If you’re in the market for an easy, inexpensive Halloween costume, cardboard boxes are key! You can turn cardboard into almost anything including food, vehicles and animals! Best part? All you need is a cardboard box, hot glue gun, box cutter and paint. Check out this list of 13 DIY cardboard costumes to get your brain brewing for Halloween 2023.
13 DIY Cardboard Costumes
Cardboard costumes are so fun to make and the main material-cardboard- is usually free! You will want to invest in a good box cutter, a hot glue gun, and a few paint and paint brushes to make these 10 DIY cardboard costumes.
Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? Best part? This DIY cookie costume is potentially free to make if you have a cardboard box on hand and it’s fast!
2. Oreo Cookies
If chocolate chip cookies aren’t your thing maybe you’re an Oreo fan? Turn cardboard and black poster board into an Oreo Cookie with a permeant black marker!. Add another Oreo for a double stuffed Oreo couples costume. Oh and don’t forget the milk headbands!
3. Cassete tape
Bring back your inner 90’s with a cassette tape costume. Two rectangular pieces of cardboard and straps from a reusable bag make this costume super simple to recreate.
If you’re a parent, I’m sure you recognize the little pigeon from Mo Willems books. The chicken was the main character from my son’t favorite book as a pre schooler, Interrupting Chicken. The point is you can turn any book character into a costume with a box cutter, cardboard, and paint!
My daughter wanted to be a flower for Halloween, so I could not resist making myself a seed package costume!
Does it get any cuter than a cardboard box turned needle and thread costume?!
If you have a LEGO lover in the house, this is the DIY costume for you! All you need to turn anyone into a LEGO is a peice of cardboard, spray paint, and plastic cups!
This Tetris group costume is perfect for an 80’s costume party! Save those boxes and hot glue them together to create your favorite childhood video game.
Who knew cardboard diaper boxes were so useful for costume making? He’s holding the John Deer toy tractor is costume is modeled after!
You can also turn a diaper box into a train costume. Use a paper plate for the front and plastic cup with cotton balls coming up to mimic a smoke stack.
11. Tandem bike
This couple turned a cardboard refrigerator box into a tandem bike! Clever!
12. Soda can
The soda can pop top is a combination of card board and silver Duct Tape. It is attached to a plastic headband with hot glue and looks surprisingly realistic, don’t you think?
13. Shark costume
Turn a peice of cardboard into any animal with a little paint and an arm holder on the back!
What are you going to turn your cardboard boxes into this year? I can’t wait to see your DIY cardboard costumes!