Don’t throw away your cardboard boxes just yet. Warren King shared this amazing process on Flickr of fashioning a full suit of cardboard armor for his 6-year-old son.
With creativity and ingenuity, King created each body part out of smaller cardboard cutout pieces creating arms, legs, a breastplate, and a helmet. His 15th-century inspiration required several smaller cutouts to allow more flexibility while in the suit.
Aside from cardboard, King also used basic supplies like hot glue, paint, elastic bands, and Velcro.
The final step for the armor was to paint it black and silver to give it a cool metallic look. The armor was completed with a sword and shield for King’s son to jump into battle.
To begin creating the cardboard costume, artist Warren King cut shapes from the corrugated material.
Smaller pieces of cardboard helped adhere two pieces together
Once King started his build, the knight’s costume really started to take shape
The final results look great as kraft brown…
…but King added some slick black and gray paint for a metallic effect