Here's a fantastic costume idea for a fancy dress party!

You will need:
  • Cardboard box card
  • Old t-shirt
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Newspaper
  • PVA glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Cling film
  • Ribbon
  • Cereal box card
  • Paint
  • Balloon
  • Bowl or mug
Neil's wearing a great costume for a fancy dress party!

If you want to make one, you'll need to look in comics or books first to get inspiration for a design. Then once you have one...
...start by drawing around an old t-shirt onto some cardboard box card.
Use this shape as a size guide for drawing the body plate.

Taper in the sides into a shallow V-shape at the bottom.
Cut the shape out...
...then pad it out using lots of newspaper.

Use plenty of sticky tape to secure the newspaper to the cardboard box card.
Next, make two pillows of newspaper and tape these to the body plate for muscular pecs!
Fold up six rectangular pieces of newspaper and tape these to the body plate as well, for a six pack!
When everything's taped in place, cover the whole thing with lengths of cling film.

Take time to push the film into all the ridges and creases.
Next, mix up some PVA glue with water and use the mixture to paste on a layer of torn up newspaper.
Do three or four layers on top of the cling film, and when it's dried, carefully prise the body plate off the mould, and you'll have something that looks like this.
Carefully tidy up the edges with a pair of scissors, and then you can paint!
This one has emphasised muscles in a different colour!
Next, attach four lengths of ribbon to the body plate so that it will stay on you!

Tape two loops to the shoulders...
...and tape another length half way up the body plate, to go around your waist.

Do the same on the other side - and use plenty of tape for this.
The idea is to slip your arms through the loops, and tie the bottom length around your body.
If you brush a layer of PVA glue onto the body plate and let it dry, it'll go shiny!
Next, the helmet!

Blow up a balloon that's bigger than your head, and stand it in a mug or bowl to keep it steady.
About a third of the way down the balloon, use a marker to draw a line that's about the same size as the width of your face.

For accuracy, why not measure the width of your face with a ruler?
Draw a curved line down from either side...
...and join the lines up at the back as a guide for the shape of the helmet.
Now use PVA glue mixed with water to paste three of four layers of torn newspaper pieces onto the balloon - but only go up to the lines you drew!
When the newspaper has dried, pop the balloon...
...and then carefully tidy up the edges with a pair of scissors.
To make a visor, take a piece of cereal box card that's long enough to bend around the front of the helmet.
Draw an upside down triangle that stretches the whole length of the card...
...then draw a line down the centre...
...and then about 1cm from the centre, draw eye holes.
Cut the whole thing out.
Attach the visor to the front of the helmet, using sticky tape.
For a crest, cut out a long strip of cardboard box card that's about 2cm wide, and bend it over middle of the helmet, taping in position as you go.
Do the same again twice more, to give the crest some height.
When everything's taped in place, paste on a couple more layers of torn newspaper and let them dry.
Then paint the helmet to match the body plate - and that's it!
Here's another idea...
...and another...
...and another!

Try it yourself!

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