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DIY: How to Make an Iconic Chrysler Building Halloween Costume
Posted By Lori Zimmer On October 30, 2012 @ 1:28 pm In Architecture,Manhattan,Recycling and Composting | No Comments
New York City may have just been battered by one of the worst storms  in East Coast history, but the Big Apple continues to prove its resilience even in the face of disaster. This year celebrate the spirit of New York City and crown yourself with this DIY Chrysler Building  costume! If you’ve got foil, cardboard, felt, hot glue and a silver dress, you’re ready to rock the Art Deco  jewel of the city. Hurricane Sandy  may have given us a scare, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pay tribute to your favorite city on Halloween with this iconic costume.
-Large cardboard box
-Roll of foil
-Black felt or paint
-Pencil, scissors or blade
First, take a strip of cardboard and measure it around your head to make the lower crown of your hat. Cut it in an arc and hot glue firmly so the lower level crown rests sturdily on your head. Using a pencil, trace four arches for each level of the Chrysler tower, gradually making each of the (four) levels smaller by about one-third. Glue each to themselves to make squares. For the point, cut the cardboard into triangles, and glue into a point.
Take each of your pieces and cover with foil. Be sure to use the shiny side of the foil. Use glue sparingly to keep the foil in place.
Choose either black paint or felt, and cut enough triangles to make the windows on each level. Arrange them in an arc and glue (or paint). Wait until thoroughly dry.
Each level should fit snugly inside the next, use hot glue to secure into place. To attach the tower to the crown, you may need to add some cardboard braces to make the tower stand upright. Simply stack and glue sections of cardboard and glue them inside of the crown in the front, back and sides. Now place the tower inside and secure with glue.
Put on your silver dress (or suit!) and Chrysler Building hat, then hit the town and show it who’s boss!
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