Boxes Provide Endless Possibilities

Dressing up and crafting your own costume is a great teaching tool for children. The activity inspires creative play, problem solving, personal expression, and fun! To encourage this educational and emotional exploration, we think you only need one basic item: The box!

Superficially, it’s nothing more than a cardboard cube. But in reality, it’s a hiding space, a car, a laundry machine, a hot air balloon…. A box is infinite in its possibilities. Ask your children what they want to be and have them draw it. Go on a scavenger hunt around the house — everyday basics, old clothes, and art supplies are all they need to bring their imaginative costume to life.

To celebrate the endless learning opportunities the box represents, we’ve rounded up our favorite cardboard box costumes that are perfect for Halloween or a Saturday afternoon. We hope they leave you inspired to upcycle your boxes into something eco-friendly and magical.

1. Misha Lulu’s Alice in Wonderland captures the imagination and silly nonsense of the famous storybook character.

Alice Cardboard Box Costume by Karen for Misha Lulu
Alice Cardboard Box Costume by Karen for Misha Lulu

2. Bring your box to life with this DIY Frankenstein costume from Scholastic Parent & Child.

Monster Cardboard Box Costume from Scholastic
Monster Cardboard Box Costume from Scholastic Parent & Child

3. Special Delivery from Studio DIY. This air mail costume proves you don’t need specialty supplies to create something sweet.

DIY Air Mail Costume by Studio DIY
DIY Air Mail Costume by Studio DIY

4. Handmade Charlotte shares 10 DIY Cardboard & Paper Masks for Halloween. We went wild for this cardboard lion’s head created by Iglo & Indi for an editorial shoot.

Lion Cardboard Mask
Image and mask by Iglo & Indi

5. Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day cleverly creates homemade Halloween costumes that are always a hit. We say, “Oui, oui!” to channeling France at home.

Jordan Ferney's Eiffel Tower Costume via Oh Happy Day
Eiffel Tower Costume by Jordan Ferney | Image by Sarah Hebenstreit for Oh Happy Day

6. Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons always makes homemade costumes and this cardboard shark is a definite catch.

Cardboard Box Shark Costume by Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
Cardboard Box Shark Costume by Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

7. Adults can get in on the creative action with this eco chic gown crafted by Strode College and featured in Inhabitots’ 8 DIY Costumes That Are Outside the Box.

Cardboard Box Costume
Strode College Cardboard Gown via Inhabitots

Have you made a costume repurposing a cardboard box? We’d love to see it, so share your creativity in the comments below! And check out our Halloween Pinterest board for additional inspiration.

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5 thoughts on “The Cardboard Box Costume: Infinite Possibilities

  1. Love these creative ideas! My family makes our own Halloween costumes every year. This year, we are attempting to make ALL our costumes out of cardboard! Here are links to some past costumes we made using cardboard – we would be so honored to be added to your blog post!
    Claw Game Machine:
    Astronaut Jet Pack:
    Space Shuttle:
    Moon head:

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