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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!

DIY Halloween Costumes made of Moving Boxes

It’s almost time for Halloween, and for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, that means it’s boxtume time!  What’s a boxtume?  It’s our version of a Halloween costume, made out of recycled moving boxes.  This year, we made three fun costumes, and we want to teach you how to make them too!

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Pikachu

To make a Pikachu costume, you’ll need:

  • A moving box (we used a Small box, but you’ll want to use a Medium if you’re making an adult costume)
  • Headband
  • Decorating supplies (we just used markers)
  • Packing tape or hot glue gun*
  • Yellow wrapping paper or spray paint*
  • Crafting knife, such as an Exacto knife*

*Hot glue gun, spray paint and crafting knife use should always be monitored by an adult!

Step One:  Cut your box down to the correct size for the boxtume wearer.  This part of the project will require your discretion about the wearer’s size.  For our boxtume model, we were able to make a cut all the way down the middle of the “back” of our box, fold the sides down to a width that felt comfortable to him, and then tape the back together by overlapping the two sides of the original “back.”  You can choose to use our overlap-and-tape method, or you can choose to just cut out your wearer’s overlapping panel and tape the new edges together in back.

Step Two:  Pencil in lines that you’ll use to cut head and arm space into your box.  Instead of fully removing the top folding flaps of our box, we actually left part of the two “side” flaps on our box to serve as “sleeves.”  Taping these partial flaps down to the top edges of the box also helps provide stability to the box’s shape.  Then we traced the opening of a big cup for our arm holes.  Finally, we made a small, vertical cut into the back of the box that we eventually used to hold Pikachu’s tail.

Step Three:  Cut out your Pikachu ears for your headband.  To reinforce the strength of your ears, trace a mirror image of each ear and cut out each ear plus its mirrored image in a single piece of cardboard.  Color the ears, or wrap them in your yellow paper.  Then fold the ears over your headband, with the headband resting in between each ear and its mirrored image, and tape/hot glue the ears to their mirrored images.  Now Pikachu’s ears will stay perked up all night long!

Step Four:  Cut out your tail, leaving extra length at the base to tuck into your box’s tail slit.  After decorating the tail and “body” to perfection, carefully slide the tail into the back of your main “body” box and secure with tape or hot glue.  Your tail should also be ready for a long evening of trick-or-treating!

Step Five:  Get ready to fill up your candy bag!  To really commit to the act, dress in a long-sleeved yellow shirt, yellow pants, and yellow slippers under your boxtume.  (Or use our shortcut and buy an inexpensive pair of cleaning gloves.)  You can also add some red Pikachu cheeks with some fun face paint or washable marker.

Hank the Septopus

How to make a Hank the Septopus costume out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving box

To make Dori’s friend, you’ll need:

  • Two moving boxes (we used a Day-of-Move box for the main “body”, but you’ll want to use a Small if you’re making it for an older child or a Medium if you’re making it for an adult)
  • Decorating supplies
  • Packing tape or hot glue gun*
  • Orange wrapping paper or spray paint*
  • Crafting knife, such as an Exacto knife*

*Hot glue gun, spray paint and crafting knife use should always be monitored by an adult!

Step One:  Cut your box down to the correct size for the boxtume wearer.  This part of the project will require your discretion about the wearer’s size.  For our boxtume model, we were able to make a cut all the way down the middle of the “back” of our box, fold the sides down to a width that felt comfortable to him, and then tape the back together by overlapping the two sides of the original “back.”  You can choose to use our overlap-and-tape method, or you can choose to just cut out your wearer’s overlapping panel and tape the new edges together in back.

Step Two:  Pencil in lines that you’ll use to cut head and arm space into your box.  Instead of fully removing the top folding flaps of our box, we actually left part of the two “side” flaps on our box to serve as “sleeves.”  Taping these partial flaps down to the top edges of the box also helps provide stability to the box’s shape.  Then we traced the opening of a cup for our arm holes.

septopus2Step Three:  Cut out Hank’s tentacles.  The costume wearer’s arms will actually become two of Hank’s tentacles, so you’ll only need to cut out five more from your second box.  We traced out curly-shaped tentacles, but yours can really be any shape you want!  Once you cut out the tentacles, make five slits in the sides of your “body” box where you’ll attach them.

Step Four:  Turn everything orange!  To make things easy, we just spray-painted our costume pieces orange.  However, if you prefer, you can also cover the costume in orange wrapping paper or craft paper instead.

Step Five:  Make your final touches.  Go ahead and attach Hank’s tentacles to his body by carefully slipping the tentacles into their slits.  We secured our tentacles further with hot glue, but you could also use packing tape.  Remember that the costume wearer’s arms act as two of Hank’s tentacles, so we recommend wearing a long-sleeved orange shirt underneath the boxtume.  You’re all set to collect some treats!

Presidential Election Ballot Box

Make a 2016 Presidential Election ballot box costume out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving box!

To show your national pride, you’ll need:

  • A moving box (we used a Small box, but you’ll want to use a Medium if you’re making it for an adult)
  • Arm straps (we used patriotic scarves, but you could also use cords or ribbon)
  • Decorating supplies
  • Packing tape or hot glue gun*
  • Red or blue wrapping paper or spray paint*
  • Crafting knife, such as an Exacto knife*

*Hot glue gun, spray paint and crafting knife use should always be monitored by an adult!

Step One:  Cut your box down to the correct size for the boxtume wearer.  This part of the project will require your discretion about the wearer’s size.  For our boxtume model, we were able to make a cut all the way down the middle of the “back” of our box, fold the sides down to a width that felt comfortable to him, and then tape the back together by overlapping the two sides of the original “back.”  You can choose to use our overlap-and-tape method, or you can choose to just cut out your wearer’s overlapping panel and tape the new edges together in back.

ballot box3Step Two:  Trim your box to shape it the way you like.  Now that we have electronic voting machines, ballot boxes mainly serve as symbols of the democratic process.  Fortunately for you, that leaves a lot of room for personal preference while your make your boxtume!  We wanted our ballot box to look more cubical than rectangular, so we cut off all of the box flaps except for the top “front” flap.  We used triangular cut outs from the two top “side” flaps to add stability to our tilted ballot slot in front.  But again, cut your box into the shape you want your ballot box to have!

Step Three:  Cut one or two small slits into each of the “arm sides” of your box to prep for arm straps.  Then, decorate your ballot box to your heart’s content before attaching the arm straps.  Starting with one side of the box, slip each end of your strap material into one of the small slits you made.  If you’ve used two slits on each side, decide how long you need to make the strap to keep the boxtume wearer comfortable, and then tie the two loose ends inside the box.  Cut the extra length off the tied ends.  We only used one slit on each side, and then tied the scarves up behind our costume wearer’s neck.

Step Four:  Get ready to fill up your candy bag!  To really commit to the act, dress in a red, white, and blue shirt, pants, and shoes under your boxtume.  You can also add face paint, a fun hat or wig, and anything else you think would show off your American spirit!

Boxtumes 2016

Win a DIY “Boxtume” Supply Kit!

This month, we’re partnering with our friends at Mix 92.9 to give away free supply kits that you can use to make your own “boxtume” at home!  These kits will include everything you need to make one of the three costumes described in this blog post.  To enter a drawing to win, you can attend any October event that the Mix 92.9 team will be visiting.  Find the big, blue Mix 92.9 tent to fill out your contest entry form!

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!

4 DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts from Moving Boxes

Valentines Day Crafts by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

Show your love this Valentine’s Day by creating easy homemade crafts and decorations! Making homemade crafts can be a fun and inexpensive family activity. These crafts are all upcycled from old moving boxes, meaning all you really need is craft paper, glue and stickers, and you’re ready to go. If you are in need of boxes, we are here to help! Our office offers a variety of boxes tailored to your needs that can be purchased at your Nashville location!

Below are four easy, do-it-yourself Valentine’s Day craft tutorials!

Kid’s Valentine’s Day card box

DIY Valentine's Day kids card box by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

Personalize your child’s Valentine’s Day card box for their school party by using one of our Truckie’s Treasure Chest boxes. These boxes are simple to assemble and have handles to make for easy transportation to and from school. You can purchase this at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location or order one online for just a few bucks!

Supplies: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK supplies for Valentine's Day kids' card box DIY craft

1 Truckie’s Treasure Chest box
Craft paper
Stickers
Hot glue gun
Box cutter
Scissors

Step 1: Assemble your box and place the handles into the open spaces on the side. Next, use a box cutter to make a slot on the top for Valentines to be dropped in.

Step 2: Have your child cover the box in craft paper of their choice. Use a hot glue gun or tape to secure the paper to the box.

Step 3: It’s time to personalize! Let your child personalize their card box with stickers, paper hearts, ribbon, and anything else they wish.

 

Sweetheart garland

Valentine's Day sweetheart garland by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville
Spruce up your home by creating a classic conversation heart garland to hang in your home. I’m in love with how this turned out!

Supplies:

1 small TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® box
Acrylic craft paint
Sponge paint brushes
Red stickers or a red marker
Ribbon
Box cutter
Hole punch
Heart stencils
Pencil

Step 1: To make this simple, we decided to do a quick online search and print heart stencils. Trace as many hearts as you’d like to have on your garland and use your box cutter to carefully cut them out.

Step 2: Now that your cardboard hearts are cut out, it’s time to paint. We stuck to the classic candy heart colors but your options are endless! Also, I would recommend doing two coats of paint for the best results.

Step 3: After the paint is fully dry, use your hole punch on each side of the heart. String your ribbon through the holes and behind each heart to put your garland together. At the back of the first and last heart, tie a knot in the ribbon to keep them from slipping off.

Step 4: Use your creativity and think of fun sayings to put on each heart! We used red stickers for accuracy and to save time but a red permanent market can work just as well.

 

Valentine’s Day door wreath
DIY Valentine's Day door wreath from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxes

Greet your guests with love by creating a paper heart door wreath!

Supplies:Valentine's Day door wreath supplies

1 small box
Craft paper
Sticker letters
Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Pencil
Scissors
Box cutter

Step 1: Trace a large circle onto your box with a second circle inside it. Use your box cutter to cut out the inside circle as well as the large circle, leaving you with a base for your wreath. Keep in mind this does not have to be perfectly shaped and it is okay to have jagged edges as you will be covering it up.

Step 2: Cut out various sized hearts from your craft paper and begin gluing them down to your cut out circle. Continue doing this until you are satisfied with your wreath.

Step 3: We added a “LOVE” banner to the top to make it extra festive. After you are happy with the look of your wreath, use your hot glue gun to secure ribbon to the back of your wreath.

 

Tic-tac-toe board

DIY Valentine's Day tic -tac-toe board by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

A fun twist on a classic game can entertain your kids for hours … okay, maybe 15 minutes but you have to admit, it is fun!

Supplies:

1 small box (Or a remaining side from the box used in previous crafts)
Colored paper
Glue
Marker
Scissors

Step 1: Cut a large heart out to act as your tic-tac-toe game board. Cover this heart in colored paper.

Step 2: Cut smaller hearts out of craft paper in two separate colors. You will want to cut 5 hearts in each color.

Step 3: Draw your board game lines onto the heart and play!

If you liked our Valentine’s Day crafts and you’re hungry for more DIY projects, follow our Pinterest board on Reusing Moving Boxes!

If you need information on moving or would like a free estimate, visit our website or give our office a call at 615-248-6288!

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!

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!