Flamboyant (Astronaut) Fish Halloween Costume

My kid wanted to be a fish for halloween but didn’t know how to make it, so we decided it was a GF opportunity. I took some methods I’ve been working on to translate SketchUp models into paper craft and had pretty good results – at the very least it was fun to take her through a project from idea to execution and she got a kick running around in the costume. It’s hanging in her room now as a decoration, so that feels good.

Process basics:
Modeled the body in SketchUp
Flattened, exported and traced a pattern in Illustrator
Separated into eight pieces that fit my GF Basic
Cut them out of 130lb watercolor paper
Assembled, glued + reinforced
Painted the whole thing
Added eyes and scales made from wrapping paper (also cut on GF)
Ziptied a helmet inside

And then because we’re in Chicago and it SNOWED on Halloween my kid wore her NASA jumpsuit to stay warm so technically she was a “Fishtronaut”. Her sister was warm enough dressed as a goat.

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Very cute and original costumes! :grinning:

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Fantastic! LOVE it when kids & their parents still have loads of imagination to do something original & unique and not just buy something… Hooray!

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Totally awesome.

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Just Wow!

Does Sketch-up have that ability? Or Illustrator? I have had limited success with Blender, and Freeship, but wondering what other programs have that ability.

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There’s a SketchUp plugin called Flattery that’s designed to unwrap a faceted 3D model into a flat pattern. It works maybe 50% of the time. Sometimes it just mashes all the individual faces into one pile. But the pile is coplanar and you can use it as an underlay to trace and build a pattern in Illustrator. For a free toolkit it’s been decently worthwhile.

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Great job on this, you have a lot of creative talent that is being pass on to your girls.

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Love it! It’s great that you can use it as decoration after the costume use!

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I love it, great job!:heart_eyes:

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Fantastic costumes! The fish is great! Very colorful.

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Outstanding! and I particularly love the fish/nasa combo :slight_smile:

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Halloween pepakura! Perfect!

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Excellent work!

YESSSSS, I’ve been looking for a good way to make papercraft designs from 3D models! Ty for sharing!!

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