DIY Halloween Box Costumes

We’re back at it this Halloween sharing some new box costume ideas! Franchisee, Laurie Malseed, visited The Living Dayton Show and Fox45 in the Morning with her two children, 6 year old Lucas and 5 year old Ella. The costume ideas were an expansion on the classic cowboy costume and the infamous Disney Princess.

Visit our post from last year to see our DIY R2-D2 and Disney Princess Doll costumes!

DIY Disney Princess and horse box costumes on The Living Dayton Show

DIY Disney Princess and Horse box costumes on The Living Dayton Show

Princess Box Costume

Ella is dressed as the Disney Princess, Rapunzel, enhanced with the addition of her tower window that allows her to dangle her long golden locks down to Prince Charming! Supplies for this costume include:

  • Large Moving Box
  • Box Cutter
  • Nylon Strapping (found at any fabric or craft supply store)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Brown and White Paint
  • Disney Princess Costume
  • Cute Little Princess!

1. Begin by cutting the top flaps off of your assembled large box and setting them aside for later use 2. Turn your box upside down (closed end on top) and use a pencil and ruler to draw your window 3. Use box cutter to cut out the window shape 4. Have child slide box over their head and hold the box so that the top of their head is not touching the top of the box 5. With a pencil, mark where the child’s shoulders are in the box 6. Remove box from child. Cut two slits the width of your nylon strapping on the pencil marks 7. Cut two more slits the same size approximately 6 inches below your previous cuts 8. String strapping through first top and bottom slits to create a loop for the child to slide their arm through 9. String strapping through second top and bottom slits again creating a loop for the child to slide their other arm through (straps should mimic the straps on a backpack) 10. Now it is time to decorate your box. Add “bricks” by gluing rectangle pieces of your leftover box flaps to the box with hot glue 11. To create the look of stone, sponge-paint brown and white paint all over the “tower” until you accomplish a stone-like texture 12. For added detail trace your “bricks” with brown paint 13. Dress up your princess and have her slide into the costume and put on the straps as if she were putting on her backpack 14. Trick-or-Treat!

Watch our live in-studio demonstration on The Living Dayton Show

Horse Costume

Our cowboy, Lucas, is comfortably wearing his horse with suspender-like straps. This costumes structure is quick and easy, and can be translated into several other box costume ideas. Supplies for this costume include:

  • Large Moving Box
  • Box Cutter
  • Nylon Strapping (found at any fabric or craft supply store)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Pencil
  • Yarn
  • 2 Bottle caps for eyes
  • Cowboy costume (found at any store that sells costumes)
  • Cute little cowboy!

1. Begin by cutting the top flaps off of your assembled large box and setting them aside for later use 2. Turn your box upside down (closed end on top) and use a pencil to cut a circle large enough for to fit around your child’s waist 3. Have child slide box over their head and around their waist. Measure enough nylon strapping to string from the box over the child’s shoulder and back down to the box. Repeat this step for the child’s other shoulder 4. Draw the shape of your horse head on left-over cardboard pieces and cut out with box cutter. Repeat this step so that you have two of the same pieces for your horses head 5. Wrap yarn around your thumb and elbow to the desired thickness of your horses mane 6. Cut the yarn at your elbow and again at your thumb leaving you with two sections 7. Begin to hot glue the yarn along the top side of your horses head 8. When you have the mane the cover the head and back side of your horses neck, hot glue the second horse head piece to the first covering the rough edges where you glued the yarn 9. Attach the horses head to the box by cutting a slit down the front of your box the size of the shape of your horses head and slide the head through the slit. The fit should be tight enough to hold the head in place, but if it is not use tape to further secure it inside the box 10. Complete the horse by adding details like bottle cap-eyes, a saddle out of cardboard scraps and more yarn for a tail 11. Saddle up!

Watch our live in-studio demonstration on Fox45 in the Morning

As always we’d like to thank both stations for having us on the show. Happy Halloween!

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