Halloween is fast approaching and while it’s unlikely we’ll be trick-or-treating this year; we still want continue our family tradition of making our costumes! My son asked if he could be a red block, as red is his favorite color and blocks are his favorite toys right now. Since he’s young and this costume requires hot glue and spray paint, we discussed how he wants the costume to look and I told him that I would make it for him. We decided he wants one block for his body and one to wear as a hat. I found a large and a small cardboard box and a can of red spray paint in our garage and headed to Dollar Tree for the rest of the supplies. Check out below to see how I made it!
Shop at Dollar Tree — Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Rectangular Cardboard Box – This will be for the body of the costume. The length should depend on costume wearer’s height. (Not Sold at Dollar Tree)
- Square or Rectangular Cardboard Box – For the headpiece (Not Sold at Dollar Tree)
- 6 Clear Plastic Cups
- 1 Clear Plastic Round Bowl
- or Spray Paint (Spray Paint Not Sold at Dollar Tree)
- Paint Brushes
- Hot Glue Gun (Not Sold at Dollar Tree)
- Hot Glue Sticks
Time to Make Some Blocks!
- I began by cutting out one of the short ends of the large cardboard box and then cut a hole in the other short end for his head. Next, I cut a hole on each of the long ends for his arms to go through.
- For the hat, I cut out one of the sides that would fit his head.
- Once the base of the costume and the hat were ready, we laid out how we wanted the plastic cups to be placed on the front of the block. We spaced them in two rows of three, just like his toy blocks. For the hat, we decided the plastic bowl should be in the center of the top. Once we finalized the placement, I used a hot glue gun to affix the 6 clear plastic cups to the front of the large cardboard box and the plastic bowl to the center of the hat cardboard box.
- Once the glue was dry, I headed outside to spray paint the costume. I spray painted all the sides of the boxes that could be visible when wearing this costume. I also made sure to put a barrier between the ground and the boxes to avoid getting spray paint everywhere (I used a piece of Styrofoam that I took out of our recycling bin). *Allow the spray paint to dry fully before wearing the costume.
- At the last minute, I used red ribbon and made slits on either side of the hat to make a chin strap for the hat. I did not take into account how the bowl would cause the hat to tip backwards and off of his head.
This costume took less than 20 minutes to make and all of the supplies were either things I had a home or were easily available at my local Dollar Tree. My son loves his block costume and is so excited that he’ll get to wear it on Halloween this year!