The above was sent to me by Bob. He says that he "winged it" with these Costumes and I just have to say that I think he winged it WELL! (I'm sure his kids Joshua and Zachary thought so too :-) He was able to give me some brief "how tos" (about the Caterpillar) that I will share with you and the rest is pretty much like Bob says..."Wing-it". I'm hoping that with the help of the pictures you will be able to piece things together rather well.
Basically, the vehicles are made of Cardboard, Duct Tape (my personal favorite..isn't it everyones? :-), and Spray Paint. The HeadLights are a battery Pack from Radio Shack AA and Switch to Low Voltage Lights. He used Spray Paint Caps for the Headlight Holders. Mostly it seems to be a matter of cutting your cardboard and fitting it together to make the form.
Here is a closer picture of the Caterpillar (and a proud young man beside it :-)
SO! Get out your crafting equipment... and be sure not to have on your best suit of clothes as you may get a bit of "crafting" upon your SELF. It seems like there will require lots of Cardboard Cutting so be sure to use SAFE CUTTING EQUIPMENT and ADULT SUPERVISION...please. Most of all I think you will have to use your very own crafting abilities and imagination to bend, cut, form, tape, and paint to just the shapes that look good to you.
View other Homemade Costumes made of Cardboard:
The making of one of these "Cardboard Sculpted" Costumes can be quite a task. I have not, as yet, seen a place to PURCHASE costumes of this type and if there were something like this out there to buy I am certain it would be quite costy.
Then there is the fact that some of these types of Costumes are "Vehicles" of some sort which the driver may wish to "park" and GET OUT OF at some point. You may wish to come up with your own, homemade "uniform" to go with the Vehicle to complete the Costume... which I am sure many Costume makers can do without much problem.
If you, however, find yourself short on time and/or energy (not surprising after all of the work with cardboard and tape Ü) You might just want to visit one of my favorite On Line Costume Stores and see what is available. In some cases the purchase of a Costume... or a "partial" costume, as would be the case here...may save you MUCH on time and wear and tear. As you may notice, the cost of Materials to make a costume... may be more than what you could/would pay for a costume already made. Just a thought. Ü