Halloween Costumes You Can Make From A Cardboard Box
by Nicole Dean
Do you have a cardboard box that is large enough to fit around your child? If so, you can easily make a costume for your child for Halloween, saving a lot of money in the process.
Start by cutting a hole in the box for your child’s head. Or, if the box is smaller, then you’ll attach straps to the edges of the box when the costume is completed (like suspenders) and fit them over your child’s shoulders. Also, cut arm holes if you aren’t doing the suspender method. Then you’re ready to get started. All of these outfits fit perfectly over leggings and a long sleeve shirt (or jacket).
A Wrapped Gift
Wrap the entire box in gift wrap (whatever kind you like the best) and stick a bow on your child’s head. He or she can trick-or-treat as a wrapped gift. Use Christmas paper if you want to dress as a Christmas present.
Spray paint the box grey. After it dries, paint a white screen on the front of the monitor. Of course, you can have fun
decorating the screen with your favorite website, or print the screen from your favorite website and glue it onto the box for a more realistic look.
Box of Cereal
Does your child have a favorite cereal? Fruit Loops, Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs? Any box of cereal can be painted onto a cardboard box and turned into a costume.
Spray paint the box grey or silver. Then, after the paint dries, find a mish-mash of nuts and bolts and glue them to the box. You may also create attachments from aluminum foil, dryer vents, duct tape, or whatever you have lying around the house.
Invite your child to help with making his or her costume. Spending time creating these costumes together may end up being even more fun than trick-or-treating. Be sure to take lots of pictures.
About The Author: Would you like to quickly make creative Halloween costumes that you and your children will be proud of — for a fraction of the price of store-bought? Nicole Dean has co-authored ILoveHalloweenCostumes.com to show you how — no sewing involved.
More Cardboard Box Costume Ideas
by Jane Lake
Box of Popcorn
Remove the bottom of a large cardboard box then cut openings in the sides for your arms and a circle in the top for your head. Paint the box white and add red stripes with paint or strips of red paper. Make a Popcorn logo to glue on the front. Glue real popcorn on the top of the box, and onto a hat or headband to wear on your head.
Spray paint the box in black or white; add contrasting dots to make a dice. To make fuzzy dice, use spray adhesive to cover the box with fake fur; glue on white felt dots.
Glue small cottage cheese or sour cream containers to the front of a rectangular box and spray paint in a bright lego block color. Dress in sweat pants, shirt and hat in the same color.
Spray paint a rectangular cardboard box white. Add a handle. Voila! Instant coolness in a box.
Paint a cardboard box in mailbox colors. Cut a mail slot and glue on an envelope or two so that they stick part way of the slot.