Clone Trooper Papercraft Costumes

Written by matthew caines
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Clone troopers are the fictional military unit created by George Lucas for his film series "Star Wars." Dressing up as one is a great idea for any costume party or Star Wars-themed party. Making a papercraft costume out of cardboard or modelling paper is the most cost-effective way of doing so because tailor-made costumes can often cost in excess of £65.

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Full-body Costume

The best papercraft material to use for any full-bodied costume is cardboard because not only is it cheap and easy to find but it can also allow the flexibility and mobility needed for a costume such as this. A basic clone trooper cardboard outfit consists of a sectioned suit of armour divided at the shoulders, elbows, knees and torso to provide flexibility. The armour looks very similar to that of a Japanese Samurai warrior, with each section overlapping the next to provide full-body cover. You could add cut-out paper to certain areas for logos and letters. A cardboard backpack is also an option; this is just a cube-shaped box of card with straps attached to go over the shoulders. Paint the whole outfit in the trooper's traditional colour (white) with extra outlines of paint (usually black) added to the edges of the armour sections to help define them. See the References section for a few example images of cardboard clone trooper uniforms.

Cut-out Mask

For the simplest and most straightforward costume you could try making a cut-out mask that simply wraps around your head with a rubber band or piece of string. Although not as visually impressive as a full-bodied costume a papercraft mask will still look authentic enough if combined with a white pair of trousers and a T-shirt. Make your own papercraft mask by printing off a front-facing image of a clone trooper helmet onto A4-sized paper. Reinforce the paper with cardboard or card stock if you prefer and punch some holes into each side of the mask. Simply loop string or an elastic band through the holes and tie tightly to your head. This is by far the cheapest option available for a papercraft costume.

Extra Details

Whether you have a full papercraft costume or just a mask you can still add other details to the outfit by attaching them onto the cardboard or your clothes. Electronic devices are often attached to the wrists of clone troopers and you can recreate this technological detail by fastening a TV remote to your outfit. If attached securely enough you could also use a handheld gaming device like a Sony PSP. Another nice detail is to attach a microphone headset beneath your mask or helmet and connect it to portable speakers stored in your cardboard backpack -- this will give the effect of a loud and automated robot voice like the troopers have in the films.

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