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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!

Mother’s Day gifts you can make out of moving boxes

DIY Mother's Day Crafts you can make out of cardboard moving boxes

A question we run into a lot is what to do with moving boxes after your move is complete. We love getting creative to find new uses, like making this fun plinko game or dressing up for Halloween. But in honor of our Movers for Moms program, we wanted to show you a few ways to use some old moving boxes to make a Mother’s Day gift for the mom hero in your life!

Decorative Letters

Make a DIY Mother's Day gift out of moving boxes

This craft is very easy, and you can use the letters to make wall decor, a banner, or a door hanger.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A moving box
  • Crafting knife
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (only use with adult supervision!)

Make DIY Mother's Day crafts out of moving boxesStep One: Trace and cut out the letters you want to use.  We used “M – O – M,” but you may want to use your mom’s name or spell out “Happy Mother’s Day!”

Step Two: Use a dot of hot glue to secure the yarn to the top of each letter, and start wrapping! Occasionally add more dots of hot glue to keep the yarn straight.

Step Three: Add any extra decorations you want to use, such a charms, glitter, or ribbon.

Treat Toppers

Treat Toppers made out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat that shows your appreciation and love? We made these treat toppers for a cake, but you can use them for a stack of pancakes for breakfast in bed, cupcakes in your mom’s favorite flavor, or just about anything else!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A moving box
  • Crafting knife
  • Craft paper, plus any decorations you want to use
  • Toothpicks or small dowels (depending on the food these will go into)
  • Scissors and glue

cake toppers made from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesStep One: Cut out your flower shapes (or another shape, like hearts!) from the moving box. If you have cookie cutters in these shapes, those make great stencils.

Step Two: Cover the cardboard shapes in your craft paper, and decorate with markers, stickers, and glitter.

Step Three: Push your toothpick or dowel into the bottom of your cardboard shapes. If you’re using dowels, you may want to use a hot glue gun to place two shapes back-to-back around the dowel.

Step Four: Stick the toppers into your treats and surprise your mama!

Photo Frames

DIY Photo Frame made with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

We made these easy photo frames at our Movers for Moms Festival! We love them because they’re quick to make, inexpensive, and versatile. You can add some yarn at the top to turn them into door hangers, glue another piece of cardboard on the back so the frame will stand upright, or even stick an adhesive magnet on the back so the photo can stay on your fridge.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A moving box
  • Crafting knife
  • A sheet of patterned, adhesive shelf liner
  • Scissors

Step One: Trace a 6-inch by 8.5-inch rectangle onto your moving box. At one end, trace another rectangle within the larger one that has a 3/4″ space on three sides. (This smaller rectangle will be the window for your photo to peek through.)

Step Two: Carefully cut out the photo frame. Use your crafting knife to score down the center of the frame, where you’ll fold the frame in half to turn it into a 4″x6″ photo holder.

Step Three: Trace the shape of the frame onto the back of your shelf liner. Allow some extra space on the sides of the frame that will act as flaps to hold the frame together. Then cut out the shape from the shelf liner.

Step Four: Carefully peel off the back of the adhesive liner and stick it to the cardboard frame, using the two flaps to hold the frame together. Be sure to leave the top of the frame open so you can slide in a photo!

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 Make Two More Box Costumes!

Two more easy box costumes you can DIY with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxes

During October, you’ll find our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK employees making tons and tons of creative “boxtumes,” or costumes made from our moving boxes.  We love boxtumes because they recycle old moving boxes, help parents avoid spending tons of money on generic costumes, and allow children to get involved in personalizing their costumes.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's boxtumes were featured on News Channel 5's midday show Talk of the Town

In the past, we’ve made everything from an aquarium costume to a Pokemon-inspired Pikachu out of boxes.  But now we want to teach you how to make two more fun “boxtumes” for your kids or even yourself!  Our local CBS station, News Channel 5, loved these costume ideas so much that they featured us on their midday show Talk of the Town!

Barbie Doll Box

The final TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Barbie boxtumeEvery kid should feel beautiful enough to be a doll–so let your daughter dress up as one of the most timeless dolls out there!  To transform into Barbie, you’ll need:

  • Your favorite, most glamorous outfit
  • A box big enough to stand in (we used a Medium box for our 3-year-old model)
  • Material for arm straps (we used ribbon)
  • A printed “Barbie” logo
  • Pink craft paper, wrapping paper, or spray paint*
  • A crafting knife*
  • Packing tape and/or hot glue*

* Spray paint, crafting knives, and hot glue should only be used by adult DIY-ers!

Step One: Mark the rectangular panel that you’ll cut from the front of your box.  Make sure you leave a couple inches on each side to help keep your boxtume intact during trick-or-treating!

Make a Barbie costume for Halloween out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxStep Two: Print and cut out your “Barbie” logo on a piece of cardstock paper.  Then trace the logo onto your box, centered near the bottom.  Make sure at least part of the logo overlaps with the bottom edge of your box, or it will be very hard to attach the “floating” section to the edge!

Step Three: Use your crafting knife to cut out the rectangular panel.  Don’t worry about cutting into your traced Barbie silhouette–we’ll reattach that later!  Once the rectangular panel is cut out, carefully cut the traced edge of your logo from the panel.  Use your packing tape to secure it back to the edge of your box from the front and back of the logo shape.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK box costumeStep Four: Prep your box for the arm straps that you’ll use to hold the box up when either you or your child is ready to get dressed.  There are many ways you can attach arm straps, but we used our craft knife made two vertical slits near the center of the back of the box.  We also kept the slits narrow so our ribbon wouldn’t slide around once we secured it inside.

Step Five: Time to wrap!  There’s no right or wrong way to do this, so long as you paper your inside with a simple pattern and the outside with a solid pink.  We did our best to minimize seams by using as few sheets of paper as possible.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's Barbie Box CostumeStep Six: Carefully poke through both layers of your craft or wrapping paper at the places where your arm strap slits lie underneath.  Then slide your straps into place and secure with packing tape or hot glue.

You can also use these steps to make a G. I. Joe, Monster High, or any other doll brand that your son or daughter might like to dress as for Halloween.

LEGO Man

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's LEGO man boxtume featured on News Channel 5's Talk of the Town showAnother fun and easy costume is a LEGO block or person!  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A box about the size of the wearer’s torso (we used a Small box for our 4-year-old model)
  • Six or seven round objects, such as round tupperware containers or paper bowls
  • Your favorite color of craft paper, wrapping paper, or spray paint*
  • If you want to add a LEGO head to your boxtume, you’ll also need a square box that’s a little larger than the wearer’s head and some yellow craft paper, wrapping paper, or spray paint*
  • A crafting knife*
  • Packing tape and/or hot glue*

* Spray paint, crafting knives, and hot glue should only be used by adult DIY-ers!

Step One: Figure out which sides of your box will end up being the top of your boxtume, the front, and the sides.  Once you have that situated, go ahead and cut out your arm holes from the two sides.  This is much easier to do while your box is still flat!

Step Two: Tape up your box and carefully cut a large head hole in the top.  Be generous with this one, because you won’t want the wearer to have a cardboard edge against their neck all night.  Also be sure that your costume-wearer can walk easily in their boxtume by cutting off any unneeded length at the end of the sides.  (Since our wearer was a short child, we just ended up cutting off all the folding flaps at the “bottom” of our boxtume!)

Step Three: Time to wrap!  When it comes to your box, just act like you’re wrapping a giant present for Christmas.

How to make a LEGO Boxtume out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxStep Four: Next come the bowls or tupperware you’ll be using to make the little bumps found on top of a LEGO piece.  If you’re using colored paper to decorate these, you’ll want to cut out a square for each bowl, allowing your squares to have a radius about 2-3 inches wider than the bowls.  Use packing tape to adhere the smaller side of your bowl to the back side of your paper square.  Then cut your paper into a starburst shape around the bowl.  Tape the end of each strip of your paper square to the top of your bowl, so you can see the colored side of your paper start to cover the bowl on the outside.  Repeat this process until you have six round, colored bumps to add to your costume!  Attach six of these to the front of your costume with either packing tape or hot glue.

Step Five: These next steps are optional if you’d like to create a LEGO head for your costume.  Take your flat, square box and trace eyes and a mouth onto the side you’ll use as the front of your mask.  Then use your crafting knife to cut out these pieces!

Step Six: Cut off the flaps at the bottom of your square box–otherwise you won’t be able to fit your head inside!  Then tape up the rest of the box to give it shape.

LEGO box costume made out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxStep Seven: Almost done! Wrap your mask in yellow paper (or color with spray paint) the same way you did with your main boxtume body.  Then wrap your final bowl or tupperware piece with yellow paper and secure to the top of your mask.


Do you need some boxes–er, craft supplies to make your Halloween boxtume?  Call or text us at 615-248-6288 to order some!  You can also visit our website for information about our moving services.

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.


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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!

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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!

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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!