Duck Tape Cell Phone Costume
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Cardboard box, rectangular
- Duck brand duct tape, colors of choice
- Utility knife
- Cutting board
- Letter & number stickers, optional
- To prepare the box, cut off the top and bottom flaps. Then cut down one of the box seams and lay the box out, flat on work surface. Cut box in half, creating equally sized pieces for the front and back panels of the costume.
- Cover both sides of each panel with Duck brand duct tape. Lay the strips in the same direction, either horizontally or vertically.
- To make the screen for the cell phone, cut several equally sized strips of contrasting color duct tape and lay them on the front panel. Be sure to slightly overlap each strip.
- To make the buttons for the number pad, lay one long strip of duct tape sticky side down on the work surface/cutting board. Lay a second strip down, making sure it slightly overlaps the first strip. Cut the piece into squares, then cut three additional buttons to make the "Send," "End" and "Clr" buttons. Lay additional strips down as needed to make fifteen equally sized duct tape buttons.
- Adhere buttons to the front panel of cell phone costume, spacing them out evenly and centering them with the screen.
- Add numbers and letters to buttons by cutting them out of duct tape. Lay strips of Duck brand duct tape on the work surface and carefully cut out each character with a utility knife. It may be helpful to print letters and numbers on the computer as a pattern, lay them on top of the strips of duct tape and cut around the outline.
- Repeat Step 6 to add a message to the cell phone screen.
- Cut a small piece of cardboard and cover it with duct tape to create the cell phone antenna. Adhere it to the back panel with small strips of duct tape.
- For the shoulder straps and side straps to complete the costume, lay a strip of Duck brand duct tape measured to the desired length, sticky-side-up on the work surface. Place a second strip, sticky-side-down, on top. Trim off sticky edges and repeat to make four double-sided strips.
- Using small strips of Duck brand duct tape, adhere two of the double-sided strips to the inside of the front and back panels to serve as shoulder straps. Adjust shoulder strap lengths to prevent costume from dragging.
- Once inside the costume, tape the two remaining duct tape strips to the sides of the inside panels to keep the costume closed while walking.