9 Cardboard box costume ideas for kids

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!


1 large box
1 small box
Silver duct tape
Gray hooded sweatsuit
Silver spray paint
Gray, white or black gloves
Silver face paint
4 plastic milk jug lids

Seal one end of box with silver duct tape. Leave other end open. Do this with both boxes. Spray paint silver, let dry. When dry, cut circle out of small box so when placed on child’s head, the hole will be there for his/her face. Cut open ends off or fold inside box. Follow above instructions for large box, then cut holes for arms. Glue lids on box in front, along bottom as control knobs. use markers to draw horizontal lines across the front of the box for effect. Paint face silver.

Race Car

Large box
Red spray paint
Black spray paint
5 paper plates
Black marker
4 yellow plastic milk jug lids (other colors will do as well)
1 red plastic milk jug lid for horn
Red construction paper
White construction paper
Craft glue

Fold sides of box in on both ends. Attach yarn to go from front of box to back of box and rest over child’s shoulders. To attach, poke holes with a pen or screwdriver into the box, then run yarn through and tie off. Spray paint box red. Let dry. Spray paint the paper plates black. Let dry. Glue four of the five paper plates onto the box as wheels. Glue the plastic milk jug lids on to the plates as hub caps. Take last plate and cut out a steering wheel. Glue red plastic milk jug lid onto last plate as the horn. Glue plate to box. Cut tail lights from red construction paper, glue on. Cut headlights from white construction paper, glue on. Draw a grill on front with black marker.


Large box
Small trinket type toys
Post-it notes
Empty box of cereal
White spray paint

Fold top of box closed, leave bottom open. Paint box white and allow to dry. Cut hole out of top for head and holes for arms out the sides. Use marker to draw a handle on fridge. Use different small trinket toys as magnets, glue on. Stick a couple of post it notes on with messages such as “Don’t forget to walk the dog!” and “Pick up dry cleaning”. Added effect, glue a box of cereal on the shoulder of the costume.

Christmas/Birthday Present

Large box
Wrapping paper
Large bow
Shiny ribbon

Tape up one end of box, fold in sides of other end. Wrap box up in wrapping paper. Tape or glue ribbon around the box and adorn with a bow!

Jack in the Box

Large box
Plastic headband
Blue felt
Red felt
Green felt
Orange felt
4 white pompoms
Craft glue
Red spray paint
Gold craft paint
Toilet paper roll
2 paper towel rolls

Tape up one end of box, fold in sides of other end. Spray paint the box and the paper towel and toilet paper rolls with red spray paint. Let dry. Cut out tall triangles from the different colored felts. Roll into cones and glue closed. Glue pompoms on top of cones. Glue cones to headband. Hopefully, the cones will be tall enough to flop over like a jester’s hat. Cut appropriate holes for head and arms. Glue paper towel and toilet paper rolls together to form the crank, glue to the side of the box. Decorate the box with gold craft paint by sponging paint on in various places or along the border.

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