Funko’s dancing baby Groot vinyl figure is probably the cutest toy release of the year, and that’s because dancing baby Groot was part of one of the most adorable scenes in a film this year. We’ve seen costumes of fully grown Groot, but this is the first baby Groot ensemble I’ve seen. It’s by instructables user darcy3529, and the design is based on the vinyl figure. The costume is made entirely from paper, duct tape, and glue. I wouldn’t wear it out in the rain, but those materials means the project is affordable.
Here’s how she made the head:
I cut a large piece of paper that was 3 ft by 8 ft and made the base tube for the head about 5 ft around. Inside the base tube are 3 rings (also about 5 ft around) that are cut from sturdy cardboard that were used as ribs to keep the size and shape of the tube . The rings were duct taped to the paper base tube. The rings are placed about a third of the way from the top and the bottom and at the center . The tube is formed with 2 layers of paper wrapped around the rib rings . I glued these paper layers together.
Then I added one more layer of paper . The final layer of paper has vertical wrinkles in the of paper for a bark-like appearance . For the wrinkles I took a piece of paper the size of the headpiece and made a roll (about the size of a roll of gift wrap ). Then I squeezed the roll as tightly as I could until the paper was thoroughly creased. After opening the creased roll I tried to flatten it back out making sure that the creases were fairly even .
With the final creased layer laying flat on the ground I drew out flame-like branches at the top of the head. The flames vary from 8 to 10 inches and about 3 inches wide . They can be sketched on in pencil on the wrong side of the paper until the look is right. Once the look was right I simply cut the flames out with scissors. Then the top layer was glued on to the tube.
Read more and see additional photos at Instructables.