This blog post is sponsored by Amazon Prime.
Halloween is going to look a little different for our family this year. We’ve decorated the front porch and will leave a tub of candy out for any children who trick-or-treat. But, we will be in the backyard watching Halloween movies on an outdoor screen with a fire going, and lots of popcorn.
This inspired our family costume idea for this year, Family Movie Night boxtumes!
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For Halloween this year, it’s easy to upcycle Amazon Prime boxes into fun, creative Halloween costumes – aka boxtumes – using just the crafting supplies you have around the house. Not only do boxtumes enable you to save more money for Halloween treats; they’re also a great way to repurpose boxes!
These movie projector, popcorn tub, and movie screen boxtumes were created with Amazon Prime boxes, tape, and other items we had around the house.
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What you need
- Amazon Prime boxes (assorted sizes)
- Paint and paintbrushes
- Box cutter
- Hot glue or all-purpose glue
- Battery operated tealight candle
Make a movie projector boxtume
First, grab two Amazon boxes. Then cut out a strip of cardboard from one box and shape it into a square a little smaller than the side of the other box.
Use glue to attach the square to the center of your box.
Put a plate on top of the box and trace around it twice.
Then, using the lid from a can of cooking spray as a guide, cut out small circles within the large one.
Attach the cardboard projector reels to your box using glue.
Cut out four identical pieces to create the extension to the projector. Glue them together, and then to the small square at the front.
The last piece you need to make is a stick that you need to insert into the base of the projector to hold it. Make sure to glue it into place.
Now we are ready to paint. You will need black paint and a paintbrush to paint the whole projector and the battery operated candle.
Add a layer of silver glitter paint to the projector reels and set aside to dry.
Right before using the costume, turn on the light and attach it to the inside of the projector using glue or removable velcro.
Make a popcorn tub boxtume
You’ll need a large Amazon Prime box for this costume. Cut out a slightly angled main piece to resemble the shape of a popcorn tub. If you are making it for a child, you will probably need to cut it a little shorter.
Using a second piece of cardboard, sketch the top of the popcorn tub and an outline for the popcorn.
Tip: I used a container lid to make the half circles for the top of the popcorn tub.
Cut out this piece, and then use a combination of glue and tape to attach it to the main piece of the tub.
Cut another piece of cardboard into a circular shape. Use stencils, or create the word POPCORN on your computer to make your own stencil.
Cut out your circle. Attach it to the main piece of your popcorn tub using glue. Now it’s time to paint your costume.
Sketch popcorn onto the top portion of your costume, and then paint that too.
Finish off your costume but attaching ribbon to hang around your neck, and tie around your waist to the back of the cardboard popcorn tub.
Make a movie screen boxtume
Cut out a rectangle from your Amazon Prime box, and then cut out two long strips to glue on the top and bottom of your rectangle.
Paint your movie screen black and white, and then make or use stencils to create the words COMING SOON.
Once your words have been painted, use a yellow paint bottle lid to make ‘lights’ around the top and bottom of your movie screen.
Attach a ribbon to the back of your costume to hang the movie screen around your neck.
There you have it, our family movie night costume!
Make your own Boxtumes at home and share on social, tagging @amazon, #boxtumes, and #morethanabox.
Don’t forget, Prime members can also extend their experience with Halloween-themed content on Prime Video, Prime Reading, and Amazon Music such as these:
- Monster House
- Hocus Pocus
- Mr. Boggarty: The Halloween Grump, by Tevin Hansen
- Ten Timid Ghosts, by Jennifer O’Connell
- Essential Halloween – 50 Scary Songs, by Hairy & Scary Creatures
- Sounds of Halloween (Non-Stop Halloween Sound Effects Playlist), by CDM Sound FX
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