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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Make your holidays even more festive with easy, DIY craft ideas

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The holiday season is officially here and that means decorating your home and preparing for the festivities! Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we love celebrating the holidays, and we’ve come up with several fun, easy-to-make crafts using supplies you probably already have around the house. Grab the kiddos and start crafting!

Be sure to check out past TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Holiday DIY crafts here and here

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This homemade tree ornament can also be paired with a name tag to dress up wrapped gifts.

What supplies you’ll need:

Cardboard
Yarn or ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun

Step 1 – Using cardboard, cut out stars in a variety of sizes.

Step 2 – Secure the end of your yard on the back of the star using a hot glue gun.

Step 3 – Wrap the yarn or ribbon around your star in all directions until you’re happy with its look. Secure the end with hot glue.

Step 4 – Cut a 3-inch string of ribbon and loop it through a piece that is already around the star. Tie it at the top and hang from your Christmas tree.

 

file-4Beaded Candy Canes

Possibly the easiest holiday DIY there is! If you’re feeling really creative, you can also shape your pipe cleaners into Christmas trees or stars and hang them as ornaments.

What supplies you’ll need:

Pipe cleaners
Beads

Step 1 – Bend the pipe cleaner to the shape of a candy cane, folding a small part at the end upward so beads don’t slide off.

Step 2 – Slide the beads on and fold up the other end to secure them in place.

 

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Remember making paper chains back in elementary school? Same classic craft with a fun update for Christmas decorations!

What supplies you’ll need:

White paper
Black and orange crayons
Tape

Step 1 – Cut strips of white printer paper at the same width.

Holiday DIY 2Step 2 – Fold a strip of paper in a circle shape securing the back with tape. Loop another strip of paper through that, securing the back. Continue doing so until you’re happy with the length of your snowman chain.

Step 3 – Draw eyes, a mouth and a hat for your snowman. Use the orange marker to give him the traditional carrot nose.

Bonus: You can follow this same easy process to make other characters like reindeer or Santa!

 

Merry Christmas from all of us at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. We hope you enjoyed our DIY tutorials. If you are in need of boxes for your next DIY, stop by your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise and choose from our wide variety of box sizes. Tag us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram if we inspired you to make a craft so we can see your final product!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Boxtume Tutorial Part 3: Frankenstein

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If you’re looking for a fun DIY Halloween costume, we’ve got you covered! Pick up a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK box, and follow these tips for creating the perfect costume — or “boxtume”, as we like to call it.

Frankenstein Boxtume

Want to make a spooky Halloween costume? This super easy Frankenstein boxtume should do the trick! Follow the steps below to make your very own!

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® Boxtume Tutorial Part 2: Bubble Bath

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If you’re looking for a fun DIY Halloween costume, we’ve got you covered! Pick up a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK box, and follow these tips for creating the perfect costume — or “boxtume”, as we like to call it.

Bubble Bath Boxtume

What you’ll need:

  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK medium box
  • White paint
  • Hot glue
  • Box cutter or scissors
  • Poly fil stuffing or cotton balls
  • Ribbon
  • Foam letters
  • Rubber ducky
  • Loofa
  • Shower cap

Step 1: Assemble the box, loosely taping the top and bottom shut. Paint white and let dry

Step 2: Once the paint is dry, use a box cutter to remove bottom four folds. Do the same to the top.

Step3: Carefully, use scissors to poke two holes in the front, top corners of the box. Repeat on the back. Now, cut two ribbon for shoulder straps. Measure to fit your child. At the end of each, tie a knot. Use scissors to push the knots through the holes.

Step 4: Begin adding poly fil or cotton balls as bubble bath. Cover the outside upper perimeter of the box, and add extra in random places for extra foam. Use hot glue to place a rubber ducky.

Finish the costume off with a shower cap, pajamas, slippers, and a loofa.

You’re ready to rock your unique Halloween costume this fall!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Boxtume Tutorial Part 1: Lightning McQueen

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If you’re looking for a fun DIY Halloween costume, we’ve got you covered! Pick up a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK box and follow these tips for creating the perfect costume — or “boxtume”, as we like to call it.

Lightning McQueen Boxtume

This costume is perfect for the Cars-loving kid in your life. Check out our tutorial on how to make Lightning McQueen, or simply switch out the paint color to make Sandy or Mater.

What you’ll need:

  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK medium box
  • Red paint
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • Ribbon
  • Paper plates
  • Poster board
  • Black marker
  • Googly eyes

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

Step 2: Once the paint has dried, remove tape. Touch up paint as needed. Carefully use a box cutter or scissors to remove bottom four folds, as well as three from the top. Leave one fold for the windshield at the front of the costume.

Step 3: Use scissors to poke a hole on both sides of the windshield and on the back of the box. Measure ribbon to your liking for shoulder straps. Tie knots in both ends of the ribbon and push through holes.

Step 4: Time for decals! To make tires, paint four paper plates black and let dry. On a poster board, sketch out two emblems for the sides, as well as the mouth and eye shapes. Use a black marker to add teeth, and silver paint to add details to the tires. Once paint is dried and each piece is cut out, use hot glue to attach each to your boxtume. Use hot glue to place googly-eyes on front windshield.

Finish the boxtume off with a “IM SPEED” license plate, and you’re good to go!

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

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-Written by Erik Sargent

With more than 7 million moves completed as a brand and locations all across the United States, and even internationally in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, it’s safe to say we’ve got the hang of this moving thing.

Our 96% customer referral rating speaks for itself, but sometimes, numbers just don’t tell the whole story. Why not hear it directly from the source?

Customer Rob Derderian of Pasadena, California, was kind enough to let us get a sneak peek into his home move last month, and was able to shed some insight on what it was like to have TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s help with a home move.

Here’s what he had to say!

Why are you moving?

“We are moving because we sold this house, a friend of mine bought it. I already live in another location, so this was a second house, so we are liquidating it and we’re getting out. We’re taking the things out of it and moving them to a couple different places and just getting everything out of here.”

How did you learn about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK?

“A few years ago my son and wife were referred to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and that’s how we got hooked up this time. My son moved around during college a few times and my wife contacted TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, I guess after contacting a few other movers, and were satisfied with what they heard from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. So, they did a couple of moves a few years ago and this time around when we decided we had to find a mover again, we just went right back to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.”

What was your initial impression of the movers?

“These guys are good guys – young, strong, healthy specimens, so that’s a good thing because it’s a lot more than I can lift or pack or move. They’re very polite, nice, and clean, doing a good job and wrapping things up as I would expect or any customer would expect, and I’m happy with it.”

Talk about the moving experience with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

“The moving experience is going well. I haven’t done this for over 30 years, so I didn’t really know what to expect. Planning is really important, planning in advance is important, and contacting the movers in advance is important. In my line of work I’m a project manager, so I tried to line things up with the way you’re supposed to when you have a big project, so it’s going according to plan. I didn’t expect anything different, so I think we’re OK.”

What advice would you give to customers about to complete a home move?

“I would say that if you cross the line where you know you’re going to move, you make plans immediately. You contact your movers, you come up with a checklist. [This checklist] can be found on the website of the mover. You start going down the checklist, you start to plan everything in advance as best as possible, you decide where everything is going to go. We actually color-tagged everything in the house as far as exactly where we want it to go. We did a walk-through with the movers when they got here, so I think the early planning is really important. It’s important to not have any surprises later.”

Why would you recommend the services of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to someone looking to move?

“Because I would share a good experience. If I have a good experience, I’m happy to make referrals, if it’s not a good experience I’m probably not going to make good referrals. I have no problem with referring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.”

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How to effectively combine two living spaces into one in a new home

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Moving in with a significant other is an exciting milestone for any couple, but if it’s a new experience, it can seem a little overwhelming. Before getting caught in the excitement, there are a few steps that can help to make the transition into your new shared space a little easier.

Combining two interior styles into one can be a challenge and may spark some frustration between you and your partner. But, luckily for you, we have some tips on how to avoid the arguments, and create the perfectly styled home of your dreams that features both of your unique tastes.

Sorting through the old

Packing can be a headache, and it might seem like a daunting task, but it’s also a great opportunity to sort through some old items. When packing up two spaces, there’s bound to be duplicate appliances and furnishings, so this is a great time to make a list of the items you don’t need, items you can take with you to the new space, and items you are lacking. Before throwing away any items you don’t want to move to your new place, consider donating, selling, or even refurbishing to make the old, new.

Donating items is an effortless and quick solution to unloading old furnishings you no longer need or want. Try researching local thrift shops or charitable organizations that would accept furniture and electronics to create an affordable option for others looking to cost effectively furnish their homes.

The Salvation Army is another option that comes right to your door to pick up your gently used items, quite literally taking the weight off your shoulders of carrying and bringing said items to a nearby location yourself.

Selling your old items is another option that will put a little extra money in your pocket to purchase new home furnishings. With warm summer months approaching, keep an eye out for local flea markets and antique shows to request becoming a vendor for a small fee, to showcase those older items that may have historical value. Or, just set up a garage sale in your own front lawn to save money on the vending cost.

Refurbishing old furniture is another creative way to give your old pieces new life, while saving some money. All you need to do is take a trip to your local hardware or craft store for some sand paper, paint, and brushes.

Make it a fun creative experience for you and your partner, and spend some time in front of a variety of paint swatches to determine which accent colors you would like to bring into your new space. Having a creative project to focus on is a great way to add some fun within the stressful process of moving, and keep you and your partner focused on the excitement of your new transition.

In with the new, and combining styles

When you’re packed and ready to move into your new shared space, it’s time to reference that packing list one more time, to determine what you both are lacking in terms of furnishings. After settling in and establishing what rooms need what, it’s time to hit the showrooms or online shops and find the perfect pieces that fit both your interior design standards.

Maybe it’s time for some new living room seating, and your partner likes simplicity and clean lines, and you like versatile colored family room furnishings, easily accented with pops of color. Or maybe it’s time for a new bedroom set, but you can’t decide on a color scheme to match your partner’s desire for dark oak pieces and your love of minimalist inspired design. Don’t get frustrated.

Sit down with your partner and talk about ways to combine your styles in a way that compliments each individual taste. A great way to get started is to browse Pinterest or Instagram accounts of your favorite brands and designers. You might come across combinations that you hadn’t thought of and be inspired.

Designing a space should be a fun way to get to know your partner, so don’t get flustered or overwhelmed by indecisiveness. Be open to new styles and communicate openly with your partner, and you just might find new designs you both like to make your new home the perfect reflection and combination of both of your interior tastes!

 

Home safety checklist for new home owners

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This is a guest blog post by Reviews.com

Becoming a homeowner is an incredible and rewarding experience. However, as quickly as the excitement rushes over you, the reality of the responsibilities that accompany homeownership become apparent. To ease this process and avoid finding a costly hazard down the line, it’s important to take a moment to get acquainted with your home, run over a few safety precautions, and make an emergency plan. This checklist will help get you started!

Electrical system 

While you’re still getting to know your home, this is a crucial part to pay attention to. If anything looks odd, it’s best to check it out ASAP to avoid what could become a potentially dangerous fire hazard. Get to know where important features like your meter and fuse box are, and watch them for anything that looks unusual.

Make sure you know how to shut them off in an emergency, although it’s highly recommended you reach out to a professional when dealing with your electrical system. If you don’t know where to start or what to look for, this article can help you identify important features to be watching for and can help you assess fire hazards and risks.

Pipes and water

Know where the shut off is! You almost never think of this until it is an emergency but when your toilet is suddenly flooding or a pipe under your sink bursts late at night, you’ll be grateful you took the extra time to identify where your water shut off is. While you’re giving your new home a good look over, also check for things like rust, corrosion, and visible leakage. It’s good to identify these potential problems and deal with them as soon as possible.

Detectors

This one is simple – make sure you have them, test them, and monitor them! Both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are crucial for a safe home. Make sure they are evenly dispersed throughout the entire home and always in working order. While on that note, it also doesn’t hurt to keep a fire extinguisher handy.

Protocol for emergencies

Make a plan! If an emergency occurs, it helps to have important paperwork and other valuables in a fire safe/waterproof locked box. They’ll be safe if the house is on fire or if there is flooding, and will be all kept together and easy to grab in the case of an emergency evacuation. Make a plan with your family of what an emergency evacuation would look like. This might mean installing escape ladders to any window not on ground level and establishing a meeting place. Additionally, if it’s applicable for where you live, it’s important to identify a severe weather shelter.

Make a kit! The basics are a first aid kit, radio, and food and water for each person for three days. The Red Cross has a comprehensive list of what to get together for your emergency kit as well the option to purchase emergency supplies and kits directly from their site.

Protect your home against break-ins and burglary

Two million home burglaries are reported each year in the United States. To help protect your family and your new home, there are simple measures to take. Buy and install an alarm system or a home security system. Install new locks and bolts, especially if your home has had many previous owners or people that might have had access to the home. Use caution leaving spare keys outside and rather leave them with a family member or a trusted neighbor. Lock things like sheds, gates, and garages and don’t leave valuables in cars. Lastly, do not publicize vacations or other times your home will be empty; have a neighbor or friend watch the house, and collect newspaper or mail create the illusion that someone is home. The best way to protect your home is to be proactive.

Miscellaneous hazards

  • If applicable, watch for tripping hazards (loose flooring, poorly lit staircases, etc.) Consider a medical alert system if applicable for those in your home.
  • Know how to turn it off. We touched briefly on knowing where the water shut off is but you should know how to turn off all your major utilities in the case of an emergency https://blog.allstate.com/20-days-to-ready-utility-shutoffs/

Be thorough, be proactive and be cautious. Being a new homeowner is an incredible and exciting thing, don’t let anything put that in jeopardy.

 

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