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9 Cardboard box costume ideas for kids

Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. She is the craft expert for FamilyCorner.com and Kaboose.com. You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda.

Halloween costumes

You can make some adorable Halloween costumes using little more than a cardboard box, some paint and lots of imagination. Here are several ideas to choose from. Happy Halloween!

Dice

Large box
White spray paint
Black craft paint or marker
OR
Black construction paper Tape up one end of box, fold in sides of other end. Spray paint the box white. Let dry. Then, either cut big circles from black construction paper, or paint the black spots on your "dice."

Television

Large box
Small box (hair color size)
Black spray paint
Red craft paint
2 dowels from clothes hangers
Aluminum foil
Magazine picture of Barney (or football game, or whatever fits age)
2 plastic milk jug lids

Tape up one end of box, fold in sides of other end. Cut holes for arms and head. Completely close the small box and spray paint completely black. When dry, use red paint to paint cable box channel number on small box. Glue small box to top of large box where shoulder will be. Wrap dowels in aluminum foil, poke holes in top of "TV" and insert dowels for antennas. Use a black marker to draw a picture tube on front. Glue magazine picture onto TV screen. Glue milk jug lids on as knobs.

X-Ray Machine

Large box
White spray paint
Paper skeleton decoration, torso only
Craft glue
2 plastic milk jug lids

Tape up one end of box, fold in sides of other end. Spray paint box white, let dry. Cut holes for arms and head. Paint a black rectangle on the front, and the words: "Caution: X-RAY IN USE". Use the torso of a life-size paper skeleton decoration as the image on the black rectangle (the screen). Glue the milk jug lids on the front as control knobs.

Lego

Large box
Spray paint in a bright primary color
6 empty margarine or butter tubs
Shoe box
Small plastic cups
Face paint Tape up one end of box, fold in sides of other end. Spray paint box and let dry. Cut holes for arms and head. Paint empty butter tubs same color as the box. Glue the six butter tubs to the front of the box, two vertical rows, three in each row, closed end out. To create a matching hat, take a shoe box and spray paint it to match your costume. Glue small plastic cups (also painted) upside down to the bottom of the shoe box. Place the shoe box on your head. Paint your face the same color as your costume.

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