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Minecraft - its an obsession in my house. When my 8 and 10 year old kids aren't playing it, they are sharing the details of the Obsidian they just mined, or are drawing up plans for their next creations. So when it came time to choose this years Halloween costumes, the characters of Minecraft were an easy choice.

After carefully considering all of the available characters, including sheep, skeletons, or one of the many skins of Minecraft Steve, my daughter settled on a Creeper. I knew this would be a very cool looking costume - but I wasn't sure how practical it would be. The Creeper has a long body with 4 short legs to support it. Wearing a costume with a body section that extended to her feet would make it near impossible to walk - let along climb stairs when Trick-or-Treating.

We considered shortening the body so that the feet were closer to her waist. This would improve the mobility, but would definitely look a bit odd. After some brainstorming and multiple design sketches- we finally found the solution to our dilemma: a Telescoping lower body! It could be lowered when stationary and then raised up for walking.

With a design concept in hand, we set about making our Creeper!

Materials you will need:

* cardboard sheets
* Photoshop - or similar photo editing software
* sheetrock screws
* liquid nails
* scotch tape
* 3M spray adhesive
* Velcro
* Gorilla Glue
* scrap foam

Tools you will need:

* color printer
* straight edge
* utility knife and Exacto knife

Step 1: Get Your Dimensions

I've found that the key to making a great looking character costume is to have it scaled correctly. Without a Creeper action figure (does this even exist?) to measure, we downloaded one of the many papercraft templates that are available online. Papercraft templates are great in that they give you all of the dimensions you need on a single sheet of paper.

Once you've gathered the dimensions, you will need to then determine your scale factor. Since this costume is for my daughter, we took our key scaling dimension off of her. Our scaling dimension was measured from her shoulders to the ground. The thought is that the body portion of the costume is supported by her shoulders, and as a result the shoulders of the Creeper costume need to match this height.

The scale factor can then be applied to all of the dimensions from the papercraft template. You are now ready to start cutting cardboard.


 

<p>I cut out a handle slot on the outside bottom piece so my daughter could lift it up and down. Thank you for the tutorial!!</p>
<p>Wow that turned out Amazing! Great job!!! That is the best one I've seen - hands down! Thanks so much for posting!</p>
<p>So this is my version, thanks for the tip of the teleporting legs. I added Sound, Smoke and Light effects.</p><p>https://goo.gl/photos/wjpPxXNVkuoyDSrJA</p>
<p>Wow! That is an awesome addition. I also love the moving head! You NEED to make an Instructable for how to do this! Thanks for sharing! and Happy Halloween!</p>
<p>Can you please send me the files. Thanks :)<br><a href="mailto:m@m-kom.dk" rel="nofollow">m@m-kom.dk</a></p>
<p>I'm confused on how and where to add dimensions to this costume. Did you use the Papercraft website? Or is there a Photoshop trick I should know? I measured 48&quot; from shoulders to floor, could you tell me where I should add this to get the measurements for the rest of the costume? I'm sorry if I'm missing something that you already included in there! This is so cute and I want to make sure I get it right. Thank you so much! :) </p>
<p>I took the papercraft template into illustrator (or photoshop if you <br>don't have that) and the I just scaled the paper template. Keep in mind that the costume is telescoping, so you might just wanna figure out the depth of the body (i.e. my daughter is 40&quot; from shoulder to floor so I went with 8&quot; depth and made sure it fit her body with room to move) and then just made 2 units for the body that is 20&quot; and 16&quot; tall. I eyeballed this plan and figured the legs are attached at about 1/3&quot; of the way, so I measured from the bottom of the feet to the top of the body. I also made sure there was at least 3&quot; overlap between the telescoping body parts at the max height (40&quot;). Then you just take the ruler tool and measure <br>the width/height off the paper template for the rest of the dimensions. <br>Check to make sure it fits the person who will be wearing the costume. <br>You might need to just tweak it on the fly. You want to make sure the width of the costume (shoulder to shoulder) is appropriate and then that's the size of the head. Really, don't stress too much, eyeball/estimate, have fun making it and your kid will love it!</p>
<p>Did you get any help on this? I find myself having the same question.</p>
<p>Do you have the PDF skins like the Minecraft Steve costume?</p>
<p>I don't have them any more. Just search Google for &quot;Minecraft Steve papercraft&quot; and use the advanced features to search for large size images... this will give you the highest resolution.</p>
<p>We made this too, but we nixed the bottom sliding section as it became too much for school.We also made the front of the body open like a jacket so he could take it off easier. He would have had a hard time going to the bathroom! All in all, great costume. Thanks!</p>
Hi i am in the same position for making this costume for my son. I am worried about sitting and going to the bathroom while wearing it at school he is 6 how did you alter it to work for school?
<p>We made a door on the front, that clasps with velcro on the top and bottom.</p><p>By doing this from one box, you lose some of the integrity of the box, so you are best to make the front door out of a separate flat piece of cardboard, and leave a strip of the front portion of both the front right and left corner joints intact, and just put the front piece on with some simple sturdy hinges.</p>
<p>awesome! thanks for posting. This is a great feature... the original costume isn't very practical!</p>
<p>Thats stunning</p>
<p>The telescoping legs was brilliant, I was thinking about doing a life sized zombie but that's a bit big; the head would be about 1.5 feet cubed. A life sized creeper might have enough room to shuffle but that's pretty big too. Although I'm not making a wearable creeper, I'm still going with a creeper, just making it remote control and about 4 feet tall.</p>
<p>I really want to tell my parents that I will get all the cardboard and scrap foam I can get to have the Creeper and the Steve Costume!</p><p>(Too bad I need help from family and my brother probably will laugh at me wearing it) </p>
<p>Your brother will only laugh if he's not as cool as you!! Just DO IT!!</p>
<p>I need this</p>
Can you please send me the measurements and give me the templates please. Amazing job
We used felt squares to make the pixels. My 4 year old loves it although he still calls it a teepor lol
Thanks for the instructions. We were huge hit Trick or Treating!
oh man! that is great! You made my day by posting! It looks like you made the telescoping base for the creeper too! Very well done.
I did! My son is only 4 and the weight of the cardboard was difficult for him so we left it off for actual trick or treating time. Here is a pic of the telescoping legs on
<p>Ok, I have to thank you for these instructions, you have made me a very cool grandmom, my 10 year old grandson is thrilled that I am making this for him. Thanks!!!</p>
<p>What kind of printer did you use and what size?</p>
<p>Hi! Where did you get the cardboard sheets from</p>
<p>Inspired to try from your Instructable. Made this October 2013.</p>
<p>OMG! Looks Awesome! Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. It made my day. Did you incorporate the telescoping feature, and was it a help?</p>
<p>Thank you for this great instructable. I used a lot of random boxes and had to reinforce the bends with more cardboard to make them flat parts. So I wasn't able to pull off the telescoping part, to much stuff going on that would catch. Otherwise we loved the results.</p>
<p>Can you make one for Jack a six year old friend.</p>
That is the best
I'm sponge bob
Oooooooooo
What is your name
Hand haaaaand
You king i love minecraft and creeper<br>
My email address is cbcreations4u at gmail.com <br>I would have emailed you directly, but I can't figure it out. Thank you
I was wondering if you could email me the skins already done. I saw you had the Steve ones for download. You would save me a ton of time. This tutorial is AMAZING. My ten year old and I and my husband are VERY grateful for you posting and sharing this!!!!
Nice instructable! You saved me a lot of headaches this Halloween. I have worked with cardboard on many other projects but had never heard of using sheetrock screws to hold everything in place. Great tip!
Great project. It makes me wish I had a basement or a garage so that I could do stuff like this. It is great your kids were part of it too!
Simple to watch it and difficult to create it!
yes creeper action figures exist, but they would not be up to scale, and will most likely be bent over slightly.
Wow... this sure would be easier than the costume I did last year, with about half a million variously-shaded green and white squares.
where do you get your cardboard sheets from?
awesome.

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