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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

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!

(Too bad I need help from family and my brother probably will laugh at me wearing it)

leash94187 months ago

I need this

ironmanlover8 months ago
Can you please send me the measurements and give me the templates please. Amazing job
schamberlain48 months ago
We used felt squares to make the pixels. My 4 year old loves it although he still calls it a teepor lol
MattyBoJangles made it!9 months ago

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!

melizer9 months ago
Thanks for the instructions. We were huge hit Trick or Treating!
pjkumpon (author)  melizer9 months ago
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.
melizer pjkumpon9 months ago
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

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!!!

TBrickman1 year ago

What kind of printer did you use and what size?

Sandy-Wood1 year ago

Hi! Where did you get the cardboard sheets from

Emberlily made it!1 year ago

Inspired to try from your Instructable. Made this October 2013.

pjkumpon (author)  Emberlily 1 year ago

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?

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.

nnielsen51 year ago

Can you make one for Jack a six year old friend.

That is the best
yosr rambo1 year ago
I'm sponge bob
yosr rambo1 year ago
yosr rambo1 year ago
What is your name
yosr rambo1 year ago
Hand haaaaand
yosr rambo1 year ago
You king i love minecraft and creeper
cboth11 year ago
My email address is cbcreations4u at gmail.com
I would have emailed you directly, but I can't figure it out. Thank you
cboth11 year ago
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!!!!
dweinand1 year ago
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!
prosend1 year ago
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.
jfellrath1 year ago
Wow... this sure would be easier than the costume I did last year, with about half a million variously-shaded green and white squares.
OzzyManson1 year ago
where do you get your cardboard sheets from?
SWiiiTCH2 years ago
Epic this is awesome I mean how did she think of that type of body
GameSkinny2 years ago
We featured your costume and linked to your instructions from an article. Thanks for all the in-depth instructions!

jonnybo1112 years ago
ElSmago2 years ago
Thatssssssss a very nice bowl of candy you have there... be a shame if something were to happen to it......
iproberry12 years ago
cool knex132 years ago
Thatsssssss great

The costume though is a masterpiece. Great job with that!
This is brilliant! Keep up the good work.