Building confidence and heroes, one cardboard step at a time!
Crafteeo takes every kid's favorite toy (the cardboard box!), and turns it into an epic heroic costume! There are elaborate warrior helmet designs, swords and daggers, and shields to complete any adventurer's armory! They have options to buy an entire kit with perforated cardboard sheets, templates, LED light up kids, and instructions! Or you can buy the digital designs to print out and put on to your own cardboard to build your costumes with.
Incredibly, this company is a small, home based company out of San Diego. It's run by a dad who really loves building cardboard costumes with his son. Then he thought other kids might like to make these too, and started selling them from his home! Now they're taking off at Maker Faires and ComiCons! I'm so glad, because the stuff they make is really fantastic, and the attention they're getting is well deserved!
Crafteeo sent us a Northern Guardian Helmet kit so Katie could build her own part of an awesome warrior outfit. When we unboxed it, we found a ton of cardboard pieces, a nice illustrated backdrop, and a lovely thank you card!
Initially, I planned to work on this project with her. However, meeting the demands of a new baby presented our own set of challenges, and she decided to tackle the project herself. With four sheets of perforated cardboard to work through, and video instructions to follow along with, I was curious to see just how well my nine year old would fare on her own.
It turns out, she fared exceptionally well! I was able to help her with removing the pieces of cardboard from the big sheets we were sent. She was able to follow the instructions to bend, glue, and paint the pieces as she completed each phase of the build.
She even tackled the LEDs by herself! Proudly showing me how bright her lights were, she secured them to her helmet so she could finish the final pieces before painting it.
Overall, we LOVED this project. It is such a brilliant and fantastic way for kids to get involved in costume making! Whether it's for ComiCon, Rennaisance Fairs, plays, dress up, Halloween, or as an added bonus to learning world history, these are phenomenal ways for kids to get involved in their own costume making. There are so many learning opportunities to be had while putting these together!
These are so cool and I can't wait to see what's in store for Crafteeo. I will be following them closely as Katie not only fulfills her wishes to get the sword and armor for her costumes, but to see what else they come up with! Rumor has it, they'll be running a kickstarter campaign soon to showcase their new armor prototypes to complete their helmet, sword and shield sets!
Now for some more fun news! Crafteeo and I are teaming up to host a giveaway of not only their Northern Guardian helmet, but also the matching longsword and shield! Your kids will get to make their own complete set of Guardian attire, with the cardboard cutouts, designs, and LED kits included! How awesome is that?!
All you have to do is sign up for their mailing list, and leave a comment here once you're finished! The winner will be chosen by random on Friday, June 26th. Make sure you check back here on Friday evening to see if you've won!
Good luck! And as always...