This is a homemade fire truck costume made out of boxes that is really easy to make!
This is a very simple and easy tutorial on a DIY Fire Truck costume that you can make out of a diaper box!
I love how adorable this turned out. I think what made it even more special is that!
If you don't want to make a costume yourself, here is a curated list of toddler boy halloween costumes for various budgets if you are short on time or money!
Check out my DIY firetruck story for a few tips and tricks.
Supplies for the Fire Truck Costume
empty diaper box (or any empty box)
construction paper or felt
heavy duty neon yellow tape
craft cutting machine (optional)
Directions for Making a Fire Truck Costume Out of Empty Boxes
Cutting and Painting the Empty Boxes
First, you want to cut off the flap of one side. On the other side, cut off the inner two flaps, then tape the remaining flaps together. Cut a hole that is wide enough to fit your child's shoulder through. Next, paint it red. I three coats of acrylic paint to cover up the box.
Decorate the Sides of the Empty Box
After letting it dry, I started cutting out windows, ladders, lights and signs. I used my craftcutting machine to find some images that I liked, traced it and cut it out. You don't need a craft cutting machine, just get creative.
For the wheel and tire, I cut the felt into a circle big enough to fit two of them on the side. I also used cushion cording that I had left over to glue it into a spiral for the fire truck's fire hose. I added aluminium foil to the end after folding it into a cap triangle for the nozzle.
Attaching the Straps for the Fire Truck Box Costume
To create the strap, I took heavy duty tape and taped the sticky sides together. I then placed the box on my child with arms OVER the box to get the right measurement. Next, put the strap on the backside of the box with an X shape so that it will stay on! I used a stapler to attach the straps.
Here's what the back should look like when it's on:
The total cost of making this costume was next to nothing! Isn't it the cutest? Can you believe I made it out of an empty diaper box?
Here's each of the sides of our box design:
We're keeping this in our playroom!