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5 Brilliant DIY Costumes Made From Boxes

by Jessica Rotondi
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DIY-ers, rejoice! Halloween is here and with it, a chance to get seriously crafty with creative costume ideas. We rounded up five of our favorite DIY Halloween costumes that are easy to make at home from your Boxed box. Read on and get ready to be inspired.

1. DIY Paper Doll Costume

In a digital world, sometimes it’s nice to throw it back to the good old days. Remember playing with paper dolls or animals as a kid? Now you can dress up like a plaything of yesteryear with this brilliant paper doll costume idea from Hurried Hostess.

Photo: Hurried Hostess 


What you’ll need:


Directions:

  1. Have a friend lightly trace your torso in pencil onto the plain side of the cardboard (or any side of the foam board).
  2. Now it’s time to get creative! Freehand draw your dream outfit around the torso in pencil. Will you be an astronaut, a robot, a movie star?
  3. Next, paint inside the lines to brighten up your life-sized, wearable drawing.
  4. While the paint dries, cut out small rectangles out of the cardboard or foam board scraps — these will be the paper doll ‘tabs’ shown above. Use the Sharpie to draw dotted lines around their edges and glue the tabs onto the back of your main costume.
  5. Once the paint is fully dry, reinforce any lines of your outfit with the Sharpie to make them stand out like the pleats in the example above.
  6. Lastly, poke two small holes on either side of the neck of your costume and thread the string through it. Make sure it’s long enough to fit your head through! Secure the string to the costume with knots and there you have it; a wearable DIY paper doll costume that you’ll be getting compliments on all night.

2. Smartphone Creativity Kit

You don’t have to wait in line for this smartphone. Here’s how to make your very own DIY smartphone costume at home.

What you’ll need:

  1. scissors or a box cutter
  2. tape
  3. glue
  4. markers
  5. stickers
  6. 1 plastic cup with lid
  7. Optional: LED light with battery

Directions (Note: Items with an asterisk are for adults only — kids, let parents do this part!):

  1. Reseal your open Boxed box with tape.
  2. Stand the sealed-up box lengthwise and carefully cut away the entire bottom of the box to allow for leg movement.*
  3. On the opposite end, cut a hole large enough to fit a person’s head.*
  4. On each side, cut a rectangular hole, allowing for arm mobility.*
  5. Cut a hole near the top left or right corner for the LED light. Glue around the top surface of the LED light and set the light in place from inside the box with the LED light pointing out. Allow glue to dry.*
  6. Cut away the lid of the plastic cup. Glue around the lip of the open cup, then press down and cover the LED light. Glue the lid near the LED cover for a smartphone sensor.*
  7. Time to create your favorite apps! Use markers to draw your favorite app icons or create new ones. Stick your "apps" on the front of the Boxed smartphone in rows.
  8. Use the stickers, markers, and glitter pens to bring your Boxed smartphone to life.

Don’t’ forget to share your #BoxedBox creation on social tagging @BoxedWholesale! We’ll share our favorites.


3. LEGO BLOCKS

Everybody loves Lego. Bonus: these Lego Halloween costumes couldn’t be easier to make!

Photo: Costume-Works.com


What you’ll need:


Directions (Note: Items with an asterisk are for adults only — kids, let parents do this part!)

  1. Reseal your open Boxed box with tape
  2. Cut holes in your Boxed box for arms.*
  3. Cut one on top that would allow the wearer’s head to comfortably fit through.*
  4. Cut the entire bottom portion so the costume can be easily put on and taken off.*
  5. Glue the red cups to the front.
  6. Paint the box with any color you like. Bright primary colors really pop!

4. DIY Robot

Made from two cardboard boxes painted with metallic spray paint, the creator of this adorable robot costume found inspiration for the details at the local hardware store. The result: amazing.

Photo: Makezine.com

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Boxed boxes or any box — one large, one small
  • chrome spray paint
  • 2 dryer duct pieces
  • faucet handles
  • cycling reflectors for buttons
  • glue

Directions (Note: Items with an asterisk are for adults only — kids, let parents do this part!):

  1. Reseal your open Boxed box with tape.
  2. Stand the sealed-up box lengthwise and carefully cut away the entire bottom of the box to allow for leg movement.*
  3. On the opposite end, cut a hole large enough to fit a person’s head.*
  4. On each side, cut a rectangular hole, allowing for arm mobility.*
  5. Spray paint the box and let dry.
  6. Glue on additions like faucet handle ears and cycling reflector buttons.
  7. Enjoy!

5. Box of Puppies

We love when you send in photos of your pups in Boxed boxes… so why not become one for Halloween? We’re obsessed with this box of puppies costume idea from AllTogetherChanin.

Photo: AllTogetherChanin

What you’ll need:

  • Boxed box
  • scissors or a box cutter
  • stuffed animal dogs
  • safety pins
  • string

Directions (Note: Items with an asterisk are for adults only — kids, let parents do this part!):

  1. Using the scissors or a box cutter, remove top and bottom of Box for heads and legs to poke through.*
  2. Poke two holes in front of Box, about an inch from outside corner.
  3. Thread string through two holes and secure. Make sure length of string wraps comfortably around shoulders of your trick-or-treater so Boxed falls around the waise.
  4. Secure stuffed dogs to edge of box with safety pins.

Need more inspiration? Check out Boxed staffers showing off their DIY creations below. Don’t forget to snap a photo of yours and share it @BoxedWholesale with the hashtag #BoxedBox.

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