become a dinosaur with lisa glover's cardboard pterodactyls
become a dinosaur with lisa glover's cardboard pterodactyls become a dinosaur with lisa glover's cardboard pterodactyls
apr 05, 2015

become a dinosaur with lisa glover's cardboard pterodactyls

become a dinosaur with lisa glover’s cardboard pterodactyls
all images courtesy of lisa glover




the cardboard pterodactyl is a creation of american engineer lisa glover. what started as a homework assignment, quickly became a time machine to the cretaceous period. glover originally created a walking, wearable velociraptor and has now progressed to something a bit more challenging.

showing flexibility of the wings




wings are constructed using e-flute corrugated cardboard, hot glue, and box rivets. fully extended, each wing is 7ft long, and folds down to approximately 4ft. box rivets give the structure flexibility, giving it a fluidity and noise similar to what you might hear were an actual pterodactyl flying above. however, eight inch googly eyes might give up the scare factor. all design was done in rhino, and cut via laser cutter at glover’s local makerspace.


how do you get your hands on one of these? check out her ongoing kickstarter here.

full height of wings

costume pieces

closeup of wing joints

creator of pterodactyl wings lisa glover



video courtesy of kitrex


lisa glover’s first cardboard creation, the velociraptor

she has also created miniature pterodactyls

smaller pterodactyls come in a variety of colors



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