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Ecoween: Cardboard Box Airplane Costume

ECOWEEN: Cardboard Box Airplane Costume

As we continue our journey through cardboard box Halloween costumes, it is time to set our sights to the air. While breaking down a box may help our planet Earth, that doesn't mean we can't create a costume that will have your lil one reaching for the stars.

To see how we created the ultimate flying machine,


Supplies you will need:

  • Medium-sized cardboard box, plus spare cardboard pieces
  • Blue and red paint (the Livos Salis finger paints can be diluted with a little water to make them paintbrush accessible)
  • Box cutter
  • Tape
  • Aluminum foil (you can use fresh foil, or cleaned foil from last night's dinner!)
  • Stapler
  • Plastic wrap

Supplies for your cardboard airplane costume.

First, cut the flaps off of the top of the box (reserving them for other uses).  This will now be the bottom of your plane.

Next, cut an opening out of the top of the box that will allow it to go over your child's head and rest of his shoulders.

Using your box cutter, cut out some small holes on either side of the box that will become arm-holes.

The arm-holes should be near the front of the plane.

Paint the box your desired airplane body color.

Next, create the wings for your plane.  Place strips of tape on the two longer flaps that were cut off of the plane in the first

Paint the flaps the same color as the body of the plane.

Then, remove the pieces of tape . . .

And paint the empty spaces another color.

Once the airplane wings have dried, create a 1-2 inch flap, but folding the end without the racing stripes.

Attach the wing to the body of the plane by taping, or stapling, the folded portion of the wing inside the arm-holes.

Create a propeller for the front of the plane using the smaller flaps from the original top of the box.

Cover the smaller flaps with aluminum foil.  Using the stapler, attach the two flaps together in an "X" formation.

Using a spare piece of cardboard, cut a small circle (about six inches in diameter).

Paint the circle the same color as your racing stripes.

Once the circle is dry, staple to the center of the propellers.

Use another spare piece of cardboard to create a windshield.  The piece of cardboard should be the same width as the body of the

Cut out the center of the "windshield" leaving a one inch boarder.

Paint the "windshield" the same color as the racing stripes and attach a piece of plastic wrap to the inside of the boarder.

Staple the "windshield" to the body of the plane.

Staple the propeller to the front of the plane.

Have you child place his arms through the arm-holes to move the plane wings as he flies down the street.

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