1. Best father ever creates unbelievable cardboard armor for his son
Warren King is a full-time father and artist with a pretty unconventional product: cardboard sculptures.
"I started by making different helmets and toys for my kids, just for fun… mostly Star Wars stuff, Lord of the Rings, and superhero costumes," the artist said. "All with cardboard, because it was free!"
"Then one day my oldest kid challenged me to make something 'more realistic.' It all started from there."
Now, King is going viral for this unbelievable medieval-style cardboard armor he built for his son.
"Up to that point, I had made all sorts of medieval stuff — helmets, swords, axes, shoulder armor. The kids loved all that stuff. But I had never attempted a full suit of armor, one that a kid could actually run around and play in," he continued.
"When Halloween came around one year, I thought I’d take up the challenge," he said.
We have to say, the artist definitely rose to the occasion.
"It wasn’t easy… It had to look right of course, but I also had to use some of my engineering background to make it strong and mobile enough," he continued.
When asked how his son reacted to the costume, the father said: "You can probably imagine what it’s like for a 6-year-old to put on a full suit of armor and be given a sword and shield."
"It’s pretty gratifying to be able to offer that to a kid."
"Lately, I’ve been spending most of my time making grown-up stuff, like my series of figurative sculptures," the artist revealed of his work. "Every so often, though, I go back to making a mask or helmet, and I rarely turn down a request from a kid for a cardboard sword."
"The next suit of armor will be for me," he joked.
2. Just Let This Little Girl's Wonder Woman Invisible Jet Costume Win Every Contest
Marty Pants, a Chicago-based balloonist who goes by the name “Smarty Pants,” recently shared an epic photo of his 5-year-old daughter, Penny, dressed up as Wonder Woman for a comic convention. But this tiny Amazon has something special: An entire invisible jet! Pants told io9 that Penny is a huge fan of DC Superhero Girls and jumped at the chance to cosplay for Milwaukee Comic Con earlier this month.
“She wanted to dress up as Wonder Woman and I said off-hand, ‘Why don’t I make you an invisible jet out of balloons?’ not realizing that with a 5-year-old, nothing is an off-hand joke,” Pants said. “So of course I had to make it.”
Pants said it took about three hours to make the jet, which Penny wore proudly during the entire convention. In fact, he said she was so excited about it, she wouldn’t let any other kids try it on because she was worried they would rip it. Penny entered a kids’ costume contest and was apparently the crowd favorite, although no prizes were awarded.
Pants, a comic book fan himself, added that he’s super proud his daughter is getting into the stories he loved growing up. She often asks him about the lore and history behind some of her favorite heroes, and is building her own collection of costumes to cosplay with at future events. I’m sure they’ll definitely include balloons.
3. This Dad Turned His Toddlers' Kiddie Cars Into Something Straight Out Of "Mad Max: Fury Road"
Well, Mad Max superfan Ian Pfaff, of Glendale, California, was inspired to make Mad Max mobiles for his kids, Junior, 2, and Benji, five months.
Ian — who is a director by day and makes props in his spare time — started with classic Little Tykes Cozy Coupes...
Then added everything from old computer parts to pieces from an expresso machine.
4. The amazing dad who built a replica of the American Ninja Warrior course for his five-year-old daughter
The obstacles certainly aren't an easy task for a young girl, but have been given adorable names by the duo, including the “Hanging Steps at Christmas Tree Corner” and “The Log Thingies.”
The family is encouraging donations to their own GoFundMe page to make the assault course bigger and better than ever.
5. Dad creates awesome mech Halloween costume where his baby is the pilot
The MechDaddy is now fully operational and piloted by none other than Ryan's son Geraint. Inspired by Sunder mech from the MechWarrior game series, this costume is a fine piece of work and without question puts Bowen in the running for "coolest dad" of the year.
As detailed in this image gallery on imgur by Bowen's wife, Ryan crafted the MechDaddy from cardboard boxes that originally included baby supplies for the couple.
"Ryan sketched out the rough designs probably two months before Geraint was born," Ryan's wife says in the post. "With so much baby stuff coming in the mail, we had plenty of boxes for him to work with, so he just had to buy a few things to make it."
He built the frame out of PVC and wrapped the cardboard shell around it, fastening it with zipties and adding foam pieces to give the suit a 3D effect. His arms go into the gun pods and Geraint rides in a baby harness in the front, giving the appearance that Geraint is in control of the suit. Ryan can barely be seen under the cardboard mech.
It's truly an awesome piece of work, made even more awesome by the fact that it would have been very easy for Bowen to make a mech costume without involving his six-month-old son. Nobody will ever be able to deny this kid candy on Halloween, and for Ryan's inspirational effort, his work will forever go down in "awesome dad" history.
6. Dad’s Enchanting Costumes Are A Disney Dream Come True
Nephi Garcia, a dad of three, specializes in enchanting costumes based on beloved Disney characters. The fashion designer used to work in high-end fashion, but now devotes his time to designing and selling costumes for his business, Designer Daddy Shop. The idea for the costume shop started when Garcia made his daughter a Fairy Godmother costume, which she wore to Disneyland. When the costume made its big debut, fellow Disney fans at the park couldn’t get enough.
“Everybody was complimenting her and everybody was asking, ‘Oh my god, does she have an Instagram account?’” Garcia told The Huffington Post.
Garcia created an Instagram account under the name “Designer Daddy” to share photos of his costumes, and the next day he had 10 orders. Now, he’s booked with orders for more than a year. According to the shop’s site, made-to-order costumes for kids and adults can range from $500 to $1,800 for more elaborate designs. He told HuffPost he gets most of the material he uses for the costumes from Europe.
Disney lovers looking to order a costume can get inspiration from the ensembles Garcia makes for his kids, who have dressed up as princesses, villains and sidekicks. His 6-year-old daughter Lili especially loves the “transformation dresses” her dad makes, like the one that changes from Belle’s classic “Beauty and the Beast” blue and white dress to her yellow ball gown.
Garcia has apparently set the bar high for his daughter.
“Now that I made her that Belle transformation dress, she’s challenged me to make different dresses,” he said with a laugh.
Lili’s ideas? A frog costume that transforms into Tiana’s ball gown from “The Princess and the Frog” and a Nemo costume that turns into Dory from “Finding Nemo.”
Before he gets to those, Garcia is working on two Lady Tremaine costumes based on the live-action movie “Cinderella” that came out in 2015. After a year and a half of making costumes for the Designer Daddy Shop, the father offered some advice to fellow designers in true Disney fashion.
“I just want to tell fellow cosplayers and costume designers, any dream that they have keep following it,” he said.
7. Utah Father Creates the Most Epic Photo Shoot Ever as Valentine’s Day Surprise for His Daughter
So this year, for a Valentine’s Day surprise, he went a bit more traditional and cast her as Belle from Beauty and the Beast, his daughter’s current obsession.
“Whenever something special comes up I do something fun for her,” Josh, 32, tells PEOPLE. “The new Beauty and the Beast movie is coming out and she’s obsessed with Belle from the movie. She loves when the Beast comes out, when they fall in love. So I was like, ‘Okay. That could be fun.’ ”
And he just happened to be traveling in Europe earlier this year for so he was able to photograph real castles for the background, including the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castle in Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
“I took some background shots of the castle, some surroundings,” he says. “We had somebody donate three of the replica dresses that they created, for a kids’ version. Then I got home and did a photo shoot of her. So it’s this magical, Disney-type series for Valentine’s Day.”
Nellee was especially thrilled when she saw the dresses, he says. (They were donated by designer Ella Dynae.)
“She was over-the-top excited about the dresses,” he says. “While we were in studio shooting her she wanted to reenact certain parts from the movie. She had seen it so many times that she had the dancing scene memorized. She got the most excited for that part because finally she could act out that [dancing] scene with the Beast (me).”
She loved that scene so much he decided to give an enlarged portrait version of it to her as a special gift, which he gave to her on Valentine’s Day morning.
“I wanted to give that to her because it represented my love for her and how special she is to me,” he says.
The surprise gift was a huge success, he says.
“She is little so she just jumped up and down and couldn’t believe it,” he says. “Then she started singing, ‘Tale as old as time,’ went and put on her Belle dress and now she is in a different world.”
Moments like those make all the time and effort he puts into the shoots worth it, he says.
“I want her to have something that represents the relationship she and I have,” he says. “A normal photo doesn’t do it for me. I’m constantly taking photos and videos to try and hold on to each moment spent with her.”
The Beauty and the Beast series is a follow-up to his eight-photo Halloween series casting her as Wonder Woman, which had more than 35 million views.
8. Father Forged Replica Of Thor's Hammer For His Four-Year-Old Son
But if you're a crafty father you'll probably just see their superheroic dreams as a challenge to make your kid something amazing.
Redditor Crux1836's son wanted only one thing for his fourth birthday- "a Thor hammer, a REAL Thor hammer!", so daddy went to work with fire and steel and forged a rough but battle ready Mjölnir for his son.
Now son of Crux1836 is probably the only kid in his town with a steel Mjölnir replica (and hopefully he's not a destructive child), but how's the kid supposed to grow up to be Thor if he's never handled a real hammer?