TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween DIY “Boxtume” Classic: Dinosaur

Halloween is this weekend! If you don’t have a costume yet and are still looking for an idea, we’ve got another good “boxtume” for you to make: a dinosaur!

Who doesn’t love a dinosaur for Halloween? This boxtume can be made from two moving boxes and a few easy supplies to create a fun, easy costume for the weekend. If you’re looking for other ideas, you can find more options, here.

Follow along to get crafting your dinosaur boxtume!

Step 1: Cut holes for the arms and head into a medium-sized moving box and a hole for a head and mouth in a small moving box.

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Step 2: Glue the two boxes together where the head holes meet, with the small box on top. Then paint a base color over the black wording on the boxes.

Step 3: Paint the boxes any dino color of your choice and let them dry.

Step 4: Spray paint textured paint onto your boxes for a scaly, striped look.

Step 5: Cut out small triangles for teeth and circles for eyes then paint pupils on the eyes and glue all of them to the dyno using leftover triangles to stand the eyes up.

Step 6: Enjoy and capture plenty of pictures to document this unique, handmade boxtume!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween DIY “Boxtume” Classic: Frankenstein

As we get closer and closer to Halloween, we’ve been sharing our best  “boxtume” ideas to help get you ready for the big event.

We’re bringing back another classic today with an old school idea: Frankenstein! That’s right – you can be one of the original stars of Halloween with this simple, easy costume idea. This boxtume can be made from just an old recycled box and some materials you may already have around your home.

Follow along!

What you’ll need:

  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK small box
  • Green, black, and silver paint
  • Paper towel tube
  • Box cutter
  • Hot glue

Step 1: Assemble the box, taping the top and bottom shut. Paint the outside with green paint.

Step 2: Once the paint has dried, use a box cutter to cut a rectangle out of the front of the box for the face. Then, cut another rectangle out of the bottom that’s large enough to fit your child’s head.

Step 3: Add black, pointed hair around the top of the head.

Step 4: Cut paper towel tube in half and paint silver. Once dry, hot glue to each side of the box.

Complete the look with a purple shirt and black jacket, and maybe even green face paint if you’re feeling extra spooky!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween DIY “boxtume” Classic: Tractor

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Continuing our theme of “boxtume” ideas that you can make at home as you gear up for Halloween, we’re happy to introduce one of our classics: the tractor costume!

Like all TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxtumes, this can be made easily from recycled moving boxes, items around the home, and a materials you can get for cheap at any costume or home goods store. With everybody spending more time inside these days, this is a fun and easy way to change it up and have some fun while you get ready for Halloween!

Follow along and build your own “Boxtume” tractor!

Step 1: Tape top and bottom of box shut. Trace a rectangular hole with a pencil on the top and bottom of the box and cut out the hole with a box cutter. Adjust for body size accordingly. Paint the body with green spray paint and let dry.

Step 2: Trace out two large paper plates onto a piece of cardboard. Trace out two small paper plates onto a piece of cardboard, and cut out the four circles using a box cutter. Spray these circles with black spray paint.

Step 3: Cut a paper cup so it’s only about two inches tall and cut slits around the edge. Spray paint it silver using spray paint.

Step 4: Cut out a triangle with rounded edges on orange paper. Glue this onto the back of the tractor. Cut out yellow circles for the wheels. Glue them onto the center of the wheels.

Step 5: Cut out black strips of paper for the front grill. Cut out a yellow strip to line the entire box. Glue these on the box. Glue the lights on the front of the box and fill with yellow paper. Spray paint a toilet paper roll black and glue onto the top of the box.

Step 6: Glue or tape on the wheels on to the box. Then create small slits on the top of the top and in the back for the straps. Feed the strap through the holes and tie a knot underneath.

Step 7: Throw on some overalls and step into your new tractor!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK 2020 Fall “Boxtume”: Quarantine Couch Potato

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Somehow, someway, October is officially here, and that means Halloween is just around the corner.

Although the world is very different right now – and Halloween will be too – that doesn’t mean you can’t craft a unique costume at home, right? For several years, we’ve brainstormed creative costume ideas that can be make out of recycled moving boxes and materials around the house called “Boxtumes”, and we’ve come up with another that fits in well with the theme of the year: Quarantine Couch Potato!

That’s right. It’s time to make our favorite lazy hobby into a costume that you can show off come items you may need to purchase at a craft store.

Follow along!

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Materials you’ll need:

  • Box (medium size: 16 x 16 x 17)
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors/box cutters
  • Snack food wrappers/boxes
  • Old remote and movie
  • Paper towel rolls (2)
  • Blanket (fleece throw 50in x 60in)
  • Wrapping paper roll
  • Brown towel
  • Safety pins
  • Fabric glue
  • Suspenders (kid size)
  • Paints (black, brown, cream)

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Important tips to remember:

  • Since the paper towel and cardboard will not hold up well in the rain, consider wrapping plastic wrap around the items before adding blanket
  • The project should be completed over a few days to allow glue to adhere and paint to dry
  • Snack wrappers and boxes should be empty to help with weight of costume

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How to make it, step-by-step:

  1. Tape your box to make a couch shape and glue the paper towel and wrapping paper roll to the box
  2. Use a large mixing bowl to cut a hole in the box
  3. Glue, tape, and pin the blanket around the box
  4. Cut fabric at the hole and glue to the bottom of the box
  5. Glue suspenders to the box, under and inside the back of the couch
  6. Paint towel using your hands and blotting over the entire surface
  7. Fold towel in half, pin and cut hole at the fold
  8. Glue snack wrappers, remote, and video to the couch
  9. Put the couch on over your child’s head and hang it off their shoulders using the suspenders
  10. Put the potato over your child’s head and over the suspenders

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There you have it – easy as that! If you decide to get together with your loved ones and create this fun Boxtume idea this year, be sure to take a picture and tag us on social media!

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Easy DIY Valentine’s Day crafts you can create from recycled boxes

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast, and what better way to get ready for the day than with a few fun and easy DIY crafts?

Each February at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we like to put out a few creative, fun, and easy Valentine’s Day craft ideas that can be made from your recycled moving boxes or even a few items around your house. These ideas are fun for all ages, and can help bring some Valentine’s Day cheer into your life. Grab some scissors, get some glue, and enjoy!

Valentine’s Day dessert toppers

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Dress up dessert by creating heart shaped toppers. We chose to go with cupcakes, but they’ll work great with almost any treat!

Supplies:

Cardboard
Craft paper
Toothpicks or small dowel rod
Hot glue gun
Scissors

Step 1: Cut out cardboard hearts. Tip: If you have a heart shaped cookie cutter, use it as a stencil for perfect heart shapes.

Step 2: Cover the cardboard in craft paper. We selected a variety of designs to make our cupcakes more playful.

Step 3: Push your toothpick into the bottom of the cardboard heart. You may need a small amount of hot glue to secure it in place.

Step 4: Pop them into the tops of your dessert and enjoy!

Cardboard heart

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This cardboard heart décor is perfect to display in a window, on a bedroom door, or above your dining room table. The best part is this takes less than 20 minutes to make!

Supplies:

Cardboard
Yarn or ribbon
Craft paper
Hot glue gun
Scissors

Step 1: Cut out two large hearts from a cardboard box.

Step 2: Fold each heart in half to form a crease down the center, giving you four outward half-heart shapes. Use a hot glue gun to secure the two pieces together at the back of each fold.

Step 3: Time to be creative! Cover the hearts in craft paper of your choice.

Step 4: Secure ribbon or yarn around the heart and hang in your home!

Candy Name Hearts

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Celebrate the little loves of your life – your kids!

Supplies:
1 small box
Scissors or box cutter
Ribbon
Paint and paintbrush
Stickers or marker
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Cut out the number of hearts needed for your banner. TIP! Use a heart stencil for evenly shaped hearts.

Step 2: Paint each heart with your desired colors. Be sure to let them fully dry!

Step 3: Use stickers or markers to spell out the names on your candy hearts. For extra fun, include your kids on this project and let them decorate their name heart however they’d like!

Step 4: Use a hot glue gun to secure hearts to the ribbon. Tie a bow at the top and you’re done!

Check out more ideas in the videos below!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween “Boxtumes” Part 3: Flower Pot

Halloween is right around the corner, which means it is almost time to pick out a costume. If you are looking for a quick and easy DIY costume, look no further! This Flower Pot “boxtume” is the perfect idea for any kid who is looking for a cute, inspired look.

Follow these easy steps to get the costume done in no time!

Step 1: Begin with cutting the flaps off of a small box.

Step 2: Measure and cut the cardboard pieces that correlate with the four sides of the box in half horizontally.

Step 3: Glue to the two pieces you cut in half together so that they are stacked onto of each other.

Step 4: Once the pieces are dry, glue them onto the side of the box creating an edge around the top.

Step 5: Paint the box whatever color you want your flower pot to be.

Step 6: Trim fake flowers so that they are appropriate length.

Step 7: Glue, tape, or staple the fake flowers around the inside of the box.

Step 8: Attach ribbon to inside of the box to create straps.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween “Boxtumes” Part 2: Mermaid Dog

Why stop the fun Halloween costume ideas with just humans? Get your dogs involved, too!

With this “Merdog” boxtume idea, you can give your dog a fun and exciting mermaid-style boxtume that is sure to be both fun, and worth a good laugh.

Follow along with these easy steps!

Step 1: Prepare an old moving box that will fit your pet and cut out one side for the legs and a hole at the top for their head. Then paint over all of the writing on the box with a base color.

Step 2: Cut out a piece of cardboard in the shape of a scale and then trace it in rows on the sides of the box.

Step 3: Paint the traced scale any color of your choosing and let them dry.

Step 4: Trace and cut out the shape of a mermaid tail from a piece of scrap cardboard or scrapbook paper and paint it the base color if needed.

Step 5: Cut out paper scales from scrapbook paper and glue them to the end of the tail like a fan.

Step 6: Add glitter everywhere!

Step 7: Take photos of your pet and enjoy!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween “Boxtumes” Part 1: Dinosaur

Everyone loves dinosaurs, right? Of course they do, especially kids! Bring that “dino” spirit to Halloween this year with a fun, easy dinosaur boxtume.

Dino2Follow along with these easy steps and make a splash this fall!

Step 1: Cut holes for arms and head into a medium sized moving box and a hole for a head and mouth into a small moving box.

Step 2: Glue the two boxes together where the head holes meet. Then paint a base color over the black wording on the boxes.

Step 3: Paint the boxes any dyno color of your choice and let dry.

Dino1Step 4: Spray paint textured paint on to box for scaly striped look.

Step 5: Cut out small triangles for teeth and circles for eyes then paint pupils on eyes and glue all of them to the dyno using leftover triangles to stand the eyes up.

Step 6: Enjoy and take lots of pictures!!!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® wishes you a fun and safe Halloween! Did we inspire you to make this boxtume? We want to see! Show us the final product and tag us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

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3 easy DIY crafts to prepare for Valentine’s Day

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-Written by Jessy Herman 

Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly, and what better way to celebrate than with some fun and easy DIY crafts to spruce up your home?

Each year at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we like to put our creative hats on to craft a few unique Valentine’s Day crafts that can be made from simple items and that are fun for all ages! So bust out the scissors, get out the glue, and enjoy!

Unicorn Valentine’s Day Mailbox

Supplies:

1 Truckie’s Treasure Chest or Day of Move box – visit your local TWO MEN A TRUCK to purchase this box!

Craft paper – white, black, glittered

Glue stick or hot glue gun

Scissors

Ribbon

Birthday party hat

Step 1: Assemble your box and place the handles into the open spaces on the side.

Step 2: Cover the box in craft paper of their choice. For the unicorn design, we stuck with white cardstock. Use a hot glue gun or tape to secure the paper to the box.

Step 3. Cut two triangles for ears. Using tape, secure them the top of the box on both sides to make them stand upright.

Step 4: Take your black construction paper and draw out a face for the unicorn. Cut around your outline and glue them to the front of the box.

Step 5: For the unicorn head, we bought cone shaped party hats and secured one to the top using tape. We also picked out gift wrap bows for either side.

Cardboard heart

valentines-day-craft-1This cardboard heart décor is perfect to display in a window, on a bedroom door, or above your dining room table. The best part is this takes less than 20 minutes to make!

Supplies:

Cardboard
Yarn or ribbon
Craft paper
Hot glue gun
Scissors

Step 1: Cut out two large hearts from a cardboard box.

Step 2: Fold each heart in half to form a crease down the center, giving you four outward half-heart shapes. Use a hot glue gun to secure the two pieces together at the back of each fold.

Step 3: Time to be creative! Cover the hearts in craft paper of your choice.

Step 4: Secure ribbon or yarn around the heart and hang in your home!

Twine Heart Garland

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1 Small box
Scissors or box cutter
Jute and yarn
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Cut small heart shapes from your cardboard box.

Step 2: Use jute, twine, or yarn to wrap around your heart. We secured ours with a hot glue gun.

Step 3: In between the hearts, we created yarn pom-poms for variety. To make a pom-pom, use your palm to wrap the yarn in a circle. After you wrap (we recommend at least 30 times!), use a separate piece of yarn to tie a knot around the center, almost like a belt. You will then want to use your scissors to cut the loop ends on each side of the center tie. Fluff it up and you have a pom-pom! TIP! Watch our video tutorial to see how this is done.

Step 4. Thread the twine through your hearts and pom-poms and you’re garland is complete!

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Revisit our top stories from the year!

2018 is quickly coming to a close, and it’s always worthwhile to look back and reflect on some of the brightest TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moments throughout the year.

Here on our blog, we aim to be a trusted voice for our loyal and potential customers by giving the latest and greatest in moving tips and tricks, telling the stories of the outstanding individuals within our company, and highlighting all of the charitable efforts our franchise locations do on a regular basis nationwide.

We work to tell the best stories in our company and believe 2018 was another successful year for that! From our community outreach to moving tips, storage tips, and a look inside the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience – we touched on it all.

Enjoy!

  1. What we can’t move during your home relocation

When preparing for your upcoming home move, it’s important to know what items movers can and cannot move when the big day arrives.

  1. Five things you should never keep in your storage unit

Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just keep ANYTHING you want in a storage unit, and this post was created to let you know the things that aren’t acceptable.

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises gearing up for Busiest Move Weekend

When the end of June rolls around, that means one thing for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand – busiest move weekend!

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving teams keep “THE GRANDMA RULE” in mind when moving senior customers

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, moving seniors is one of our specialties, and we tailor our services to specifically cater to our beloved seniors as they transition to the next step in their lives.

  1. Downsize your home with these handy tips

There are many tricky hurdles when getting ready to complete a move, but figuring out how to downsize might be the hardest. Thankfully, our helpful tips can make any downsizing move less stressful!

  1. Finding solutions to help homelessness in America

The unfortunate reality of society is that not everyone has a place to sleep when the cold months hit, but thankfully, there are hardworking individuals all across the country doing their best to end homelessness – including here at TWO M EN AND A TRUCK.

  1. A first-hand look at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience

As a brand, we can tell you about the quality of our moving services over and over again, but sometimes it’s best to hear it directly from the source – a satisfied customer.

  1. Keep yourself prepared with these overlooked moving essentials

When you’re completing a home move, there is an endless amount of information to process and items to keep track of. Stay on schedule and organized with these overlooked moving essentials.

  1. What’s it like to be a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK mover?

Find out what the moving experience is like first-hand for the hard-working individuals who make these moves possible.

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK works to make life easier for veterans

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has made it a point of emphasis company-wide to be as accommodating to veterans as possible, while also doing our best to give back to the brave men and women in the community who have served this country.

 

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