The goal in this project was to use only recycled cardboard to make a slotted construction costume. It is meant to keep the earth greener one costume at a time.
School Project Intro
Our school curriculum is based on the marine environment and technology. We do many projects that encourage us to use new methods that force us to think out side of the box.
We had to create a marine themed costume out of only cardboard using no fasteners. The method we used was called slotted construction. It uses pressure to hold its self together.
The design must fit comfortably on a middle school student and resemble something related to the marine world.
Use only cardboard
Use no fasteners
Fit comfortably on a middle school student
Related to the marine environment
Step 1: Materials/ Tools List
S1 - Head, one 50" x 44" piece.
S2 - Body, two 18" x 30" pieces
S3 - Shoulder Straps, two 9"x 3" pieces.
S4 - Caudal Fin, one 12" by 10" piece.
S5 - Dorsal Fin, one 10" by 10" piece.
T1 - Cutting Mat
T2 - Utility Knife
T3 - Ruler
T4 - Pencil
Step 2: Create the Head
Step 3: Head (Cont.)
Step 4: Head (Cont.)
Step 5: Head (Cont.)
Step 6: Head (Continued)
Step 7: Head (Cont.)
Step 8: Head (Cont.)
Use the utility knife to score these lines.
Step 9: Head (Cont.)
Fold the cardboard (S1) along all of the tabs and every 10" aligning with the tabs (Where you scored). The head should look like the picture below.
Step 10: Head. (Cont.)
Step 11: Create the Body
2. (ON BACK ONLY) Use the pencil (T4) and ruler (T3) to mark 8” inch slots centered starting at 4” from the top and at 18” from the top then use the utility knife (T2) on the cutting mat (T1) to cut out the slots.
Step 12: Create the Caudal (Tail) Fin
1. Using the utility knife (T2) on top of the cutting mat (T1) cut a 2” x 1” tab centered at the bottom of the cardboard (S4). (the tab should be 2" wide and 1" deep)
2. Leave about 1” from the top of the tab then cut a straight line to the top left corner of the cardboard using the ruler as a straight edge (T3)
3. Make a point 2” away from where the beginning of the upward part of the fin was cut, using the pencil. (T4)
4. Cut from the point to the bottom corner and back to the bottom of the tab.
Step 13: Create the Dorsal Fin
2. From either corner, use the pencil (T4) to draw a curved line from 1 " above the tab to the opposite upper corner.
3. Use the utility knife (T2) on top of the cutting mat (T1) to cut out the shape of the fin.
Step 14: Shoulder Straps
2. Repeat step 1 to create the second strap.
Step 15: Assembly
Step 19: Paint It!
Be sure to paint both sides so it doesn't warp.