You didn’t think I’d let Halloween go by without a few DIY Halloween costumes, did you? The best kinds of costumes are certainly the ones that don’t require crazy supplies and materials. Enter the cardboard box. I have a slight obsession with all the air mail envelopes and stationery that boutique paper stores carry, so a DIY Air Mail costume seemed quite fitting! This was so easy to make and I happen to think my niece Kellyn (psst.. remember her birthday party?) looks quite adorable in it! I may be biased though…
Cardboard Box (Ideally, you should find a white box but had this brown one so I made it work!)
Poster Board and Spray Adhesive (If you don’t find a white box)
Scissors or Box Cutter
Air Mail Washi Tape (Alternatively, red and blue paint)
Stamps, Stickers, Other Mail Adornments (I printed out these postal marks and stamps on adhesive paper)
Cut off the flaps on one end of your box. Tape the other side together as you normally would. If your box isn’t already white, use spray glue to cover the box in white poster board.
Using scissors or a box cutter, cut a hole in the top of the box big enough for the child’s head to fit through (I used a bowl to measure and draw mine). Run strips of tape along all edges of the box. I used one strip to cover over every edge, and then carefully aligned another strip on each side to each to make a wider line. Alternatively, carefully tape off the edges and paint red and blue stripes on the edges.
Carefully cut arm holes in each side. Decorate the box with stamps, stickers, and whatever else you think the faux-package deserves!
I printed off these postage marks and these stamps on adhesive paper, and asked my local mail store for that “Air Mail” sticker. Then I stamped on Dracula’s address, who needs a zip code when you’re Dracula!?
Add white, red or blue pants, a white shirt and even a cute bow headband (This one’s from Target) and you’re done!
All Photos by Studio DIY
Look out for another DIY kid’s costume coming your way on Monday!
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