit bowl lid and taped cardboard to it and a cardboard ring to create the head. Head ring fits in the plastic track so it pivots and Son can turn it when he turns his head.
  • Gorilla Taped foam bumpers/Power System
<p>very cool. you should get a pic with the Tardis. the book store in Ingersoll ont has a perfect one with sound effects and everything</p>
very cool
<p>You are a great mom. This looks SO good! All his friends are going to love the Dalek costume. Bravo! </p>
I'm actually working with my son on the same costume. It's a task.
I think my son did. I plan on showing a few closeups of each section.
<p>Oh my, this so cool! What an excellent costume.</p><p>Did you happen to take any photos of the Dalek costume as you were building it? If you did, those would be great to add in a couple of steps to help others if they wanted to try to duplicate this. This is a wonderful costume. Thanks so much for sharing this!</p>

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