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By Folding Cardboard In Clever Ways, This Artist Will Make You Feel Like A Kid

APRIL 7, 2015  —  By Laura Caseley  
Laura Caseley

Laura Caseley

Laura Caseley is a New York-based writer, artist, and illustrator. When she's not writing and researching for ViralNova, you can find her working on an art project or enjoying a good cup of tea.

Let's be real: dinosaurs are awesome. Nothing manages to singularly capture the attention of children everywhere like the ancient beasts that once roamed the lands. Even adults find dinosaurs to be fascinating.

But does the absurd dream of becoming a dinosaur die when one turns into a more reasonable adult? It doesn't have to anymore. Thanks to the creativity of engineer Lisa Glover, you can finally achieve your childhood dream of being the fiercest dino to ever rule the Cretaceous Period.

Behold the fearsome pterodactyl!

Okay, maybe the googly eyes make it a little less fearsome.

Still, that's an impressive wingspan.

This pterodactyl costume is constructed entirely of corrugated cardboard and fastened together with hot glue and rivets. The rivets allow for the wings to extend and retract. When fully extended, the wings are each seven feet in length, and they fold down to four feet.

The pieces of the costume.

The rivets slide along channels cut into the cardboard, allowing the wings to expand and retract.


The idea for these foldable cardboard costumes stemmed from one of Glover's homework assignments. That assignment led her to construct a full-size velociraptor costume from cardboard. She wore it to parties and around town, finding that, naturally, it delighted kids and adults alike. Glover was inspired to create cardboard dinosaurs for everyone, but scaled them down for convenience.

Glover's velociraptor costume that started the whole thing.

Perfect for dino fights!

Smaller pterodactyl projects that Glover creates for purchase.

(via Designboom)

There are a number of cardboard project kits available for purchase on Glover's website, along with smaller cardboard dino figures. There's also a Kickstarter for her products with only a few days left to go. If you ever thought about realizing your dream and becoming a dinosaur, Glover's costumes are certainly worth checking out.

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