Easy, inexpensive, and eco-friendly DIY Halloween box costumes

Written by Claire Schneider

The little ghouls and goblins are gearing up for their favorite time of year, Halloween! This holiday definitely isn’t just for the kiddos, so we’ve come up with a few Halloween costume ideas to involve you parents as well. These costumes are a fun and creative way to get your entire family involved this year.

Family of s’mores

Are you looking for a cohesive Halloween costume theme for the entire family? This s’mores-themed get-up allows everyone to be involved and is very simple to make. All you need is:

  • Smores2 large boxes
  • 1 dish pack box
  • Elastic or string
  • Brown paint
  • White paint
  • 2 white pillows

Begin with taking your two large boxes and cut four square pieces about 2.5’x2.5’ in size. These will become the parent’s graham cracker portion of the costume. Since I was using our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® boxes, I just flipped over the box so the tan side was up. Next, I took the brown paint and began painting the dashes and indents to transform the cardboard into the giant graham crackers. Then cut two holes about a foot to foot-and-a-half apart for the straps. I used elastic for the straps but you could also use string or Velcro.

Next, take the dish pack and cut two rectangular panels to create the Hershey’s bar. Make sure the rectangle isn’t too big so your child can easily walk and trick-or-treat. Then, spray paint both panels brown. Once one panel is dry, take the white paint and write HERSHEY’S across it. Next, just like with the graham crackers, cut holes or tape straps to the cardboard panels.

For the marshmallow, all you need are two white pillows and string to make transform your child into a plump marshmallow.

Milk & cookies

milk & cookiesContinuing with the food theme, I love this idea of having a parent dressed as the milk and all the kids dressed up as cookies. The awesome thing with this costume is it’s perfect no matter how many kids you have. The items needed are:

  • 1 medium box
  • 1 small box
  • White paint
  • Black paint
  • Brown paint
  • Elastic or string

Creating the milk carton is super-simple. All you have to do is cut off the box flaps of our medium box. Even though our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® boxes are already white, I wanted to cover up the writing so I quickly spray painted it white. Once dry add a few black cow spots and the words MILK. Unlike the picture here, I decided to go without the hat portion. the The last step is to add straps. Same with the s’mores costumes; I used elastic since it’s more comfortable and adjustable.

For the cookie, take the small box and cut out two circle pieces. I flipped them over so the brown side was facing up and added chocolate chips using the brown paint. You can just draw circles but I wanted to have fun and draw the chip shape. Just add the straps and your little tike is ready to become a scrumptious treat.

Lego

LegoIf you’re not thrilled about dressing up this year, we have one just for the kiddos as well. For the Lego costume you will need:

  • 1 small box
  • 6 small plastic cups
  • Tape
  • Spray paint
  • Elastic or string

For the Lego costume I chose to cut off all the box flaps, but you could also tape up the box and cut out a head and arm holes instead. Then I used tape to affix the six cups to one side of the box and spray painted it red. Lastly, I added the straps last. And it’s as simple as that!

Check out our blog 5 simple DIY Halloween costumes for more ideas!

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Tips for an epic Memorial Day party

Written by Cait Quinn

memorial dayWhether you’re moving into a new neighborhood or are in the beginning stages of packing, Memorial Day is a great time to get together with the neighbors for a festive and fun celebration while honoring the servicemen and women who have sacrificed for this country. It’s simple to make your party a hit with a few simple steps.

Planning

If your home is literally boxed up, either from moving in recently or packing to move, save yourself some time and energy and purchase invites. DIY projects don’t tend to work when supplies are hard to locate. A variety of fresh, hip designs can be found on sites such as Pinterest or Etsy. Check the forecasted weather when choosing a date, a Memorial Day party outside in the sunshine will draw your guests over.

For those moving in, it’s an ideal time to meet the neighbors. Handing out invites in person will help to put a face to a name. Plus, you’ll really see what your new block is all about.

If you’re getting ready to move out, use this Memorial Day as an opportunity to reminisce about good times with your friends close by before you leave.

Food

Everyone expects a cookout on this particular holiday, so grilling hotdogs and hamburgers will be on the menu. If you’re in a moving limbo, consider having a neighborhood potluck to distribute the effort, leaving less for you to worry about and allows you to sample  a variety of salads, sides, desserts.

A thoughtful addition to the spread is to provide sweets and popsicles for the kids attending. Memorial Day is a perfect day to break out summertime firecracker popsicles.

Decorations

Decorations always make the mood more festive, but keep it simple. Purchase simple items such as red, white, and blue streamers, brightly colored paper napkins, and tiki torches; a few additions like these will change your backyard from drab to fab quickly and easily.

Activities

If your neighborhood is anything like mine, there are lots of kids and families of all sizes. Plan some outdoor activities both children and adults will enjoy. Stock the party with sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, and little squirt guns to occupy the kids while the adults mingle. Bring out the sparklers at dusk when the temperature drops and the hoodies come on. Needless to say, make sure there is plenty of adult supervision when sparklers are being used.

Last but not least, remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. Take a moment as the sparklers are lit to remember and honor the brave women and men who have fought for our country and our safety.

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Pack and Protect Christmas Decorations

Written by Cait Quinn

The holidays are over just as fast as they arrive, and we can all agree cleaning up and tearing down after the festivities, food, and family gatherings is one of the last things you want to tackle. Make the packing process a breeze this year with these decoration packing and organizing tips. You can return to relaxing in no time.

1.    Get everyone involved – Packing up Christmas goes by much quicker with some helping hands! Choose a time when your family can get involved, and incentivize the crew with dinner or a movie afterwards. Post-packing plans will also give everyone something fun to look forward to!

2.    Organize – Start by separating your decorations. This can be by category, such as outside and inside decorations, by room (living room, kitchen, and childrens’ rooms), or by the order in which you bring out the decorations. For instance, if your family usually strings lights right after Thanksgiving with the tree the following week, you can sort the decorations in that order and number each box for maximum time-saving. Choose the order that makes the most sense for your holiday habits.

Christmas lights organization3.    Storage – Once your holiday décor and related materials are sorted, boxing them up should be quick. We recommend using the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dishpack box to store gift-wrapping supplies. The full instructions to utilize the box are here.

When packing lights and garlands, take extra care since they tend to tangle easily. Try using an old paper towel roll or a piece of cardboard and wrap the lights around it, then label the shelf where the lights are placed. And speaking of reusing wrapping scraps …

Christmas ornment organization4.    Recycle! – There are many ways to use all the leftover wrapping paper and boxes from the year. One simple way to pack Christmas tree ornaments is to wrap them in used wrapping paper or bubble wrap and nestle them in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dishpack box. The paper will protect ornaments and the special dividers keep them separated. Did anyone in your household get new shoes for Christmas? Use the silica gel packets that come inside shoe boxes to place inside your Christmas decoration boxes. They keep the humidity out and allow your decorations to last even longer.

5.    Label, label, label – Nothing is more frustrating than searching through box after box looking for one specific item. Make this process less stressful and save yourself some time next holiday season labeling items found in each box!

Do you have any great decoration packing tips to share? Leave a comment below and let us know. Have more to pack? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is here to move you forward with tips and answers to your packing challenges.

We hope you enjoyed this holiday season with your family. Blessings to you in the New Year!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® wapping station: Wrap presents like a pro

Written by Claire Schneider

You’ve conquered the holiday shopping deals and rocked your way through your shopping list. Now it’s time for the handsome task of wrapping all the presents. But first you have to go through the tedious process of gathering and digging through totes to access your trove of holiday wrapping supplies. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an inexpensive way to keep all of your wrapping supplies easily accessible when needed but also properly stored during the rest of the year?

Creating a wrapping station is an excellent way to both be ultra-organized and recycle old TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving boxes. You’ll be happy you kept all supplies in one place when you find yourself rushing to wrap all the presents before your family finds them!

Our dish pack is the perfect size to house all your materials, including wrapping paper. When wrapping presents, the wrapping station provides designated areas for all of your items including tape, scissors, wrapping paper, ribbons, tissue paper, etc. Once you’ve added the final touches onto that last gift, you can move the station to storage until next year.

Wrapping stationMaterials
• TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dish pack
• Dish cells
• Wrapping supplies

Creating your wrapping station
1) Tape the bottom of the dish pack.
2) Remove the top flaps, then adhere festive duct tape to those rough edges.
3) Assemble the dish cells. Consider the size of your items. I suggest creating smaller sections on the outside and choose a wider middle section.
4) Add your items!

Safety bonus alert: Creating a deluxe wrapping station will help streamline the wrapping process and prevent the loss of scissors in a pile of ribbons.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® gives thanks

Written by Claire Schneider

Thanksgiving is almost here, and the holiday season is a perfect time to pause from our busy lives to give thanks. All of us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® have so much to be thankful for. We experienced an amazing year, and we couldn’t have done it without our family, friends, and the wonderful support and teamwork of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® community. We created a video thanking everyone for all the opportunities and love we have received this year. Enjoy the video and have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Preparing home for the holidays

Written by Claire Schneider

I love this time of year! Everyone is cheerfully awaiting the holidays, sitting by a fire, drinking hot cocoa, and making plans to spend cherished time with loved ones.  Unfortunately, with all the excitement enters stress, especially if you’re playing host or hostess. Don’t fret; I’ve come up with some inspiration ideas for getting your home holiday ready.

Exuberant entry

Fall WreathThe front entry really sets the festive tone of your home. Adding a few potted evergreen plants beside a door truly makes an entry more inviting. The added benefit of potted evergreens are their ability to transcend more than a single holiday. Display the plants for Thanksgiving, then add a strand of lights and ornaments for a whole new look for Christmas. A wreath is also a nice and simple decoration to add. There are myriad styles and themes of wreaths out there, too! This year I decided to tap into my creative side and make my own. If you love crafts like me, it is simple to make customize your wreath. I visited my local arts and crafts store, selected a medium-sized, plain wreath, and selected little items I could apply with my hot glue gun. It was a wonderful feeling seeing it take shape, and I placed it on our door for the neighborhood to behold.  I also plan to make another for Christmas.

HolidayFrontEntryIt’s important to recreate the warmness of the entry in your foyer. If you live in a colder climate, clear a space in the coat closet for guests. Designate an area where visitors can place their wet shoes, and provide a basket for mittens and hats. This will help you maintain a tidy and organized entry while you entertain. Music is also an essential component of the holiday atmosphere, engaging one of your guests’ key senses. Power up your iPod and select a favorite holiday playlist as  guests enter the party, grab a glass of cheer, and mingle with each other.

Genuinely gifted

HolidayEntryTreeAs we all know the holidays are a time for giving in every sense of the word. A unique way to welcome guests is to set out a decorative bowl filled with small gifts. You can incorporate the gifts into your décor by wrapping them in festive wrapping or patterned paper from a stationary store. Gifts could be tiny boxes of candy, cards, mini games, small gift cards, and puzzles. If you have adequate space, place a small tree on a table and surround it with the gifts. This will be a pleasant surprise your visitors weren’t expecting.

Delightful de-clutter

Now that your guests have been awed by the grand entrance and are working their way to the main living space, ensure they are comfortable. De-cluttering your home may seem overwhelming, but by setting aside an hour to go through the main rooms of your home, your guests will feel the serenity of the space.  Rid the gathering rooms of unnecessary items and be sure there is enough sitting room and walkways for guests to chat and relax. Since the holidays are a time of giving, it is the perfect time to donate any unwanted items.

Festive feast

HolidayCenterPieceWhen setting the holiday table, be mindful of the details.  I love including candles to my centerpieces since they provide a warm and intimate ambience.  One of my favorite centerpiece ideas is to place candles in vases, lining the edges with acorns. I did this for Thanksgiving one year, and it was a simple project which produced rave reviews from my guests.  As the Christmas season commences, spruce up the centerpiece ornaments around the base of the vases. If you are arranging a formal place setting, spruce it up adding holly or greens. You can also transform an pine cone or ornament into name card holders. Taking a few extra minuets will show your visitors you care and are glad they’re celebrating with you.

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Blissful bathroom

The guest bath and powder room are perfect places to infuse a little merriment.  The addition of seasonally scented candles, a small poinsettia plant, and other little touches will drastically transform the room. Remember to replace old towels with festive, new ones and clear the counter of unnecessary items. I also love having a small basket of toiletries on the counter in the event your guests forget to pack important items.

By taking a little initiative to focus on key areas of your home, your holiday event will indeed be one to remember. For even more holiday inspiration, follow us on Pinterest.