Costume parties or just playtime, a cardboard box offers the versatility to make fun costumes for children and adults alike. Ready to wear costumes are convenient but they also come with a heavy price tag and are very hard to customize. Cardboard boxes, on the other hand, are like a blank canvas and can be glued together to make a diverse range of costumes. The best part is that they are as much fun to make as they are to wear. The range of materials required to decorate them depends on what you want to make, from paints to glossy paper and maybe even glitter. The most essential items required are glue, cardboard cutter and a sharpie.
Steve from Minecraft
The heavily pixelated video game has attracted a cult following from kids and adults alike. Needless to say, the raw design of the game allows it to be the perfect fit for using a box made out of cardboard. All you need to gather is one large and some smaller packing boxes. To make the structure you need four boxes; a square one for the head, one larger one for the body and two oblong ones for the arms. The arm pieces can be connected to the body using elastic bands or else make holes on the sides so you can slip your arms in.
You can paint large squares on the boxes to represent pixels or if you want to get a little artsy, cut square pieces of colored paper and glue them on. Obviously, the latter approach is more time consuming but will turn out impressive. As an add-on you might want to cut out a piece of oblong cardboard and shape it like a sword and your Minecraft costume is ready.A sports car
Let’s face it, sports cars have a universal appeal and children love running around making noises of a whirring engine. Nice add-ons to the costume include a helmet, a pair of gloves and maybe even LED lights for the blinkers and headlights. To be honest, you can make the car as realistic as possible with common household items.
All you need are rectangular shipping boxes that are big enough to fit around your body and protrude from the back and front to look like a car. Use a cardboard cutter to carve out the shapes of wheels. You might want to pin paper plates to look like rims, just paint them in white or silver.
For the headlights, you can wrap aluminum foil around smaller paper plates and glue them to the front end of the car.
The steering wheel for the costume maybe made from a paper plate, or just carved out from the top end of the box. For special effects, you might want to use cellophane sheets and staple them in a rectangular frame to look like a windshield. The final and the most essential step is using either suspenders or strings to hold the car to your body. Personally, suspenders have that extra bounce and don’t come off that easily. Paint your car whichever color you like.Fire breathing dragon
This is another one for nerds and is one of the most interesting ones to make. All you require is one small cardboard boxes for the head and a larger one for the body. For a kicker, you may cut out some long piece of cardboard to look like wings, make loops using scotch tape to grip around your arms.
The head needs to be cut out from the front with jagged edges to look like teeth. This eyes and nostrils can be glued to the top of the headpiece using leftover cardboard pieces. To add a nice touch, just staple some looks sheets of paper around the teeth to look like fire. If you want to add the extra touch just wrap the paper around some wire so it looks like billowing flames. That’s it, color the costume to your heart’s content.Retro mailbox
The retro mailbox is a perfect and simple idea for anyone that wants to indulge in nostalgia but is too lazy to put in a lot of effort to make a costume. For this you will need large cardboard boxes with lid. Get your hands on one such box, carve out a circular shape from the lid to resemble the lid of an old mailbox. Carve out holes for the arms and viola, you’re a retro mailbox.
Now that you’ve constructed the costume you might want to consider adding some features like a tiny door. No you don’t need to hinge it, just carve out a three sided square and fold it at the end that is still connected to the box.Crazy cat lady
We all have that one friend that has too many pet cats or maybe that’s you. This costume needs a bit of a sense of humor to create but it’s the simplest costume you’ll ever make. Corrugated shipping boxes are all you need for this costume. Cut out a cardboard box in half, make a large hole for your body to pass through and use suspenders to hold the box around your body.
You may either carve out shapes of kittens all around the box and then paint them or you might just use stuffed plush toys and hold them in place by passing rubber bands through holds in the cardboard.