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An Outside-the-Box, DIY Halloween Costume Combination

Even though Halloween may look a little different this year for many families, there are still ways to make the most of popular seasonal traditions, like costumes, spooky decor, and festive treats. (Family Features)

Rather than venturing out to look for a costume, get creative at home with everyday craft supplies and delivery boxes to make unique, low-cost costumes – or “boxtumes.” Not only are boxtumes a simple way to save money by upcycling delivery boxes you’ve accumulated, but making them can be a fun activity for the whole family.

Your creations can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like. Turn an everyday hero into a Halloween superhero this year with a DIY Fire Truck Boxtume, or make it a duo costume perfect for siblings by adding a DIY Fire Hydrant Boxtume to match. With Amazon Prime’s fast, free shipping, any crafting supplies, or candy you may need – and the box for your DIY creation – could be just one order away.

Share your upcycled box creations on social media using #Boxtumes, and find more inspiration and simple how-to guides at Members can also extend their spooktacular fun with Halloween-themed movies, books, and music available through Amazon Prime’s entertainment benefits.

DIY Duo Firefighting Boxtumes

Projects courtesy of Michelle Nhu

Fire Truck Supplies and Instructions:

  • Amazon Prime boxes, variety of sizes
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Red acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Gray acrylic paint
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Markers, variety of colors (optional)
  1. Have your child sit in different size boxes to find one that fits comfortably. Save other boxes for later.
  2. Using scissors, cut out the top and bottom of the box to create a truck shape.
  3. Using reserved boxes and scissors, cut out two ladders, six medium circles, and six smaller circles for wheels, rectangles for front and back windshields, six small squares for windows and equipment doors, four circles for headlights, and seven thin rectangles for the grill.
  4. Using a paintbrush, paint a large box mostly red or get creative and use separate paintbrushes to paint white stripes downsides of the box and half of the front gray for the grill. Then paint ladders, grill pieces, and medium wheel circles black. Paint small wheel circles and equipment doors gray and windows and lights white.
  5. Once the paint dries, use hot glue and a glue gun to adhere each piece to the fire truck as desired. Use markers to outline windows and add dots to small wheel circles and equipment door handles if desired.

Fire Hydrant Supplies and Instructions:

  • 2 Amazon Prime boxes
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • 3 empty tape rolls
  • 1 cotton headband
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Blue pants or skirt
  • Blue tulle (optional)
  • Blue felt pieces (optional)
  1. Select a box that fits around your child’s torso.
  2. Using scissors, cut the box into eight equal-sized rectangles.
  3. Assemble rectangles vertically into octagon and glue together using hot glue and a glue gun.
  4. Using scissors, cut holes for arms on two sides of the octagon. Glue two empty tape rolls to the outside of armholes and one on the front to mimic nut on a fire hydrant.
  5. On a flat piece of another box, draw a dome shape that will fit your child’s head. Use scissors to cut it out then glue the bottom to the stretchy, cotton headband.
  6. Using a paintbrush, paint cardboard pieces red. Use a separate brush to paint black stripes on the corners of the octagon.
  7. Once the paint dries, boxtume is complete. On blue pants or skirts meant to mimic water, glue pieces of blue tulle, and blue felt pieces to look like water droplets, if desired.

Photo courtesy of Amazon


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