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Award-Winning Robot Costume

Contest Photo by: ere421
Knoxville, TN

Description

Realistic, high-tech looking robot with 3-dimentional lights for under $30.00!

Materials

2 cardboard boxes (Head / Body)
2 Simply Orange juice bottle lids (Ears)
Little round lights found in the automotive dept. (Eyes)
Potato masher (Nose)
Clips for hair rollers, inside is a glow stick (Mouth)
Colored plastic from a toy box we had, battery-operated Christmas lights (Light panel)
Magnetix magnets (Buttons / Controls)
Center of a $1 princess wand found at Wal-Mart (Blinking Controls)
Dryer Vent Ducting (Arms / Legs)
Old tennis shoes covered with duct tape
Silver shorts
Grey mittens
Silver spray paint

Instructions

  • Cut off the bottom of the body box and holes for the head and arms. Use the dryer vent ducting to measure the arm holes. Design and cut front section for light panel.

  • Spray paint the boxes silver. Two or three coats will be needed.

  • Cut undersized slits and wedge the pieces in to fit snugly.
    Line up the potato masher (nose) to where the child's eyes fall so they will be able to see through the grate.

  • To make the light panel, first glue the colored plastic sheet to the inside of the box.
    Create a 3D shadow box using a shoe box lid. Poke the Christmas lights in a random pattern through the lid and then duct tape the lid and the lights to the inside of the box making sure that the power switch is accessible.

  • Attach the head to the body using velcro strips on the underside of the head box flaps.

  • Use duct tape liberally to cover the shoes and other exposed parts and to attach the dryer vent ducting to the legs of the shorts.

  • Tips for Taking a Great Photo:
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