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All Dressed Up: Skyline

A family of Manhattan skyscrapers rises to new heights. Madeline, 10, soars like the Woolworth Building in her cardboard headpiece. Climbing the Empire State Building is no trouble for King Kong (Megan, 18 months) with a boost from dad Patrick.


A four-sided rectangular frame is the starting point for both buildings.


  • Utility knife
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Acrylic
  • Black tape
  • Elastic


  1. Step 1


    Using a utility knife, cut a 24-by-83/4-inch piece of corrugated cardboard; score three times, evenly spaced about 6 inches apart. Fold into a box shape; secure with duct tape.

  2. Step 2


    Draw or trace shapes for building's front onto cardboard, and cut out. Use a hot-glue gun to attach roof and architectural features, as shown.

  3. Step 3


    Paint cardboard light and dark gray with acrylic paint. Add details with black tape and strips of newspaper (don't forget to add tape windows on the shirt as well). To wear, punch a hole on either side of the building, just above the ears. Tie a length of elastic through the holes, adjusting to fit.

Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2005