Step-by-step tutorial for fun and inexpensive DIY Halloween costumes

Written by Jessy Howe

Do-it-yourself projects are a great way to make lasting memories and spend quality time having fun with your family. In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve created a few simple and inexpensive DIY Halloween costumes you can make out of old moving boxes to stand out in the crowd!

Check out the supplies we used and how we created these unique “boxtumes” with our step-by-step video tutorial below.

Read more about these costumes on our “Use your old moving boxes as Halloween costume inspiration!” blog post.

For more box inspiration, visit us on Pinterest!

Use your old moving boxes as Halloween costume inspiration!

Written by Jessy Howe

The pumpkins have been carved, seeds have been cooked, the house décor could be featured in a magazine, and the family is ready for Halloween. Well, almost! You still need to figure out the costumes!

We’ve created some fun and inexpensive DIY costumes out of moving boxes for you and your family to try this Halloween.

Jeopardy Contestant

Who doesn’t wish they won big bucks on a game show? Create this easily recognizable Jeopardy contestant stand in six simple steps!Jeopardy Box


  • 1 Dish pack box
  • Black spray paint
  • Blue construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • White printer paper
  • Elastic or string
  • White craft marker
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Box cutter or scissors

Step 1: Use a box cutter to remove the flaps from both the top and the bottom of the box.

Step 2: Spray paint the box black and let fully dry.

Step 3: Use your red construction paper to create a dashed line across the top front of your box to act as your buzzer light.

Step 4: Next, print out the dollar amount you’ve won! Cut out the numbers and tape them on blue construction paper. Use tape to place your winning amount under your red buzzer lights.

Step 5: Use your white craft marker to write your name on a sheet of blue construction paper. Tape this below your winning amount.

Step 6: Lastly, use a stapler to attach elastic to the front and back of the box to rest your contestant stand comfortably over your shoulders.

House from the movie “Up”

If you are looking for a unique costume this Halloween, you’ve found it. We paired a bunch of balloons with a large box to create the house from the popular Disney Pixar film, “Up”. If you have a group who will be going together, you can play off of this theme and dress others up as characters from the film.UP House Boxtume


  • 1 Large box
  • Craft paint in variety of colors
  • Paint brushes or craft sponge brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Multicolored balloons
  • Box cutter or scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Markers
  • Elastic or string

Step 1: Use a box cutter to remove the flaps from both the top and the bottom of your box.UP costume 4

Step 2: Use your pencil and ruler to section off the different areas that will need to be painted. You can also draw out your windows and door at this time to making painting easier.

Step 3: Using craft paint, begin painting your house. We used an image of the Up house for reference. Once the paint is fully dry, use markers to draw the details on the house such as the lines of the siding, roof, and door knob.

Step 4: Use one of the removed box flaps and attach it to the front of your box with a hot glue gun to act as the roof of the house. Lean the flap slightly toward your body to replicate the look of a roof.

Step 5: Next cut a triangle with extended bottom edges to become the top right yellow portion of the house. Cut a strip of cardboard from the leftover flaps and fold it in half to create the roof for this section.

Step 6: Repeat step 3 a second time but much smaller to create the top left space of the house. Hot glue this to the left side of the roof.

Step 7: Cut one rectangle panel from a leftover box flap and trifold it. This will become the front green area of the house. Glue the panel to the bottom right of the house. Then attach the yellow portion of the house you created in step 3 on top of this.

Step 8: Use a stapler to attach elastic to the front and back of the box to rest your costume comfortably over your shoulders.

Step 9: Lastly, attach a bundle of helium filled balloons to the back and off you go!

Presidential Candidate Stand

With the 2016 Presidential election fast approaching, a popular Halloween costume is sure to include the candidates. IMG_9044Prepare to debate about who took home the best Halloween loot in this DIY presidential candidate stand.


  • 1 Large box
  • Black spray paint
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Black craft pom pom
  • Elastic
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Box cutter
  • Presidential party logo printed out

Step 1: Use a box cutter to remove the flaps from both the top and bottom of your Democrat stand 6box to create your podium.

Step 2: Spray paint the box black and let it fully dry.

Step 3: Print the logo of your presidential party and tape it to the front of your podium.

Step 4: Create your microphone using the pipe cleaners and pom pom. Use a hot glue gun to attach this to the inside front of your box and position it toward yourself.

Step 5: Use a stapler to attach elastic to the front and back of the box to rest your costume comfortably over your shoulders.

Step 6: Top it off by wearing a suit (and wig if needed!). And don’t forget your flag pin!

Beanie Baby Pet

If your furry family member will be joining you for the Halloween fun, we also have a costume idea for them! This classic costume takes no time to make and avoids small pieces, making it safe for pets.Pet costume 3


  • 1 small box or leftover box flap
  • Box cutter
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or tape
  • Ribbon or string
  • Hole punch
  • Print out of the Ty Beanie Baby logo

Step 1: Print out the Ty Beanie Baby logo at a size that best fits your pet.

Step 2: Cut out the logo and lay it on your cardboard. Trace around the heart with a pencil.

Step 3: Next cut out the heart you’ve just traced on the cardboard.

Step 4: Use a glue stick or tape to put your printed out logo onto the cardboard heart

Step 5: Use a hole punch near the top of the heart. Loop ribbon or string through and tie a knot at the end. Slip comfortably over your pet’s head and you’re done!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun DIY box costumes! If you decide to create any, we’d love to see them! You can tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #TMTHalloween.

For more box inspiration, visit us on Pinterest!

2015 Box Costumes

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.


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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5 simple DIY Halloween costumes

Written by Claire Schneider

Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time to pick out this year’s costume! Here are five simple DIY Halloween costumes to help you use up those old moving boxes.

Barbie Box

Barbie themes are timeless and popular Halloween costume options. Why not take it a step further and create a Barbie box costume? You can scale it for an adult or child with the perfect Barbie clothes such as a cocktail dress, prom dress, or, our favorite, red cowgirl boots. For this costume you’ll need:

BarbieBoxCostume• A dish pack box (or wardrobe box for adults)
• Pink spray paint
• Printed Mattel & Barbie logos
• Decorative construction paper
• Tape
• Rope
• Box cutter
• Ruler
• Pencil

Step 1: Tape the top of the box. This will make it easier to cut out the front design.
Step 2: Sketch out the box design. Make sure to leave designated areas for the Mattel and Barbie logos.
Step 3: Use the box cutter to cut out the design and bottom box flaps.
Step 4: Take the box to a well-ventilated area to spray paint.
Step 5: Tape the Mattel and Barbie logos in their designated spaces.
Step 6: Line the inside of the box with decorative construction paper.
Step 7: Use rope to create straps to hold up the costume.

For a visual, watch our instructional video.


Your child will be zooming all around the neighborhood in this action-oriented airplane costume! With the addition of a hat and goggles, they will take on the look of a real pilot. There are many different airplane designs you can create, but we decided to go with the classic double fin model.  For this costume you will need the following:

AirplaneCostume• 1 small and 1 large cardboard box
• Spray paint
• 4 wooden dowels
• Box cutter
• Tape
• Ruler
• Pencil
• Aluminum foil
• Rope

Step 1: Remove the flaps of the small box.
Step 2: Cut out two panels of the large box. Then you will need to trace an opening in the middle of both sections. Make sure the opening is a couple inches smaller than the small box. These are your wings.
Step 3: Take the remaining panels of your large box to trace and cut out your propellers. I decided to make mine with rounded edges.
Step 4: Take the box sections to a well-ventilated area to spray paint your desired color.
Step 5: Wrap your wooden dowels and propellers in aluminum foil for a cool metallic touch.
Step 6: Attach each piece using packing tape.
Step 7: Using the rope, create two straps that will hold up the costume.

This costume has a bit more detail. Watch our instructional video for help.

Dice Couple

Pair-o-diceNeed a cute and clever couples costume? Here is a duo dressed as a Pair’o’dice living in Paradise. It’s simple to make and will catch everyone’s attention, especially as you roll down the street.


• 2 large boxes
• White spray paint or fabric
• Black felt
• Fun paradise themed decorations such as a grass skirt, flower lays, flowers, etc.

Frosted Flakes box

Want to coordinate costumes with your little one? Check out what this clever mom created for herself and her little tiger!

Frosted FlakesSupplies:

• Tiger costume
• Large cardboard box
• Baby carrier
• Black, orange, red, blue yellow and white felt
• Box cutter
• Letter stencils
• Rubber cement or glue





Is your kid a music fanatic? With a little paint, some artistic talent, and a few supplies found around your home, you can easily create an iPod costume for your budding musician.


• Medium-sized cardboard box
• Red and gray paint
• Box cutter
• Poster board
• Rubber cement or glue
• Plastic wrap
• Tape




Make it a shared ensemble and create giant head phones for an elaborate family costume like this dad did with his two sons.


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