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Cardboard Box Fire Truck Halloween Costume

ECOWEEN: Cardboard Box Fire Truck Costume

As the saying goes, children enjoy the box more than the present, so take it a step further with some eco-friendly paint and a box cutter and turn their favorite toy into a fitting costume. This week lilsugar offers Five Costumes Made From a Cardboard Box.

Halloween costumes do not need to be store bought and be thrown out on November 1st. ECOWEEN offers us an opportunity to work next to our kids and teach them a bit more about what we can do to help save our planet.

If you have a lil firefighter on your hands, you can enhance their favorite red hat and fireman's coat with a custom fire truck made out of eco-friendly materials. A visit to your recycle bin, should garner you a strong cardboard box. Natural hemp paint, such as Livos Salis, can be used to decorate your box, and paper plates made from recycled material, such as Seventh Generation make some great wheels.

To see what you need to create your own fire truck, as well as step-by-step directions, read more.

Supplies you will need:

  • Medium-sized cardboard box
  • Red, black and yellow paint (the Livos Salis finger paints can be diluted with a little water to make them paintbrush accessible)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Box cutter
  • Two yards wide black ribbon
  • Four paper plates
  • Stapler

Supplies for the costume (plus a little inspiration)

Take a medium-sized cardboard box and cut the flaps off of the top - this will now become the bottom of your fire truck.

A view of the new bottom of your truck.

Cut a hole in the top of the box that will easily fit over your child's head and shoulders.

Paint the body of the truck "fire engine" red.  This is a great activity to do with your lil one.

When through, the entire box should be red.

Next, begin enhancing your truck by painting stripes and details.

Don't forget to paint on the engine company.

Next, paint four paper plates black.  These will eventually be the wheels on your truck.

Allow all four plates to dry completely.

Take a piece of ribbon and hold it up to your child to measure the proper length.  The ribbon will rest on your child's shoulder

Staple each ribbon to the underside of the body of the fire engine.

Once stapled, each side should look like this.

Staple the "wheels" to the body of the fire engine.

Have your child dress in his favorite fire man clothing and place the costume over his head.


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