Another cardboard activity along the side of the Large scale & Small scale stop motion animations in the event of Infinite Versatility of Cardboard was Making Cardboard Costumes. This time, we set up our favorite “Tinkering photo frame” for people to capture their cardboard costumes, and to take this photo booth experience online, we also set up a hashtag #cardboardtinkering and used a social media wall "Walls.io" so that we could collect all the pictures with the hashtag and display them as a live-updating photo album on the large monitor during the event.
This photo booth and live-updating photo wall was a great addition to the costume activity. I thought it was great to have a designated spot for people to take photos after all the hard work(!) of creating costumes, and also to see the photos instantly on the big monitor felt like a treat.
For the activity itself, we prepared a wide range of examples from a very simple hat to an elaborate outfit and displayed them throughout the space. To feed the appetite for people’s creativity, showing the wide range of the cardboard costume examples, from a low threshold to a high ceiling, was really important. The visual board to show a starting point of how to make a simple head piece and shoulder piece worked as a good introduction and helped people to get started. We also had a board showing some decoration techniques.
Not sure how much those examples and the visual boards helped, but overall we were surprised at the level of creativity of people who made a variety of headpieces with intricate decoration, a cardboard backpack, a handbag, shoes with wings, a lion mask, a Hawaiian hula girl skirt, etc… People came up with their own designs, and there was plenty of surprise, joy, and pride! A lot of people walked out wearing their newly made costumes. I really enjoyed seeing the variety of outcomes.
Overall we had a great day making costumes. The photo booth and the social media wall was such a fun addition that we'd like to try more with different activities in the future.