Duped on Dahl day

Sneaky, manipulative, fibbing, embellishers of the truth and habitual abusers of your kind nature - don't you just love your kids.

We all know what Roald Dahl Day means, it starts with the announcement that any parent dreads at dinnertime. 'I need a costume for tomorrow!'

Remember, trust your instincts not your child's demands. Then the over-night performance to craft a perfect Red Knight, (a lesser known Dahl character), involving complicated measuring, a dash to the late store to collect additional cardboard, skilful body-moulding origami, a dense two coat covering of red paint and the heating on all night to be sure the masterpiece was dry by breakfast, isn't in vain.

The suit of shiny red armour is assembled around your excited son, while you contemplate which Dahl story he actually appeared in. Smugly you park up outside school and your little soldier leaps out of the car. You watch him run towards his friends shouting, 'Hey, I'm the Red Power Ranger, who are you!' Clunk! Set the date, be prepared for Roald Dahl Day this 13th September!

Here's how to make one for yourself

1. You will need - Corrugated cardboard boxes, scissors or craft knife, glue, tape, string

2. Flatten the boxes


Follow the below steps to create all the other panels. Then add your own unique design features, check the photo for the little details.

Good luck! And remember that we'd love to see the results whether it's a Red Knight or a Power Ranger.

For the Body

3. Select one of the panels from the boxes, with top and bottom flaps attached.

4. Cut a round shape for the neck hole

5. Cut out a curved-bottomed wedge along the horizontal folds. Score vertical lines from top to bottom 30-50mm apart. This will help shape and contour the panel for a comfy fit.

6. Add ties to fix

For the Arms & Legs

7. Prepare a series of rectangular panels with a rounded bottom. Score as before.

8. Sculpt, overlap, glue and tape as required

9. Add ties

For the Helmet

10. Make a template similar to the one shown, this when folded together and tapes and glued will create a shape similar to a cycle helmet. If you have one you can use as a guide

11. Cut a slot into a slim rectangular panel, score fold. This will for the visor. Repeat with another shape, no slot needed, to make the chin section

12. Assemble to create the helmet

13. When joining panels you can reinforce by gluing small struts across the joins.