Rubik's Cube Costume

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  • square cardboard box: big enough to fit your body through
  • 9 pieces of red construction paper
  • 9 pieces of blue construction paper
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  • 9 pieces of yellow construction paper
  • 9 pieces of green construction paper
  • 9 pieces of white or orange construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • box cutter
  • black spray paint or poster board kids paints
  • yard stick or tape measure
  • pencil


Note: On all box costumes you will need to secure the box shut with tape (preferably from the inside, tape on the outside will interfere with the paint). Then cut the holes you need for your body parts to come through.

  1. Cut each of the pieces of construction paper into 8 1/2 inch squares or smaller depending on the size of your box (you will need to fit 9 squares on each side of your box with space on all sides in between each square).
  2. With the box cutter, cut a hole in the bottom of the box big enough to fit your body through.
  3. If you have black spray paint.
  4. Spray paint the whole box black, let dry.
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  6. Glue 9 squares evenly in 3 rows to each side of your box, excluding the bottom.
  7. Cut a hole in the top of the box big enough to fit your head through.
  8. Cut holes in the sides for arm holes.
  9. Making Squares

    This part is more difficult. If you have poster paint.

  10. Measure the length of your construction paper squares (a) and multiply by 3 (b).
  11. Measure the length of one side of your box(c).
  12. Subtract the size of your box (c) by the length of your 3 squares (b), which will equal (d).

    Note: If your box is not a perfect square subtract the size of the square by and width and then do it again by the height of the box.

  13. Divide (c) by 4 equaling (e). (e) is the amount of space you will have on the sides and in between each piece of construction paper.

  14. On the end of one side of the box, make a mark the length of (e) in from the edge. Ex.: If number (e) equaled 1 inch, you would make a mark one inch in from the edge of the box. Next, starting from the mark you just made make another mark on the box the size of the square piece of construction paper (a). Then, from that mark make another mark the length of (e). Continue until you have reached the edge. This should mean you have 3 spaces the length of (a) in between the length of (e).

    Note: When you make your marks on the edge make them go over the edge to the other side of the box. This will save you time and will help the lines match up at the corners.

  15. Flip the box and do the same as you did in step 5.
  16. Flip and repeat until all sides, except for the bottom, have the marks (e)(a)(e)(a)(e)(a)(e).
  17. With the yard stick connect the marks parallel to each other and make a line across to connect them. Do this to all the marks. This will leave you with a grid on all sides of you box except for the bottom.
  18. Paint all the spaces that have the width of (e) and leave all the spaces that are the size of your square sheets of construction paper (a) blank, let the paint dry.
  19. Once the paint is completely dry glue the construction paper squares into the spaces in between the black lines. You can glue one color on each side like a solved Rubik's Cube, all the colors in a row the same color but each row a different color, or all mixed up.
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  21. With a box cutter, cut a hole in the top for your head and holes on each side for your arms to stick out.


  • (a)= length of square sheets of construction paper
  • (b)= square sheet of construction paper multiplied by 3
  • (c)= length of square box
  • (d)= length of construction paper subtracted from the length of the box
  • (e)= size of space between square sheets of construction paper - (d) divided by 4

Now you have finished your Rubik's Cube costume. Slip through the hole in the bottom and put your head through the hole in the top and dazzle people as the world's all time favorite puzzle toy!

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