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Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas

October 8th, 2015 - 2:12 PM

Looking for homemade Halloween costume ideas?

It’s that time of year again where the #1 question on everyone’s mind is “What am I going to be for Halloween?” Buying the same costume as everyone else in town is boring. Do something totally "out of the box" – like making your Halloween costume out of leftover moving boxes! These costumes are perfect. They’re cheap, easy to make, and look great!

homemade Halloween costumes

Before we share instructions for our homemade Halloween costume ideas, you’ll need to get your box ready to decorate. For a child, small or medium boxes will work. For an adult, a medium or large box should do the trick! Prepping the box is easy: just use a box cutter to cut off the bottom box flaps, then cut out two arm holes and one head opening. We used a CD storage spindle for measuring the arm holes and a large mixing bowl for the head, but you can use any round objects around the house to help you determine the right size for a perfect fit.
Prep your boxes to make a Halloween costume.

If the box fits just right, you can move on to the next step – painting! Two coats will help hide any lettering on the box, especially if you’re using white paint (which you’ll need for the ‘pair of dice’ costumes). We used a roll-on flat acrylic paint that provided great coverage. You could also use spray paint. We chose red paint for the Lego costume, silver for the robot, and black paint for both the Rubik’s Cube and aquarium.

Paint your homemade Halloween costume.

Once your box is painted, you’re ready to customize your box to make the perfect costume. Here are some of our easy homemade Halloween costume ideas and how to make them:

Deocrate your homemade Halloween costume.

Connect the pieces with this Lego Costume

To make the “bumps,” paint Styrofoam bowls the same color as the box. Let the paint dry, glue on the bumps, and you’re done. We used bowls as they were a little easier to adhere to the box, but we’ve also seen versions made using plastic or Styrofoam cups.

Think ‘Under the Sea’ – Make an Aquarium Costume

“Finding Nemo” and The Little Mermaid” fans will love this underwater adventure costume inspired by National Geographic Kids. Gather your supplies: some fishing line, a hot glue gun, plastic fish tank greenery, blue cellophane, and some small decorative fish (we found ours online, but you can also get them from craft or party supply stores).  Here’s what we did:

  • Cut out the opening at the front of the box (like you’re making a frame).
  • Use a flap from a large box to create the tank background. Cover it with blue cellophane to simulate water, then hot glue the greenery in place.
  • Hang the fish from the top of the box with a little fishing line (we just poked holes near the front of the box and threaded the line through, then used black electrical tape to adhere the line to the box).
  • Insert the background in the box opening, and you’re ready to go!

Channel your inner R2-D2 with this Robot Costume

Here’s your chance to get really creative! The robot costume can be customized with lots of different gadgets or scrap items you have in your home – think wire whisks for ears, screws or nuts/bolts for detail, bottle caps or lids as buttons, you name it. Our version uses sink strainers for the robot eyes, flexible dryer vent ducts for arms, and disposable stovetop liners to display the ‘gauges’ (we printed these out, but you can draw your own, too!). Brass brads are great for attaching the gauges and are easily found in the office supply section at Wal-Mart. This homemade Halloween costume gives you room to be resourceful and creative.

Get your game face on by creating a Rubik’s Cube Costume

We love this costume idea by Design Mom for one really BIG reason – it’s simple to make! All you need is a box, black spray paint, and some construction paper. After you spray paint the box black, cut nine squares of each Rubik’s cube color – red, yellow, green, white, and orange – and place them on the cube. You can mix up the colors to make it look like the game’s being played, or assign each side a color to make the cube “solved.” Pretty easy, right?

The perfect couple’s costume - a Pair of Dice

To make this fun costume, paint each box white then cut out black dots from construction paper (hint: use the CD spindle to trace perfect circles) and glue them to the box. We suggest using the numbers 5 or 6 on the front of the box since they take up the most white space. Now you're "ready to roll!"

What are your homemade Halloween costume ideas using a box?

Have any other ideas using boxes for your Halloween costume? Let us know in the comments section below. For even more Halloween and holiday inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards!