Step 2: Make the Body

The Creeper character is essentially made up of rectangular box shapes. This makes cardboard the logical choice of construction material. Ít's cheap, easy to cut, and easy to fasten together with glue.

Our costume was made up of three distinct sections: head, body, and lower body. We started with construction of the body, which is itself constructed from three separate pieces. The front surface and side surfaces were made from a single piece of cardboard with two small flanges - one on each side - for easy attachment of the back surface. We attached the pieces together using liquid nails. Sheet metal screws were used to cinch the pieces together and hold them in place while the glue cured. This provides the added benefit of allowing the partially assembled box to be handled before the glue is dry.

Next the end cap was added. This too had flanges that were used for gluing to the body section. A square shaped hole was later cut into this end cap to allow my son's head to fit through.

Arm holes then need to be added on the side surfaces. Make these oversized to facilitate the process of putting the costume on and taking it off.

Helpful hint: We found that scoring the cardboard before bending to allow for much cleaner folds.


<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
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?
Epic this is awesome I mean how did she think of that type of body
We featured your costume and linked to your instructions from an article. Thanks for all the in-depth instructions! <br> <br>http://www.gameskinny.com/4bdbi/5-geeky-green-costumes-and-how-to-make-them
This... <br>Is... <br>AMAZING!!!
Thatssssssss a very nice bowl of candy you have there... be a shame if something were to happen to it......

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