Cardboard Wearables

April 28, 2020

What to do with a pile of cardboard? You could recycle it, or be creative and upcycle!

Adam Jenkins introduces the art and design of creating runway-ready cardboard wearables from upcycled materials. 

Materials | Supplies

  • cardboard or corrugate
  • scissors, box cutter
  • pencil, paper
  • glue stick, blue tape, hot glue
  • markers, paint, stickers, buttons, googly eyes, etc.

Concepts Explored

  • design thinking
  • 2D and 3D shapes
  • creativity
  • materials
  • measurement
  • sculpture

Discovery Starters

Can you make an entire outfit out of cardboard? 

How can your make your cardboard wearable comfortable? 

What challenges did you discover working with cardboard?

Why does cardboard fold better one way than another? 

What adhesives worked best? 

Explore Further

Designers often use cardboard and other inexpensive materials when prototyping new designs because they can be recycled. How did using cardboard help you create your fashion?

Can you make fashion items out of other household items?


Additional Resources

Amazeum YOU Plarn

Amazeum YOU Fused Plastic

Amazeum YOU Plushie Pillows

Amazeum YOU Cardboard Wearables Activity Guide