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 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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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® 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.

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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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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® safety tips to ensure a fun and safe Halloween night

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The month of October is coming to a close, and that means one thing – Halloween is near! Everyone’s favorite, spooky fall holiday is just around the corner, and all across the country people of all ages celebrate with fun costumes, delicious candy, and scary movies.

Much thought is spent each year on picking that perfect costume, deciding which haunted house you are going to, or where you are going to trick-or-treat, but one aspect that often gets overlooked is Halloween safety. With so many people out and about in the streets – often not paying attention due to all of the excitement – the risk for kids being involved in an accident increases substantially.

According to CouponChief.com, The likelihood of your child being struck by a car or killed in a car pedestrian collision quadruples on Halloween. Death and injuries by fire also jump from October 30 to November 1.

Other Halloween night stats from CouponChief include:

-23 percent of child-pedestrian accidents occurred from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 60 percent of child-pedestrian accidents occurred from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

-In over 70 percent of the accidents, the child was not crossing at an intersection or crosswalk.

-32 percent of all child fatalities occurred with children ages 12-15, followed by 23 percent of fatalities with children 5-8.

-Drivers aged 15-25 accounted for nearly one-third of all fatal accidents involving child pedestrians on Halloween.

These are pretty alarming statistics, and it’s important for people of all ages (and their parents!), take this into consideration as they prepare for Halloween night activities. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of Halloween safety tips that can be used by people of all ages to help lower the chance of a serious injury, and ensure you have as much fun as possible!

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-Be sure to look both ways when you’re crossing a street, and stay on high alert for cars that may not be paying attention.

-Put your electronics away while walking so you aren’t looking down at your phone and can see safety signs and other precautions in front of you.

-Be sure to adhere to all traffic regulations, including crosswalks and traffic signals at intersections. When crossing a road, if there are crosswalks nearby, be sure to utilize those.

Be alert while trick-or-treating

-Children under the age of 12 should have adult supervision while out trick-or-treating.

-Encourage people to stick together in groups so it’s easier to account for everyone involved.

-Trick-or-treat in areas of familiarity to decrease the risk of getting lost.

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-Be sure to drive slowly and stay on high alert when driving through congested areas of town. Pay special attention to crosswalks or areas of the streets people tend to cross. Sometimes costumes can be hard to see at night.

-Absolutely no texting and driving under any circumstance.

-Take a little extra time and care as you make turns, go through intersections, or pull into driveways in residential areas.

 

We hope these Halloween safety tips reminded you of the hazards that come with Halloween night, and that you’re able to enjoy America’s spookiest holiday safe and sound!

If you haven’t decided on what costume you or your kids are going to wear next week, check out our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Halloween “Boxtume” ideas that include instructions on how to make a unicorn, tractor, and fish mask costume.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Halloween “Boxtume” ideas Part 3: Fish Mask

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Projects by Anna Stephens and Cathryn Armstrong

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we look forward to celebrating Halloween every year. It’s a chance for us to use our moving boxes as blank canvases for beautiful and unique costumes, or as we call them, “boxtumes.” This is the third and final blog in our Halloween “boxtume” blog series. In case you missed our first featured “boxtumes”, click here and here.

Fish Mask

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Are you going for an “under the sea” look this Halloween? This simple and sweet fish mask is sure to give your costume that finishing touch you need. Simple and easy to wear for older kids or parents! Watch our short video to see all of our steps or read our steps below.

Step 1: Cut out our fish mask graphic on cardstock paper. This is available to download, here.

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Step 2: Cut out a stencil to use for every fish scale. Trace this stencil onto your four sheets of glitter paper and cut out scales equally from each paper.

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Step 3: Glue on scales using a hot glue gun. Start from the bottom and overlap them as you move up.

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Step 4: Trim the ends of the scales so you can see the shape of the original printed mask. This includes the holes in the eyes.

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Step 5: Cut out two rectangles from white glitter paper, then cut out one from blue glitter paper. Fold them in an accordion fashion so they have creases.

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Step 6: Using a hot glue gun, secure the white pieces of paper on the sides of the mask. Then, glue the blue piece of paper to the top of the mask. Next, glue on two identical strips of ribbon on both sides of the mask.

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Step 7: Allow glue to dry and secure the mask by tying the two pieces of ribbon together on the back of your head.

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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 Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Halloween “Boxtume” ideas Part 2: Tractor

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Projects by Anna Stephens and Cathryn Armstrong

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we look forward to celebrating Halloween every year, as it provides a chance for us to use our moving boxes as blank canvases for beautiful and unique costumes, or as we call them, “boxtumes.” This is the second of three blogs in our Halloween “boxtume” blogs. In case you missed our first featured “boxtume”, click here. Stay tuned for our third and final post, a fish mask.

Tractor “Boxtume” 

Is your child fascinated with all kinds of trucks, planes, and tractors? Make their dreams a reality by giving one them of their very own! Watch our tutorial video or follow these seven easy steps below to make it yourself.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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 Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Halloween “Boxtume” ideas Part 1: Unicorn

 

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-Project by Anna Stephens and Cathryn Armstrong

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we look forward to celebrating Halloween each year. It’s a chance for us to use our moving boxes as blank canvases for beautiful and unique costumes, or as we call them, “boxtumes.” This is the first of three blogs in our Halloween “boxtume” series, stay tuned for a few other fun options!

Unicorn “Boxtume”

Are you looking for a cute Halloween costume that will be sure to stand out, but doesn’t cost a fortune? We used a small TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® box – $15 of craft materials – and a little magic to create this dazzling costume.

Watch our video to see every step or follow along in eight easy steps below!

Step 1: Tape tops and bottoms of box shut. Draw a circular 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 pink spray paint and let dry.

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Step 2: Print out the stencil of the unicorn head. This comes in three pages and is available to download. This is the link for the neck and eyes, and this is the link for the head. Print these at home, use scissors to make cuts where cutting is indicated by the dashed lines, and tape the pieces together. Trace the fully taped head onto an extra piece of cardboard with a pencil and cut out using a box cutter.

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Step 3: Spray paint the head and body pink. Spray paint the horn with glitter silver. Be sure to cover the edge of the horn with tape so you have a clean line.

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Step 4: Cut streamers for the tail and mane. For the mane, ours varied from about three inches to six inches long. The strands for the tail were about 18 inches long. Secure the tail and mane strands with a glue stick.

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Step 5: Cut out eyes from the stencil provided, color it in, and glue onto the head using a glue stick. Use loops of duct tape to secure the stars on the body.

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Step 6: Cut out a slit about eight inches long that runs from the top of the box to the front face using the box cutter. Slide the head into this slit and secure with tape in the inside of the box.

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Step 7: Cut four small slits on the top of the box for the straps using a box cutter. Feed the ribbon through the top of the slit and create a knot underneath to fasten the ribbon. Complete this for all of the four slits and adjust ribbon length for size of shoulders.

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Step 8: Step into your unicorn and steal the spotlight!

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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 Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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