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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.


  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

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

  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.