Introduction: Green Halloween Eel Costume

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This project was part of the new technology curriculum at my school.  The project incorporated the idea of going green with a marine theme.  Our school is close to an ocean, so incorporating a marine theme into out work is common.  For this project, we made marine themed costumes out of only cardboard.  There is no tape, glue, or any other bindings.  My group decided to have use Marine Nektons (freely swimming creatures) as our theme.  I made a Moray Eel, which was fun to make.  My group helped me out along the way, and I helped them.  Our final projects came out nice.

Design and develop a recycled costume that is interesting and uses only slotted construction.

Specifications:
Must fit middle school children
Must allow easy movement
Child can reach door

Limits:
fits a 46" tall child
Not bulky
No dangerous parts

Step 1:

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Supply List

ITEM          MATERIAL DESCRIPTION          QTY          SIZE                 REMARKS - PART
S1               CARDBOARD                                   9              48" X 24"       FRONT AND BACK BODY
                                                                                                 24" X 3"         CONNECTOR
                                                                                                 12" X 6"         JAW
                                                                                                 36" X 2 1/2"  SHOULDER STRAPS
                                                                                                 36" X 8"         CAUDAL FIN


TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT LIST

ITEM          MATERIAL DESCRIPTION          USE
T1               CUTTING MAT                               PROVIDE SAFE AREA TO CUT ON
T2               UTILITY KNIFE                               CUT CARDBOARD
T3               RULER                                            ASSIST IN DRAWING STRAIGHT LINES AND MEASURING
T4               PENCIL                                           OUTLINE CUT




Step 2:

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Supply List
S1- CARDBOARD

Tools and Equipment List
T1- CUTTING MAT
T2- UTILITY KNIFE
T3- RULER
T4- PENCIL
T5- CIRLCE TEMPLATE OR COMPASS

Part P1: FRONT BODY
1. Measure cardboard (S1) with ruler (T3) to 48" X 24"
2. Trace rectangle with a slightly rounded top on the cardboard (S1) with a pencil (T4)
3. Cut out cardboard (S1) with an utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1)
4. Trace head hole with a compass (T5) and pencil (T4) to a size larger than the child's head
5. Cut out head hole with a utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1)
6. Cut out shoulder strap holes with utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1) 2" down from the sides of the head hole
7. Cut connector slots with an utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1) at bottom of the curve and 1' up from the bottom.
8. Cut three slots with an utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1) for the jaw (P4) above and below the head hole

Part P2: BACK BODY
1. Measure cardboard (S1) with ruler (T3) to 48" X 24"
2. Trace rectangle with a curved top on to the cardboard (S1) with a pencil (T4)
3. Cut out cardboard (S1) with an utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1)
4.  Use the front body (P1) to trace shoulder strap (P5) and connector (P3) slots with a pencil (T4)
5. Cut shoulder strap (P5) and connector slots (P3) with an utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1)
6. Trace slots with a pencil (T4) for the caudal fin (P6) 12" from the top and bottom
7. Cut slots with an utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1)

Step 3:

Picture of

Supply List
S1- CARDBOARD

Tools and Equipment List
T1- CUTTING MAT
T2- UTILITY KNIFE
T3- RULER
T4- PENCIL
T5- CIRLCE TEMPLATE OR COMPASS

Part P3: CONNECTORS
1. Measure cardboard (S1) with a ruler (T3) to 3" X 24"
2. Trace rectangle on the cardboard (S1) with a pencil (T4)
3. Cut out connectors with an utility knife (T2) on a cutting a cutting mat (T1)
4. Cut angled in slots with an utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1)
5. Cut the ends with an utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1) to make them more curved and less noticeable

Step 4:

Picture of

Supply List
S1- CARDBOARD

Tools and Equipment List
T1- CUTTING MAT
T2- UTILITY KNIFE
T3- RULER
T4- PENCIL
T5- CIRLCE TEMPLATE OR COMPASS

Part P4: JAW
1. Measure a 12" X 6" crescent on the cardboard (S1) with a ruler (T3)
2. Cut out the crescent with 3 tabs on the concave side with an utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1)
3. Trace varying triangles with a pencil (T4) onto the cardboard (S1)
4. Cut out triangles of random sizes with a tab at the bottom with an utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1)

Step 5:

Picture of

Supply List
S1- CARDBOARD

Tools and Equipment List
T1- CUTTING MAT
T2- UTILITY KNIFE
T3- RULER
T4- PENCIL
T5- CIRLCE TEMPLATE OR COMPASS

Part 5: SHOULDER STRAPS
1. Measure 36" X  2 1/2" on the cardboard (S1) with a ruler (T3)
2. Trace the rectangle with a pencil (T4)
3. Cut  out with an utility knife (T2) on a cutting mat (t1)

Step 6:

Picture of

Supply List
S1- CARDBOARD

Tools and Equipment List
T1- CUTTING MAT
T2- UTILITY KNIFE
T3- RULER
T4- PENCIL
T5- CIRLCE TEMPLATE OR COMPASS


Part P6: CAUDAL FIN
1. Measure a 36" X 8" rectangle on the cardboard (S1) with a ruler (T3)
2. Trace the rectangle with a pencil (T4) on the cardboard (S1)
3. Cut out the rectangle with 2 tabs 6" from the top and bottom with an utility  knife (T2) on a cutting mat (T1)

Step 7:

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P1- FRONT BODY 
P2- BACK BODY
P3- CONNECTORS
P4- JAW
P5- SHOULDER STRAPS
P6- CAUDAL FIN


1. Fold the front body (P1) and back body (P2) to make them curved like an eel.

Step 8:

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P1- FRONT BODY
P2- BACK BODY
P3- CONNECTORS
P4- JAW
P5- SHOULDER STRAPS
P6- CAUDAL FIN


 2. Insert connector (P3) into the front body's (P1) and back body's (P2) connector slots.

Step 9:

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P1- FRONT BODY
P2- BACK BODY
P3- CONNECTORS
P4- JAW
P5- SHOULDER STRAPS
P6- CAUDAL FIN


3. Insert the shoulder straps (P5) into the slots in the front body (P1) and back body (P2) and hide the excess

Step 10:

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P1- FRONT BODY
P2- BACK BODY
P3- CONNECTORS
P4- JAW
P5- SHOULDER STRAPS
P6- CAUDAL FIN


4. Insert caudal fin (P6) into the the slots on the back body (P2)

Step 11:

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P1- FRONT BODY
P2- BACK BODY
P3- CONNECTORS
P4- JAW
P5- SHOULDER STRAPS
P6- CAUDAL FIN


5. Insert jaw (P4) into it's slots on the front body (P1)


Congratulations!  You have made your own Green Halloween Costume!

Comments

MigeelJ (author)2015-10-01

Ah YES, ThE MAJESTIC CORRUGATED LAME EEL.

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