How to make a wearable art design?

We were so inspired by Saint Kentigern College student Ada Chan and her award winning Wearable Arts design that we thought we would share some pointers on how she made the beautiful creation. We hope it inspires you to give it a go and make your own piece of wearable art.

Things you will need

Cardboard tubes (from toilet paper or paper towel rolls). Ada collected more than 500 tubes for her design, but for a much more simple design you can of course, use less.

You need

  • Paint and a paint brush – Ada used blue and green paint
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Iron wire
  • Fabric/piece of clothing


  1. Use the scissors to cut the cardboard tubes lengthways. Paint each of split tubes with the colours of your choice. Allow the tubes to dry.
  2. On the cardboard tubes, use a ruler to measure the width of the strips you would like to cut. These will all need to be even. Cut the painted tubes into strips. Secure three strips together with hot glue and iron wire in the centre of each.
  3. Shape each lot of three strips like Ada has done (above) and secure using hot glue and iron wire.
  4. Assemble the shaped pieces together using iron wire and put on top of the fabric/clothing of your choice.
  5. Feathers from Ada’s hat were also made using the cardboard tubes. Glue 2-3 whole cardboard tubes together (split lengthways) and fix iron wire at the middle. Glue glitter paper on both sides of the cardboard. Cut into the shape of a feather using the scissors.
  6. The final product - Ada in her wearable arts design.

    NOTE: Kids please ask your parents first, they may want to join in this fun activity with you.