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Easy, Fast, Diy, Original, Homemade Cardboard Box Halloween Costume Ideas: Birthday Present or a Piece of Cake

Updated on October 5, 2018
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I love the holidays! Halloween is one of the most fun holidays since you get to dress up and decorate spooky stuff! Have a Happy Halloween!

Make this holiday extra special with cute Halloween costumes for your children homemade. Just ask a store in your area and they will be happy to give you a box for free to use!
Make this holiday extra special with cute Halloween costumes for your children homemade. Just ask a store in your area and they will be happy to give you a box for free to use! | Source


With Halloween around the corner, there is no time to wait! It’s time for parents to get busy making or buying their child’s Halloween costume. Making one of these fun box costume ideas saves you money and gives your child the most interesting costume around.


Make this a memorable Halloween by taking pictures of one of these cute costumes. Follow these step by step instructions, and enjoy a family moment by creating the costume together as a family project. Stretch your artistic talents by expanding on the ideas presented in this article.


Two Halloween Costume Ideas for This Year


This article will show you how to make two creative Halloween Costumes. With these ideas, your can (1) Adjust them, (2) Add more or less color, and/or (3) Use them as a launching point for a better costume idea.


Halloween Costume Ideas:
A Wrapped Present
A Birthday Cake

A Wrapped Present Halloween Costume

Make it fun and colorful with some funky wrapping paper!
Make it fun and colorful with some funky wrapping paper! | Source

Safety Tip for Halloween


Make sure your child is wearing bright colors, flame retardant clothing. If it is dark outside, attach reflective tape to his or her costume. Use kid-friendly make-up rather than a mask so that your child can see clearly outside. Be sure to carry a flashlight with fresh batteries when you take your child door-to-door.

Reference at:

www.mayoclinic.com



What you’ll need:

  • Lots of gift wrapping paper
  • Lots of wide ribbon (preferably red)
  • A Large Knife
  • A small red gift wrapping bow
  • A hard index card
  • A plastic hair-band (for a girl)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Fine point black pen
  • Colored permanent markers
  • A glue gun with glue sticks
  • An over-sized brown box



Halloween Reflective Safety Patches

Halloween Reflective Safety Patches
Halloween Reflective Safety Patches

This set contains four Halloween reflective safety patches. They are easy to peel and stick. These patches provide Trick or Treating Safety for your children. The patches come in bright yellow, orange, green, and blue. They say “Eek” with a ghost, “Halloween” with a pumpkin, “Beware” with skulls, and “Creepy” with spiders and spider webs.

 

Step-by-Step Instructions


Step One: Tape together a large cardboard box so it is whole.


Step Two: With a large knife, cut large circles in the top and bottom of the large cardboard box. These holes will be used for your child’s (1) head and neck, and (2) bottom and legs. Make sure that the bottom hole is big enough for your child’s body to squeeze into the box.


Step Three: In the same manner as the larger circles, cut medium sized circles on the sides for your child’s arms. Be sure to give them wiggle room so their arms can carry their pumpkin basket for candy.


Step Four: Wrap what is left of the box with Birthday wrapping paper. Pick something colorful and fun.


Step Five: With a wide red (or whatever color matches the paper) ribbon, attach the ribbon to the box in a way to which it looks like the package was wrapped with ribbon both centered vertically and horizontally.


Step Six: Still using the thick red ribbon, make a giant bow on top to really make it look like a birthday present.


Step Seven: Using a glue gun, attach a few tiny red bows to your little girl’s plastic headband to complete the look.


Step Eight: Fold the index card in half to make it look like a miniature birthday card. Using the various colors of the bright permanent markers, color the safe, draw on it, and with a fine tipped black permanent marker, write “Happy Birthday,” on the front of the card. Tape the card securely to the corner of the top of the box (near your child’s shoulder area).


Birthday Cake Halloween Costume

You can get really creative with this costume. Use the colors you want, designs you want, and write "Happy Birthday" on the costume if you wish.
You can get really creative with this costume. Use the colors you want, designs you want, and write "Happy Birthday" on the costume if you wish. | Source

SunWorks Construction Paper

SunWorks Smart-Stack Construction Paper, 11 Assorted Colors, 9" x 12", 300 Sheets
SunWorks Smart-Stack Construction Paper, 11 Assorted Colors, 9" x 12", 300 Sheets

This set of construction paper is perfect for this project. It gives you a large variety of colors (11) if you decide to get really creative. It has 300 sheets so you should have more than enough pages to make an awesome design. Use lots of reds and oranges for your fire on your candles.

 

What you’ll need:

  • A Large Cardboard Box
  • White paper or Spray Paint
  • A Large Knife
  • Colored Construction Paper
  • Craft Scissors
  • Cheap children’s gold, white, cream, pink, or light blue toy dress-up necklaces or craft beads
  • A glue gun and glue sticks
  • A plastic hair-band (for a girl)
  • 2 empty toothpaste boxes
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Tiny birthday candles


Step by Step Instructions


Step One: Tape together a large cardboard box so it is whole.


Step Two: With a large knife, cut large circles in the top and bottom of the large cardboard box. These holes will be used for your child’s (1) head and neck, and (2) bottom and legs. Make sure that the bottom hole is big enough for your child’s body to squeeze into the box.


Step Three: In the same manner as the larger circles, cut medium sized circles on the sides for your child’s arms. Be sure to give them wiggle room so their arms can carry their pumpkin basket for candy.



Example of How to Make the Cake Icing for the Birthday Cake

Use wavy craft scissors to achieve this look. Attach a strip similar to this to the front of the box to show a layer of the cake.
Use wavy craft scissors to achieve this look. Attach a strip similar to this to the front of the box to show a layer of the cake. | Source

Step Four: Tape on the rest of the box pieces of white paper, or spray paint it white.


Step Five: Using colored construction paper and craft scissors, preferably curvy ones, create light colored waves for the cake. In other words, you are making “layers” of the cake. You can make a layer of icing. Preferable colors would be cream, pink, light blue, yellow, or light teal. See the picture to the right for an example.



Step Six: Use the dress up necklace or craft beads you found at a discount store or in your daughter’s old toys to glue onto the “cake” as another “layer” of the cake. It can look like professional decoration of the birthday cake.


Example of How to Create the Flame for Your Birthday Candles

Attach together layers of yellow, red, and orange to achieve the "flame" look for the fire on the candles of the Birthday cake.
Attach together layers of yellow, red, and orange to achieve the "flame" look for the fire on the candles of the Birthday cake. | Source


Step Seven: Close the toothbrush boxes, and cover them with white construction paper. Glue the white boxes to the shoulder areas on the top of the boxes to look like 2 candles.


Step Eight: Make the lights for the candles out of construction paper, preferably red, yellow, and orange. See the picture to the right for an example.




Step Nine: Using the Popsicle sticks, attach the “lights” you created in step eight to the candles you made in step seven.


Step Ten: Using tiny birthday candles and a glue gun, attach the candles to a plastic headband for your little girl.

Using Spray Paint in Crafts Video


Here is a great video to give you some guidance on how to spray paint when doing craft projects.


Spray Paint Art Tutorial - The Basics

Halloween Costumes

Did you try one of these Halloween costumes?

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Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Have a safe and happy Halloween! | Source

Halloween comes but once a year, so make this year special. Be sure to take cute pictures. They have a good chance of winning any class Halloween costumes, since these ideas are pretty original.

Enjoy the smiles on your neighbors’ faces when they “Ooh” and “Aah” on how adorable your child looks in his or her box.


Making one of these costumes will save you money, and you could get your child on board with the idea since they get to help make it. It will be fun and exciting with the possibility of being unique this year.

Be safe and careful with the candy intake for both you and your children! Also, take care with your loved ones when traveling on foot in the dark.

Have a very Happy Halloween!



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  • misslong123 profile imageAUTHOR

    Michele Kelsey 

    5 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Thanks! I tried to come up with some unique ideas that would help any kid win a costume contest by being one of a kind! ~Michele

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    KeriProctor88 

    5 years ago from Georgia

    These are some creative ideas, I never thought about being a birthday cake for Halloween.

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