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The Cardboard Warrior Costume

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The Cardboard Warrior Costume

The day I finished the armor. The armor is so 'clean', no signatures yet!

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Photo #1 - The day I finished the armor. The armor is so 'clean', no signatures yet! Photo #2 - the first time I let people sign me. Few where willing to sign my feet! Photo #3 - I met another person in a cardboard costume! Photo #4 - At another event! Ive had people age 3 to 81 sign the armor Photo #5 - A fan of mine took this picture.
Costume type:  Costumes for Adults
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for adults entered our 2015 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Alexis, the 'The Cardboard Warrior' costume creator:

Hi my name is Alexis, I am 17 years old. I've loved making costumes since I was a little girl but I've never done something quite like this.

The Cardboard Warrior isn't just a normal costume, it has a meaning behind it. The armor is a physical metaphor for someone with depression, they may look strong but in all truth their armor is only paper thin. I wear it to many events with a sign that says "Beat Depression, sign my armor to show your support, together we can make the world a happier place." Ive collected over 500 signatures and sayings that now cover my armor.

Not only do intend to wear this to Halloween this year but I plan to keep attending events and collecting signatures in my crusade of depression awareness.

As for the construction I made it completely freehand, I used no internet references or patterns, I saw the idea in my head and made it. Its made of cardboard and hotglue! That's it! But it is hard to believe something so simple can be so meaningful. Though my favorite part of it is getting to watch peoples reactions to me as I stand stone still waiting for people to sign, some are amazed, a lot smile, few are scared, and Ive even encountered people that where so moved by its meaning that the began to cry. I've been asked why this, why make a costume and do what I do, and well i do it because I love it, its my undying passion to create and inspire.

If you want to look into the armor further please check out my Facebook page. you can see pictures of events i attend and even POV video of me wearing the armor at an event.

https://www.facebook.com/TheCardboardWarrior

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