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Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. My kids always enjoy figuring out what they want to be and then helping me create their costumes. This year, we wanted to do something creative and different, so we are making their costumes out of boxes! After much discussion, we decided that my oldest would be a milk carton and my youngest would be a cookie. They were so excited and couldn’t wait to get started on their #boxtumes!
We do a lot of our shopping online at Amazon.com because it is a great place to find everything we need for low prices with quick shipping. We have been Amazon Prime members for years and love all of the benefits. Because I shop on Amazon.com regularly and we moved into our house not too long ago, we have a lot of boxes so this was a fun way for us to use some of them. Here is what you will need to make your milk and cookies boxtumes:
- Several Amazon Smile cardboard boxes of different sizes and shapes
- Duct tape or packing tape
- White wrapping paper
- Clear tape
- Black cardstock
- String or twine
- Brown and black spray paint or acrylic paint
Now that you have collected everything you need, you can get started. The first thing you are going to do is measure how tall you need your milk carton to be. Ours is about 4 feet tall – so if that sounds good you can use our measurements, otherwise, you will have to modify it to fit. Our cookie is about 2 feet around. It would be great if you have large pieces of cardboard you can cut the circles out of, but you may have to tape two pieces together to make it work. Either way will be good.
To make the cookie, you are going to use a piece of string cut to HALF of the height you want your cookie to be, a pushpin and a pencil. Put the pushpin in the center with one end of the string, and tie the other end to the pencil. Hold the push pin and draw a circle around, keeping the string tight. Once your circle is done, you will cut it out and then trace it onto another box and cut that out. With both pieces cut out, you will next want to make your “chocolate chips”.
Take a piece of cardboard and use a cup to make circles of different sizes. Trace both the top and the bottom to make different sizes of chips. Cut them out and then spray paint/paint them brown and wait for them to dry and then you will use duct tape and attach them to the cookie circles. With the cookies made, you will use some twine or ribbon and attach pieces to the top of each circle and connect them so it makes an over the shoulder style of connecting them. See the pictures below for step-by-step directions.
Now that your cookie costume is done, we will make the milk carton costume. You will want to take two boxes (or one, depending on size), and open both ends so you can stand in it. Tape two (or just the one) together so it is more of a rectangle shape. Do this with all of the pieces EXCEPT the very top where we are going to angle it for the top of the box carton (see pictures for details). At the top of the boxes you will want to take the two longest pieces and tape them together to create a point (like a roof of a house) and then we will cut the other two edges to match the triangle shape and tape them in. The top flaps that are the widest/longest you are going to cut down about 2-3 inches and bend the box – creating a new crease. Before you tape the top flaps you will use a bowl – (or use the string and pencil again) to make another circle for where the head will come out.
At the top of the boxes you will want to take the two longest pieces and tape them together to create a point (like a roof of a house) and then we will cut the other two edges to match the triangle shape and tape them in. The top flaps that are the widest/longest you are going to cut down about 2-3 inches and bend the box – creating a new crease. Before you tape the top flaps you will use a bowl – (or use the string and pencil again) to make another circle for where the head will come out.
Cut the circle out and then tape the top two flaps together. Now you will take the two shorter flaps and one at a time, trace a triangle shape on them to match the shape of the other flaps we just taped. Do this on both sides, cut them out and tape them to the top so that the top of your box now looks like the roof of a house.
With the flaps taped and the head hole done, we now need to make holes for the arms. For these, you will want to try and make them just lower than the shoulder height. We used the large end of a cup to make our circles, but they barely fit my 13-year-old’s arms so make the size that will be comfortable for whoever is going to wear it. You can use a knife to start the hole so you can cut it out, or just one side of the scissors.
With the holes done, you will now want to use the white wrapping paper to wrap the entire carton. At the top, just fold it up like you would a present and fold it over and tape it. Use a knife or scissors to cut the holes out of the paper and tape the paper down on the inside. Cut it like pizza, with several slices and it will fold easier.
Now that the carton is made, we will make the letters. You will take a piece of cardboard and freehand the letters for M I L K on it. Cut them out and then paint/spray paint them black. When they are dry, you will attach them to the carton with rolled duct tape.
To make the straw, you are going to cut part of a pool noodle and attach it to a headband using twine. I just used the end of the scissors to make holes in the pool noodle and push the twine through and then tie it. This completes your milk carton costume.
These were so fun to put together. It took a few hours to make both of them and they love their new costumes. The milk you can really customize and decorate how you want. I am sure she will be adding things as we go. I hope you have fun making your Milk and Cookies Halloween Costumes and trick-or-treating. It is perfect for couples, siblings, friends, etc.
What fun ideas for #Boxtumes do you have?