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Two Easy DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Easy DIY Fathers Day Gifts out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

We’re just one week out from Father’s Day–one of the most difficult holidays ever when we try to brainstorm gift ideas! How do you find the perfect gift for the dad who has everything, or the dad who is your super hero? After a lot of discussion with our Movers and office staff who are dads, we noticed that all of their favorite past gifts had something in common: all of them were handmade by their kids.

If you’re still looking for some last-minute present inspiration, here are some ideas we came up with! Both of these crafts can be made out of used moving boxes from your last relocation, and they’re super personalized for the amazing father in your life.

Rope Swing Bookmarks

How to make bookmarks out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

To make these high-flying bookmarks, you’ll need:

  • Old moving box
  • Box cutter or crafting knife
  • Camera (we used a mobile phone)
  • Color printer
  • Photo glue (heavier-duty than normal glue sticks)
  • Hole Puncher
  • Woven ribbon

Step One: Have each of your kids pose in front of a solid-colored background with their hands grabbing an imaginary rope over their heads. We used these kiddos’ bedroom doors to provide a solid color, but you can also have them pose laying on the grass outside or in front of a white wall. Take their photos as they keep their legs straight or bent like they’re gliding through the air!

DIY Father's Day bookmarks made out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesStep Two: Print out the photos and cut around their body shapes. At this point, we laminated our photos to protect against water stains or long-term wear, but you don’t have to do this!

Step Three: Use your photo glue to set each child’s photo against the cardboard surface of the box. Once the photo has dried to the box, cut around the outlined shape again.

Step Four: Punch a hole right underneath the imaginary rope your child is holding in the air. Then cut your ribbon down to your preferred length and tie a lark’s head knot (also known as a cow hitch knot) through the hole.

Step Five: Give to Dad inside his brand new book!

Dancing Fridge Magnets

DIY Father's Day magnet made from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

To make these hilarious man cave mini-fridge magnets, you’ll need:

  • Old moving box
  • Box cutter or crafting knife
  • Camera (we used a mobile phone)
  • Color printer
  • Glue stick
  • Brads
  • Adhesive magnet strips

Step One: Take a photo of each of your children standing in a position where they have space between their arms and sides, and between their legs.

Step Two: Print two copies of each photo. With the first copy, cut around the edge of the head and midsection of the photo. With the second copy, cut around the edges of the arms and legs. Make sure the arms and legs have some overlap of the midsection, or you won’t have any overlap to place a brad!

Step Three: Glue each body part to a section of your used moving box, and cut around each shape.

Step Four: Carefully poke a brad through each overlapping piece to attach your arms and legs to the midsections.  Then fold the brad tips back behind the cardboard.

Step Five: Stick a strip of adhesive magnet to the back of each kiddo, and arrange the arms and legs to your preferred stance! Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Do you need to purchase some craft supplies (er, I mean, boxes) for your upcoming move? Give us a call at 615-248-6288 to schedule a free delivery of all the moving supplies you need! You can also check out our website to learn about our full-service packing offer!

8 Easy Ways to have a more Eco-Friendly Home

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville tips to make your home eco friendly for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day coming up this weekend, we wanted to share some easy ways you can make your home more eco-friendly and energy efficient! We love living in a city that’s pretty progressive in green housing. These are eight quick-and-easy tactics we’ve seen locally that you can use to celebrate Earth Day at your home!

1. Reuse your moving boxes.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's dish pack boxes have adjustable inserts to protect your dishes.Instead of letting your boxes end up in a landfill after your move, you can find some really useful ways to reuse them in your home. One of our favorite boxes, the Dish Barrel, comes with lots of adjustable inserts to keep your dishes separated and safe during your move. These inserts are really handy as drawer organizers!

You can also use the cardboard from boxes to make custom photo frames, play forts for your kids, and much more. One of my personal favorites is using the boxes to make custom organizers, like these magazine files from the Apartment Therapy blog.

2. Tuck a composting pail into your kitchen.

Composting pails are great for smaller living spaces, such as apartments and condos, because they allow you to compost fruit peels, egg shells, and other natural waste without the need of a huge compost pile outside. But they’re also nice for houses because you can avoid visiting your compost pile multiple times per day–instead, you can just empty it periodically when it gets full. (And you know what else is compostable, outside of food waste? Broken up cardboard boxes!)

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK tips to make an eco friendly home3. Take advantage of cotton products.

Cotton is non-toxic and is used without manmade products, so it’s very eco-friendly and safe. It’s also a great material to use in your home because it works as a great insulator. Thick cotton drapes can help your home block heat in the summer and retain heat in the winter, which lowers your energy bills. It’s also a cozy material for bed and bath linens!

4. Change your lightbulbs.

It may seem like a hassle to go through your home and replace every lighbulb in the ceiling, lamps, under-cabinet lighting… But LED bulbs are inexpensive and use way less energy than traditional bulbs. They can last years longer than alternatives, allowing you to hold off longer on buying new ones.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK tips on natural home cleaning5. Replace your chemical cleaning solutions with cheap, natural alternatives.

The next time you need to buy cleaning products, stay away from harmful formulas. Your kitchen is probably already stocked with lots of gentle, effective cleaning supplies, like apple cider vinegar, regular white vinegar, and baking soda.  Check out some of our favorite, inexpensive ways to clean your home.

6. Use natural air fresheners.

Those artificial spray scents may smell good, but they don’t actually clean the air in your home. Instead, spray dispensers emit tiny drops of scented chemicals which cling to the hairs inside your nose, covering your ability to smell the air around you. As an alternative, consider purifying your air with nature’s freshener–plants! We really like Apartment Therapy’s guide to air purifying house plants, which not only keep your air clean, but also add a fresh look and feel to your home.

7. Invest in a shoe rack.

Wearing your shoes throughout your house is inviting the grime of the world to track through your home. This is an especially bad habit when you have carpeting throughout your home, because carpet clings to dirt and chemicals more than smooth, non-porous surfaces. Leaving your shoes by the door will help you spend less time cleaning harmful substances from your floors.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK recommendations about dishes8. Stop microwaving plastic dishes.

Even plastic compounds which are labeled “microwave-safe” still lose form over time and can release their harmful compounds into your food at high temperatures. It’s safer to invest in glass, which lasts longer than plastic anyway and is safer for the environment if you need to throw it away in the future.

Do you need a free moving quote for your upcoming relocation? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or visit us online for more information!

Strange-but-Amazing Packing Hacks

Packing Tips from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

If you’re preparing for your first large move, you may feel overwhelmed with all the packing that needs to get done. Fortunately, we have over 20 years of packing experience under our belts, and we’re sharing our best DIY packing tips! These tips are perfect for a family who doesn’t have a budget to hire us for packing services, or for the hyper-organized personality who prefers to know where all of her belongings are at any given time.

By-the-Room Tips

Bedroom:  Instead of purchasing garment bags for your hanging clothes, you can turn a garbage bag upside down and use the tip of each hanger to poke a hole through the plastic.  And when you hang clothes in your wardrobe boxes, be sure you take advantage of all the space the boxes offer!  You can usually fit several pairs of shoes in the bottom of each box.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK packing dishesKitchen:  Be sure you don’t skimp on the packing supplies you use for dishes!  An unexpected bump in the road can easily break a handle off a loose cup or chip a plate.  Remember that dish boxes come with adjustable inserts to fit each dish snugly, and are double-insulated on the outside to add extra cushion.  If you do stack plates in a box, use disposable foam plates between each breakable one to act as shock absorbers.  You can also use soft items lying around your house, such as socks, stuffed animals, and hand towels, as cushioning in the empty spaces at the corners of the box.

Dining Room:  Most modern dining tables have detachable legs which easily come off with an Allen key/wrench.  If yours can be disassembled this way, you can easily wrap the tabletop in a blanket to avoid scratching the top during transit.  Whenever you disassemble any furniture in your home to move it, be sure to put the hardware and Allen keys in a small plastic zip bag and tape the bag to the furniture so you won’t lose any screws.

Den:  If you have a mirror hanging in your den, a glass tabletop on your coffee table, or any other sheets of glass in other parts of the house, you can use two strips of masking tape to make an “X” on the surface of each glass piece.  The tape will help prevent shattering and add strength.  Then place a piece of cardboard on each side of the sheet before thoroughly wrapping it in bubble wrap.

General Packing Hacks

Use TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxes to store clutter until after your holiday guests leaveLabeling:  Pick a color for each room in your NEW home, and use corresponding colored markers to label the contents of your boxes.  Then color a floorplan of your new home with the same color system.  This way, you can easily instruct your movers on where each box goes.

Liquids:  First of all, be sure you carry any flammable liquids, such as bleach or other household cleaners, in your own car–not the moving truck!  Moving companies can’t take flammable chemicals on their trucks.  Next, when you pack up any bottled liquids such as shampoo or hand soap, place the bottles in large plastic zip bags before packing them into boxes.  This way, if one leaks, it won’t hurt the other contents of the boxes or weaken the integrity of the boxes themselves.

Day-of-Move Box:  On your first night in your new home, what will you absolutely need?  Charging cords, toilet paper, a change of clothes…?  Place these items in clear storage bins so you can easily see which items are in each bin and find necessities quickly.

Small Items:  When you’re packing up your knick knacks and small items you don’t want to lose inside a vacuous box, wrap each of these belongings in colored paper instead of regular packing paper.  This way, as you pile your packing paper into trash bags after the move, you won’t accidentally discard or overlook these things.

Packing with Kids

Packing with kids is completely different from packing by yourself, because you have to keep them engaged and entertained with a task at the same time.  Here are a few ways they can help:

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving with kidsInstead of (or in addition to) using colored markers to label each box, let the kiddos use colored stickers to help you label where each box goes.  When you’re unpacking, remember that the used cardboard will serve as great forts or coloring canvases for them!
  2. Turn packing into a game.  Send the kids on a scavenger hunt to help you pack specific items, and let them play Stuffed Animal Basketball with the boxes their toys will go into.
  3. Turn cleaning into a game!  While you clean the home for the next homeowners or your landlord, see which child can clean their assigned room the fastest, or clean the most windows.

And finally, if you decide you’re burnt out on packing or have a specific room that seems like it’ll be a pain to pack up, give us a call!  We can pack up as little or as much as you’d like to make your moving experience easy.  Visit us online, or call/text us at 615-248-6288 for a free quote.

Quick-and-Easy Cardboard Holiday Crafts

Five easy holiday crafts made from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

One of the best parts about this time of year is the anticipation of our big celebrations… While we wait for the party to begin, we can bake cookies, decorate the house, and get crafty! Since we at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK always have access to tons of moving boxes, we wanted to show you how to DIY some easy crafts with old cardboard you may have lying around your house. Also, all of these crafts are kid-friendly! (*Just be sure there’s an adult around to monitor any hot glue gun or crafting knife usage.)

Holiday Wreaths

Make a Christmas wreath out of an old moving box from TWO MEN AND A TRUCKMake a unique wreath in fifteen minutes with an old moving box!  Here’s what you’ll need:

A moving box
Craft/scrapbooking paper
Glue stick and scissors
Hole puncher
Ribbon
Crafting knife*

To make your holiday wreath, you’ll first need to trace two concentric circles onto the side of your flattened box. We used a plate and a bowl to trace our circles. Then cut out your wreath frame with a crafting knife.

Use your scissors to cut out holly leaves, small circles, or any other seasonal shape you like from your craft paper! Then glue your paper shapes around your cardboard wreath frame. Once your wreath is decorated, just punch a hole to string your ribbon, and presto! You have a unique, handmade wreath!

Personalized Gift Tags

Make special Christmas gift tags out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxesOne great part about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s moving boxes is that they’re white–perfect as a blank canvas! Here’s what you’ll need to make some special name tags for your presents this year:

A moving box
Paint and paintbrush
Hole Puncher
Ribbon
Crafting knife*

Simply trace your favorite holiday shapes onto clean, white parts of your moving box. Use your crafting knife to cut along the traced edges, and use paint to customize your name tags! You can use any type of marker to write the names of your gift recipients, as well as thoughtful notes to go along with your presents.

Holiday Card Display

Make a DIY Christmas card holder out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxInstead of having your holiday cards cover your refrigerator this year, why not display them in your entryway or living room? Here’s what you’ll need for this craft:

A large moving box
Ribbon
Mini clothespins
Felt (we used the kind with adhesive on the back)
Scissors
Hot glue gun*
Crafting knife*

Use your crafting knife to cut out fun holiday shape from your moving box. (If you’re creatively challenged like us, you can simply cut out a tall triangle with a rectangle at the bottom for a simple tree shape.) The apply your colored felt to the front of your tree or other shape and use scissors to trim the edges that hang off the sides.

Carefully wrap your ribbon around your cardboard tree, gluing it to the back of your box to hold it in place. Be careful not to wrap the ribbon too loosely, or your cards will weigh down the strand and cause it to sag in front. You can also glue an extra loop of ribbon to the back if you’d like to hang your tree from a wall! Then use your mini clothespins to hang your cards along the ribbon in front.

Modern Trees

Make a DIY Christmas display out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesThis one is especially fun for kids because of the lights involved! It’s another super easy display to create even for the craft-challenged. Here’s what you’ll need:

A couple moving boxes
Pencil/pen
String of Christmas lights
Crafting knife*

First, cut large, tall triangles out of your moving boxes. To create a piece with two dimensions and some visual contrast, we used the front and back of our boxes to create both brown and white trees.

Then have your child (or you!) poke some holes into the boxes with your pencil tip. Be sure to poke these from the “back” of the triangles so the lights will fit in easier. Then just push the tiny bulbs into each hole and set your trees against the wall you want to decorate. If you want to embellish your display, you can purchase some small greenery or other knick knacks to go along with your cardboard forest.

Versatile Garland

Make some holiday garland strings out of old TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesThis garland can be used in place of tinsel along your tree, hung from your holiday mantel, or used to add some DIY flair to your table centerpiece. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

Leftover cardboard scraps from the other crafts above
Ribbon
Hole puncher
Paint, sequins, or glitter glue
Crafting knife*

First, trace out the holiday shapes you want to include in your garland from your moving box pieces. You can trace holiday cookie cutters or just images you’ve printed from your computer. Carefully cut these out with your crafting knife.

Next, decorate your cut-outs in any way you please! You can make them colorful and fancy or keep them simple and classy. When you’re done decorating, use your hole puncher to help string your favorite ribbon through each piece.  Hang wherever you like in your house!


 

We hope you’ll have fun with these holiday crafts! If you need any moving (or crafting!) supplies, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288. You can also visit our website for help with your move or craft session. We even offer free delivery when you order $50 or more in moving supplies!

How to DIY a Snoopy Doghouse

How to make a Snoopy Doghouse out of moving boxes

Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville, we’re all about a fun DIY craft!  We especially love making crafts out of used moving boxes that we would otherwise have to throw away.  This time, we took inspiration from our Movers for Mutts charity campaign and made a Snoopy Doghouse.  Here’s how we did it:

Supplies

  • Two moving boxes (we used a Large and a Medium, but you can use whichever sizes you have available)
  • Packing tape
  • Black marker
  • Exacto-style knife*
  • Red spray paint*

*For these last two supplies, make sure to have an adult supervising children who make this craft!

Step 1 for building a Snoopy doghouse out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesStep 1: Cut out Snoopy’s doorway.

For this step, you’ll want to keep your box flattened on the floor to make tracing and cutting easy.  Pick one of the smaller sides of your box to be the “front” of the doghouse, and trace your arched doorway with a pencil.  Then use your crafting knife to cut the shape out.

Step 2: Cut a roof-shaped point in the front and back box flaps.

This step will also be easier if you leave your box flattened on the floor for now.  Using a yard stick or the edge of your second box, draw two diagonal lines starting from the bottom outer corners of each flap, ending at the midpoint of the top of the flap.  Then use your crafting knife to cut through these lines.

Step 3: Fold up Snoopy’s doghouse.

Now you’re ready to get the basic shape of your doghouse!  Fold up the bottom flaps and secure the edges with tape to hold them down.  These will make up the “floor” of the doghouse.  Next, tape the edges of your top flaps together.  Your doghouse should look nearly complete, and just a teeny bit leaky on top.

Step 4 of making a Snoopy Doghouse out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxStep 4: Make a roof with your second box.

Look at all sides of your second box, and decide which of the four side folds you’d like to serve as the top point of your roof.  Then use your crafting knife to cut off the non-adjacent sides of the box.  Fold and set the remaining two sides over your doghouse box to get an idea of what your roof will look like.  When we got to this step, we noticed that the roof was going to be much longer than we wanted, so we cut a few inches off the end.  Adjust your roof, too, to make it the size you want!

Step 5: Decorate!

The final productNow for the really fun part!  To decorate our Snoopy doghouse, we spray painted the outside walls and roof piece separately.  Then we used a permanent marker to add the “siding” and “roof slats,” and of course wrote in Snoopy’s name.  After all the coloring was done, we taped the roof piece down to the top to keep everything nice and secure.

That’s all!  This easy craft took us about two days to complete, just because we wanted to let paint completely dry between adding layers.  You can come see our Snoopy doghouse at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville booth at the upcoming Dog Day Festival on September 17th!  And to take some free, cute photos of your pooch next to (or inside!) our masterpiece, just bring a donation for our Movers for Mutts charity collection.


If you’re in need of moving supplies for your upcoming relocation–or for your upcoming DIY project–give us a call or text at 615-248-6288.  For more information about our moving services, check out our website here!

DIY Seasonal Wreath from Moving Boxes

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville teaches how to make a DIY seasonal wreath decoration out of used moving boxes.

For all the parents out there who are struggling to find fun, stimulating activities to occupy your kids ALL DAY LONG while they’re out of school this summer…  We feel your pain!  We love finding ways to use stuff we already have lying around the house to keep the kiddos entertained between trips to the pool and library.

Most recently, we came up with this super-simple DIY craft that is not only great for children, but also helps clean up any old moving boxes you have at home.  These easy wreaths can also be adjusted to fit every season!  So you can keep making this craft over and over again and come up with something different every time.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Supplies to make TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's DIY wreath decorationCardboard moving boxes
  • Seasonal craft paper, matching the time of year you’re making your wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbooking or photo glue
  • Hole puncher
  • Craft blade, like an exact-o knife (for parental use only!)

Step One:  Cut out your wreath’s shape from your moving boxes.

You can use a pencil to trace the edge of two different circular containers onto your cardboard to make concentric circles, or you can just wing it!  The great thing about this craft is that your cardboard shape doesn’t have to form a perfect circle because you’ll be covering it up anyway.  Use your craft blade to cut the wreath shape out of your cardboard.

Step Two:  Tie your ribbon as your “hook-hanger.”

Using your hole punch, cut a tiny hole in the part of your wreath that will serve as the “top.”  Then tie a piece of your ribbon through the hole to serve as the hanging loop that will hang on your door’s hook.  Though this step can be the last step of your craft if you so choose, doing it at the beginning can help you decide which way you want to place and rotate each piece of craft paper as you glue them to the wreath.

Leaf-shaped craft paper cut-outsStep Three:  Cut your craft paper into seasonal shapes.

We actually made both a summer and a Christmas-themed wreath when we tried out this craft!  We just cut circles of different sizes from our summer-themed craft paper, but we got a little more creative for our Christmas wreath.  These are the two types of leaf shapes we cut from our winter holiday paper.

Step Four:  Use your scrapbooking/photo glue to beautify your wreath!

This is the most fun part of the craft, and there’s no wrong way to go about gluing down your shapes!  Just be sure to use special scrapbooking or photo glue instead of regular school-style glue sticks.  Regular glue can sometimes fail to have the strength required to hold thick craft paper.

If you want to get really creative, add some stickers, glitter glue, or sequins to your creation!  And then check out our other DIY crafts, like our Plinko game or our cardboard castle!

Is your family getting ready to move this summer?  Be sure to give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for your free moving quote from Nashville’s Movers Who Care.

How to Store Holiday Decorations with Moving Supplies

how to store holiday decorations with moving supplies

We’re not just Nashville’s moving experts…  We’re also trained extensively on how to properly pack items that can be easily broken or damaged!  Let us share some of the knowledge we’ve picked up over our 20 years in business to help you pack up your Christmas decorations this year:

Dish pack boxes can be used to pack fragile ornaments.Use a dish box for your ornaments.

Our dish pack boxes are double-insulated on the outer wall, making them thicker than a regular cardboard box.  They also come with adjustable inserts that can be moved around to perfectly fit each of your ornaments.  Buying one of these boxes from us can save you the hassle of having to individually wrap each of your fragile Christmas ornaments!

Label every box in detail.

You don’t want to have to search through every box for a particular wreath or ribbon next year.  Be sure to stick a label on at least two sides of each box to remind yourself what items are inside.  You can make easy labels by writing on our packing tape with a Sharpie.  These DIY labels are easily readable on top of our white-colored boxes.

Wrap each string of lights and garland around a separate piece of cardboardKeep your lights and garlands separated.

One of the most frustrating parts of decorating each winter is having to untangle strings of lights and garland without damaging them.  Avoid this problem next year by properly storing those items this year.  You can repurpose your discarded gift wrapping supplies by carefully wrapping each string of lights and garland around a different empty gift wrap tube or piece of cardboard from a gift box.  Then create more separation by placing a sheet of our packing paper between each wrapped string as you stack them into a box.

Keep your linens fresh.

Many people keep special tablecloths and other linens just for the holiday season.  Be sure you take the time to fold them properly, and place a laundry room dryer sheet between each linen when you stack them into your box.  The dryer sheet will keep the linens smelling fresh and discourage moths from damaging them.  You should also store your linens in a waterproof box, instead of a traditional cardboard box, to keep moisture from getting in.

Create a wrapping station out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK wardrobe box!Use a dish box as a wrapping paper station.

You don’t have to buy an expensive gift wrap station from a craft store.  Our dish boxes are the perfect length for storing tubes of your holiday gift wrap, and you can arrange the inserts to the ideal size for all of your rolls!  You can also adjust the inserts to fit clothing boxes, gift bags, and bows.

Ask for help when you need it.

Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or check out our website if you need help moving and storing any larger or more delicate holiday decor pieces.  All of our movers are full-time, trained employees who handle fragile items every day, and we would be glad to give you a hand!

How to Make a Laptop Desk Out of Used Moving Boxes

How to Make a Laptop Stand Out of Used Moving Boxes

If you went to 12th & Broad’s Punctuate event last month, you probably saw our “Innovate Your Recycling” exhibit!  We featured some of the useful, crafty household items that you can make out of old moving boxes, instead of just throwing those boxes away.  One of those items was this awesome laptop desk for your office!  Here’s how you can make your own DIY laptop desk:

Measurements for the side of the laptop desk

Start with any moving box–I just used a small one.  You’ll want to cut out two of the above figures, plus three narrow strips that will be used to connect them.  If you’d like, you can click on the picture above to magnify it and see my measurements…  However, as long as you use this general shape, you can set your own measurements to fit your laptop.

Pieces needed to make the laptop stand

These are the pieces you should end up with.  Your next step is cutting the slits that will let you connect the pieces together.  The two sides of the stand (the pointy geometric figures) each have three slits–one in the center of the top side, and two near the ends of the bottom.  Each of the three narrow strips should have a slit cut near each end.  Again, you can click my figure above to magnify and see my measurements, but feel free to switch them up to what matches your laptop best.

DIY Laptop Desk made out of used moving boxes

Once you connect the pieces at their slits, this is what you’ll have!  I added a little hot glue to each connecting slit to give some extra stability, but that’s not necessary if you don’t feel like finding a hot glue gun.  Enjoy your new laptop stand!

Getting ready to move soon?  Check out our website for moving information, or give us a call at 615-248-6288 to schedule your move!

6 DIY Halloween Costumes You Can Make for Your Pet Out of Moving Boxes!

5 DIY Halloween Costumes You Can Make for your Pet out of Moving Boxes

Halloween is coming up, and if you’re like us, you probably already have your costume picked out down to the hair dye and the elbow-length gloves you’ll be wearing!  But have you thought about your pets yet?  If not, we’ve got you covered with these super simple DIY costume ideas for Fido and Fluffy!  All you need are some inexpensive collars and harnesses, a hot glue gun, and some leftover moving boxes.

Beanie Baby and Scooby Doo Halloween costumesOur Office Manager, Donald, has two dogs.  Hersh, the black dog on the left, is sporting an easy-to-make Beanie Baby tag on his collar.  And Jax, the caramel-colored rescue dog on the right, is “dressed up” as Scooby Doo!  We made these costumes with two dog collars we found at the Dollar Tree, ribbon, printed cut-outs of the “ty” tag and the Scooby Doo dog license, and, of course, a cardboard box.  All you need to do to make your own Beanie Baby and Scooby Doo costumes is trace the cut-out of each pendant onto the surface of your box.  Then, cut along the lines with an Exact-o knife to keep your edges clean.  Finally, hot-glue the cut-out images to line up with the edges of the cardboard cut-outs.  (With Scooby Doo’s tag, we actually cut out two cardboard pieces and glued them together to add more weight to the pendant.)  Each of these costumes only took about 10 minutes total to put together.

Cat in the Hat Halloween costumeYou can thank our General Manager, Nick, for having his cat model one of our ten-minute cat costumes for you!  Chandler is sporting a Cat in the Hat costume (with the Cat in the Hat’s signature bow tie).  He unfortunately wasn’t about to let us put this Sylvester costume on him, with a cartoonishly large Tweety bird dangling from the collar.  Sylvester Halloween cat costumeWe made the Sylvester costume exactly the same way that we made the Beanie Baby and Scooby Doo costumes above!  However, we decided to just draw the Cat in the Hat tie and cut the drawing out of cardboard to save the printing and gluing steps of that costume.  Again, each of these costumes took 10 minutes or less to make.  

Looking for more of a challenge?  We spent about half an hour making this taco costume for Jax and the flower costume for Hersh.  (Unfortunately, Jax wasn’t nearly as thrilled about the taco as he was about the Scooby Doo costume…so we couldn’t get a picture without him struggling!)  Jax wearing a Taco Halloween costumeWhile we used another Dollar Tree collar for the flower costume, Jax’s taco is made with a $5 harness from Walmart.  If you really want to up your moving box costume game, try covering the cardboard cut-outs for the taco with some soft fleece.  You can also change up petal shapes and colors to make a flower that goes well with your dog’s coat color.

I hope we’ve inspired you with our pet costume ideas!  Want some ideas for human DIY costumes?  Check out our three DIY Halloween costumes we made out of leftover moving boxes!

3 DIY Halloween Costumes You Can Make With a Leftover Moving Box!

Patricia modeling our Mayoral Ballot Box Halloween costumeHalloween is right around the corner, and store-bought costumes are sooo five years ago.  We have your inspiration for some fun DIY costumes you can make with used moving boxes, all modeled by our lovely sales staff!

Nashville Mayoral Ballot Box Halloween CostumeThe costume above is modeled by the beautiful Patricia, who just joined our sales team this past month!  Patricia is posing as a Nashville Mayoral Ballot Box, voting for our new mayor, Megan Barry.  You can make a ballot box look any way you want, but we used a Medium-sized box and some blue wrapping paper to start making ours.  We cut out some star shapes out of another box with an Exact-o knife, and then just used a red Sharpie to complete the patriotic color scheme!  The Ballot Box costume is very culturally relevant, since we just elected our first female mayor in Nashville, and the 2016 Presidential election is coming up soon!

Matthew in a Kleenex Box Halloween costumeMatthew has our next costume!  Matthew has been with our company as a Driver in the field for almost a year and a half, and he just recently transitioned into our office staff as an Inside Sales Representative.  But this obviously isn’t his normal uniform…  This is his homemade Tissue Box Halloween costume!  We cut holes in the box for his arms and head, then glued some white tissue paper around the neck to create his tissue crown.  We picked a well-known facial tissue brand to print, added some whimsical flower-y designs, and voila!  Another easy DIY costume completed!

Chris in a Fishtank Halloween costumeAnd last but not least, Chris is modeling our Fishtank Halloween costume!  Chris was a Driver for us for about a year before he joined our sales staff with Matthew.  His costume was the most complicated, but most rewarding, DIY costume we made this year.  To create the 3D effect, we cut out an inner rectangle that we taped to one of the box flaps that was cut off the top of the box costume.  This flap served as a “floor” on which we were able to glue some fish, a dolphin, and shells.  Then we covered the empty space in front with some shiny, translucent blue gift paper to give the appearance of water behind the glass wall.  This box only took about 15 minutes to put together!  Here’s a close-up of the actual “tank” opening:

Fishtank costume close-up

Now that you have your costume ready to go, it’s time to think about your pets…  Check out our 6 DIY pet Halloween costumes for inspiration!

And if you’re getting ready to move this fall, give us a call at 615-248-6288 or visit our website for a free moving quote!