I am beyond excited to share this cardboard box car costume! I had so much fun working on it. We officially have a toddler who does not stop moving in our house, unless that is, he sees a delivery truck. My husband will joke that he sees them at our house everyday, but it is a fact that my kiddo gets SO excited when he sees a delivery truck or van. I wanted to bring that into our Halloween plans this year.
Making a costume doesn't have to be overly complicated. Not only was this cardboard box car costume easy, it's nice to reuse cardboard for something fun. I'd love to introduce you to my little Amazon Prime delivery man!
Looking for another fun upcycle idea with a cardboard box? Check out my Cardboard Box Plane we made as a Top Gun costume!
To make the cardboard car I started off by reading through Laura's tutorial-how cute is her pink cardboard car? I did alter a few things during will making it an amazon van, I'll share those few tips below. If you're looking for an easy pet costume- Mel shared the perfect one for pups, how adorable is Penny as a little cheerleader?!
- cardboard box (check the size against the size of your todder, you don't want it too big for them.)
- hot glue gun- a note on this. I tried super glue, gorilla glue and the hot glue gun worked the best for this application. Mel had told me to use it and she was right!
- ribbon to make the arm straps
- stickers, paper, decals- all optional to make the license plate
- decorative paint
- spray paint- I used Rustoleum 2x in Navy Blue
After cutting the first piece, I set the box up straight and used the cut piece as an outline to know where to cut the other side so it would match. Other than that I used my craft knife to take off the excess flaps of the cardboard box car and it came together pretty quickly with hot glue.
When spray painting your cardboard box car, I'd recommend doing it outside or somewhere really well ventilated. I only needed one coat of paint on the cardboard. After letting it dry overnight I brought it inside and it was ready for all the details to be painted on!
Tips for Making a Cardboard Box Car Costume:
- Pick a good box! Look over the box for the one with the least creases/dents.
- I kept my box together and drew the cut lines with pencil so that I knew where to cut when I laid the box down. This might not be as precise as measuring it out, but it helped me visualize the box.
- Start with a smaller cut than you need, you can always cut more but can't undo a cut. I ended up having to flip my box over and start over...thankfully I was already planning to add a bumper so it worked out!
- Use cardboard for all the details/accessories! I made the wheels and bumper for my cardboard box car with extra cardboard, next time I'm going to make a steering wheel too!
After I made my box, the fun part was definitely decorating it. I traced out letters to spell prime, and did an interpretation of the Amazon arrow. I love how it turned out!
My favorite parts were his little outfit and the license plate!
He's ready to deliver some packages! Or, at least collect some candy. 🙂 Hope you have a fun and safe Halloween! If you make a cardboard box car costume please tag us, I'd love to see!