In our Technology class, I was assigned to design and develop a costume fitting a marine theme decided by my group, consisting of me and several other classmates. This costume had to fit a flat-pack design, which would allow it to be stored in several flat pieces, must be made with slotted construction, and cannot include fasteners like tape. The costume had to be made completely of cardboard, could not include fasteners, and could not be too difficult for the average parent to create. For this project, I chose to make a Windowpane Flounder to fit our groups theme of ‘Nektons’.
Step 1: Materials List:
T1. Pencil Draw increments along sides of cardboard.
T2. Ruler Measure increments along side of cardboard.
T3. Eraser Erase lines on cardboard.
T4. Exacto-Knife Cut out pieces of cardboard.
Supply: Measurements: Qty: Use:
S1. Large piece of cardboard 4' x 3' 2 Body Plates
S2. Small piece of cardboard 6" x 2' 1 Shoulder Straps
Step 2: Making the Body Plates
2. Connect the increments identifying the 3’ line with the pencil (T1). This will divide the cardboard into two parts: one that is 1’ x 3’ and one that is 3’ x 3’.
3. Using the pencil (T1), draw a circle within the 3’ x 3’ area. Draw a triangle with the pencil (T1) going horizontally from the line where the 3’ x 3’ area and the 1’ x 3’ area meet to the end of the cardboard. Follow the picture above for help.
4. Erase the line separating the 3’ x 3’ area and the 1’ x 3’ area using the eraser (T3).
5. Cut around this body shape with the Exacto-Knife (T4). This will give you a fish-like body plate (P1).
6. Repeat steps 1-5 using the second 4’ x 3’ piece of cardboard (S1). This will give you a second fish-like body plate (P1).
Step 3: Making the Shoulder Straps
2. You should now have two identical 3” x 1' pieces of cardboard. These will be the shoulder straps (P2)
Step 4: Parts List:
Part: Name of Part: Qty:
P1. Fish-like body plate 2
P2. Shoulder strap 2
Step 5: Assembling the Costume
2. Insert one shoulder strap (P2) through the slot on the left on both body plates (P1).
3. Insert the other shoulder strap (P2) through the slot on the right on both body plates (P1).
4. The costume has been successfully assembled! Check the pictures above to check your accuracy.
Step 6: Disassembling the Costume
2. The pieces can now be stored flat.