How to Make a Cardboard Robot Costume

Updated November 21, 2016

Turn yourself into a robot any time of the year with a few craft supplies and leftover cardboard boxes. Make your cardboard robot costume as simple or as complicated as your time and talents will allow. With a little care, your robot costume should hold up for hours of entertainment and dress-up fun.

Locate a rectangular cardboard box that is large enough to fit over your shoulders and torso. Cut the bottom panels off this box and tape the top panels closed.

Cut a hole in the top panels of this box, large enough to fit your head through. Use your box cutter and make sure the hole is large enough for your head but not large enough that your shoulders slip through. Cut arm holes in the sides of this box as well.

Find another box that is large enough to cover your head and rest on your shoulders. Tape the top portion of this box closed and cut off the bottom panels.

Paint both boxes grey or silver all over. Wait for it to dry.

Cut shapes out of construction paper and craft foam. Glue these to the robot's body to make panels and buttons. Add real buttons for extra depth and effect, and paint a face on the smaller box.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Tape
  • Box cutter
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Craft foam
  • Buttons
  • Glue
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