How to Make Futuristic Movie Prop Armor

Written by jeffery keilholtz
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How to Make Futuristic Movie Prop Armor
Make armour creative. (ancient Greek armour image by Paul Moore from

Futuristic movies include creative costume designs to spark the imagination of the audience. You can create the effect of futuristic movie prop armour by getting creative yourself. Choose materials with interesting shapes and depth. Create the armour so that it boasts brilliant colours and reflects light. Building movie prop armour can be a fun experiment in the classroom or at home and enjoyed by children and adults alike.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Plastic foam
  • Foil
  • Spray paint
  • Markers
  • Hole punch
  • Glitter
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Glue
  • Crayons
  • Ribbon

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    Hold a piece of cardboard flush against the chest and midsection of the person for whom you are making the costume. Have a helper hold the cardboard if the costume is for you. Trace an outline of the chest and midsection. Repeat this process with a second piece of cardboard for the person's back. Cut the pieces along the outlines.

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    Wrap both pieces of cardboard in foil. The foil gives the cardboard a metallic and reflective look. Measure and break different pieces of plastic foam. Wrap plastic foam pieces in foil as well. Glue the pieces to the first cardboard piece. Get creative on how to use and place the plastic foam. For example, break off or cut six 1-by-3-inch pieces. Align and glue them onto the front piece of cardboard to resemble strong abdominal muscles. In lieu of foil, use spray paint, markers, glitter and/or crayons to add a vibrant look to the armour.

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    Punch a small hole in the upper corner of each piece of cardboard. Thread string or ribbon through the holes: one piece of string connecting the left side of each piece of cardboard and one piece of string connecting the right side. Allow 5 or 6 inches of slack. Pull your head up between both pieces of string and rest each piece of string comfortably on both your left and right shoulder. You are now wearing your futuristic armour. Have fun.

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