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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!

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!

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!

How to Make a DIY Plinko Game With Moving Boxes

Plinko game

This weekend, we’ll be at the Nashville Humane Association’s annual Dog Day festival in Centennial Park!  The festival takes place on the last day of our Movers for Mutts campaign, and we want to go out with a bang.  So we built a Movers for Mutts Plink-O game for our festival booth.  Anyone who makes a donation of $1 or more to Movers for Mutts will get a chance to win some great prizes from our Plink-O.

But we didn’t just go out and buy a Plink-O board…  We made one out of one of our moving boxes!  And you can make your own DIY Moving Box Plink-O game too.  Here’s how we did it:

Wardrobe boxFirst, you’ll want to collect your materials.  The essentials are a box (I used a wardrobe box, but you can use smaller boxes for smaller games), an Exact-O knife, packing tape, golf pegs, and some sort of disc (I used some leftover round container lids).  If you want to make your game more sturdy and fancy, you’ll want a glue gun and some craft supplies like construction paper, glitter, and paint.

Map out your trianglesNext, you’ll want to start measuring out your peg placement.  It’s important to mark where you want your pegs to pierce the cardboard before you start shaping your game, because right now your box is nice and flat on the floor.  The goal is to have your peg marks form the corners to invisible equilateral triangles.  Decide on the length of each triangle side based on the size of your disc.  You’ll want your disc to be able to fit inside each invisible triangle without having too much extra space around the circumference of the disc.  For my game, I used triangles with 5-in. sides.

Pro Tip: To keep your triangles and peg marks even, cut out the correct sized triangle from another piece of paper or cardboard.  You can move this real triangle around the box to mark its corners with peg marks.

Cut the sides to create a tiltYour third step is cutting an angle into the sides of your box to create a tilt for the Plink-O surface.  To do this, first decide where you want the Plink-O board to begin and end.  (I kept it simple and had my Plink-O game begin at the top crease of the box where the flap begins, and end at the bottom crease where the other flap begins.)  Then measure and mark the center point of the top of your Plink-O board on the side of the box adjacent to your peg marks.  (In my photo above, the peg marks are drawn on the side of the box with our company logo, so the adjacent side is the one with the arrows.)  Trace a line from that midpoint on top, down to the bottom corner touching your Plink-O board.

Perfect!  Now repeat the process with the other side of the box that is adjacent to the Plink-O board.  Draw a line from the midpoint of the top of the adjacent side, down to the bottom corner touching the board.  Then cut out the triangles that are formed by these lines.

Tape three sides of the boxNow you can tape up the back and two sides of your Plink-O game.  Tape the sides just like you’re taping a normal moving box.  The only side that will be taped up differently is your Plink-O board.

Bottom of the boxTape the bottom of your Plink-O board face into the three box sides.  Afterward, you’ll flip the board face up and tape the sides of the board to the diagonal sides of the box.

Taped-together Plink-O gameThis is what your box should look like when you tape the Plink-O face on the sides.  It’s a normal box, except the Plink-O board is tilted so the disc will slide down toward the prizes at the end!

Golf pegsNow you’ll put in your golf pegs.  To do this, I laid my box down on the ground with the Plink-O board face-up.  Since I used a wardrobe box, there were two levels of corrugated cardboard to poke through.  I used the golf peg to first poke through only the initial layer; then I used a hot glue gun to fill this small hole with hot glue before pushing the peg all the way through both levels of cardboard.  I used hot glue to keep the golf pegs super secure, but you won’t need to do this if you’re just using the Plink-O game for indoor fun or one-time use.

Final Plink-O gameFinally, decorate!  I used dog biscuits to line the sides of my Plink-O board so the disc won’t fall out of the pegged area.  You can use anything to border your board, based on the theme of the backyard party or indoor get-together you’re planning.  I also added pictures of our prizes in each of the four landing spots at the bottom of the board, but you can add numbers that represent points or your own versions of prizes.

I made this Plink-O game to help raise awareness for our Movers for Mutts program.  All donations will go directly to the Nashville Humane Association.  Thank you for your support!

Need information about our moving services or packing supplies?  Check out our website or give us a call at 615-248-6288!

How to Make a Cat Home Out of Moving Boxes

Nick's cat

As part of our Movers for Mutts campaign, we’re blogging about your pets all summer long!  This week, we want to introduce you to our General Manager Nick’s cat, Chandler!  Like most cats, Chandler prefers playing in cardboard boxes to the fancy cat trees Nick and his wife buy for him…  So we made a DIY cat home out of some of our moving boxes.  Here’s how you can make a home out of your cat’s favorite material while simultaneously reusing some of your old moving boxes:

Chandler’s cat home fits an average-sized kitty, and I used one Large moving box and one Small moving box to make the home.  I also used an Exacto knife, a Sharpie, and tape.

Step One: Measure the sides of your triangle.Step One: Draw your triangle.

I used a yardstick to trace the sides of this triangle.  We’ll be making an isosceles triangle (two sides are the same size) with the base and height each measuring 18 inches.  If your cat is larger or smaller than the average cat, you’ll want to adjust this measurement as needed.

Step Two: Trace the sides of the triangle cut-out to make three more triangles of the same shape.Step Two: Trace your first triangle to make three more of the same size.

Cut those triangles out, and you have the four sides of your cat home.

Step ThreeStep Three: Measure a square.

Each side needs to be the 18 inches (or the same length as the base and height of your triangles).  I found it easier to keep my lines perpendicular to one another by placing one side along a crease in the box.

Step FourThis is what you should have cut out at this point.

If you want to make your cat home fancier than mine, you can use a staple gun to cover these surfaces with your favorite fabric, or use double-sided tape to cover them with patterned scrapbook paper or gift wrap.

Step FourStep Four: Cut a hole in the front side of your cat home.

Remember that the bottom of the front side will be the shortest side of the triangle.  The bottom of my hole is 1.5 inches from the base of the triangle, but you can place your hole further up if you want to make your cat work to get into his new hideout.

Step FiveStep Five: Tape your triangles to the floor of the cat home.

Be sure that you only tape the base (the shortest side) of each triangle to the square floor.

Step SixStep Six: Start taping the sides together.

I didn’t want tape showing on the outside of my cat home, so I taped up one side at a time.  If you want to include a cushion in the bottom of your cat home, now would be the time to place it in the bottom.  Once you have all four sides taped together, you (obviously) won’t be able to fit it in.

Final ProductYou’re Done!

If you want to reinforce the strength of the home’s sides, you can add one strip of tape to the back two corners.

Thanks for reading!  If you want to help us support the cats and dogs at the Nashville Humane Association, click here to find out how to get involved with Movers for Mutts.  If you need information about our moving services or packing supplies, check out our website or give us a call at 615-248-6288!