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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cardboard Trash Truck Costume...

This Halloween, my truck obsessed three year old wanted to be a trash truck.  I could have taken the easy road and bought him one, but what fun would that have been?  So, I decided to try and make him a custom trash truck costume out of cardboard.   I have to admit I was a little nervous about pulling it off, but I knew I couldn't let him down.

This post will be a bunch of "after" pictures with little description since my camera was having issues while taking all the "during" pictures.  Without pictures trying to describe the process of how I built the truck will be difficult and I'm sure boring to read.  So, I'll just spare you all the details and get straight to the pictures.

But, first...

Supplies I used:

  • Lots of cardboard!
  • Brown gift wrap paper
  • Green, white and black spray paint
  • Wood for the tires
  • 4 screws and 4 nuts
  • 1 pack of red and white reflector tape (cut in half)
  • Yellow and black reflector tape (cut in half)
  • Wire mesh for front "grill"
  • Spray adhesive
  • 2 battery operated LED lights
  • Old belt cut in half for straps 
  • Wire to attach straps to cardboard
Total Cost: About $22.00

I had most of the supplies already, which helped keep the cost down.  The only things I had to buy were the reflector tapes, green spray paint, belt (from Goodwill) and the LED lights.  The lights were definitely the most expensive part at $7.00 a piece.  I didn't mind splurging on them since they can be reused pretty much anywhere in the house. 




 The "tires" were attached to the cardboard with a screw and nut.  



The lights on the front are battery operated LED lights that I taped onto the front of the truck. You know, so you can see while you're Trick-or-Treating!

My son absolutely loves this truck and the reaction from him after it was all done was priceless.

We have a Halloween party this weekend, so I'm hoping to share my costume next week.

4 comments:

  1. Love homemade costumes! They are the greatest! Awesome job Mom! Can you show us how you did the "inside" straps for Owen to wear the truck? Thanks for sharing

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  2. This is such a great idea and what a great job you did!

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  3. Thank you! It's hard to photograph due to the placement of them. Basically, I poked 4 holes in the cardboard and then attached the straps by poking the wire through each end of the belt and threading it through the holes in the cardboard. I hope that helps! If I can get good pictures I will update this post with them.

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