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Paw Patrol Halloween Boxtumes

It’s that time of the year again, Halloween time. It’s time to dust off those fun costumes and bring out the yummy treats. Whether you prefer tricks or treats, it’s a fun time for everyone in the family to get out to make some new friends and load up on delicious treats.

We, at Two Men And A Truck, love Halloween because we get to showcase and participate in our annual tradition of making boxtumes! What might you ask is a boxtume? Well, it’s a costume make out of our boxes, of course! This year, we decided to make the Paw Patrol gang, Marshall, Chase, and Rocky.

 

Materials needed for boxtumes:
• Two Men And A Truck medium boxes
Multi-colored construction papers
• Glue sticks or spray glue
• Scissors
• Crafting knife
• Spray paint
• Foil
• Ribbons

Steps to make the boxtumes:
• First, I found some templates for the badges and the wheels
• Next, I found some inspirations online for ideas on how to make each of their accessories.
• Then, I moved onto cutting and trimming all the accessories to prepare for each of the costumes.
• Subsequently, I cut out the boxes for fit a person inside.
• Finally, I glued the accessories onto the boxtumes and added ribbons for the shoulder straps.

We can’t wait to show them off at one of the local Trunk and Treat next Friday. Meet us at Our Savior Lutheran Academy, October 27th from 5PM-7PM. We can’t wait to meet you and give you some yummy treats!

For your boxtume needs, feel free to give us a call at 615-248-6288. We will even deliver the boxes you need right to your doorsteps for free! We would love to help you out with any boxes or moving needs to make your holidays stress-free! Check out our website for more information on other services we offer.

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.

Five Trunk-or-Treat events going on in Nashville this year

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK will be at four local Trunk or Treat events this year

Whether you won’t be in town for trick-or-treating on Halloween, your kids are too young to enjoy the house-to-house tradition, or you just want a safer option, Trunk or Treat events are very fun to attend every Halloween season!  At these events, community members will decorate their trunks to mimic different spooky themes, characters, movies, etc.  The most creative trunk hosts even have matching costumes and candy!

When it rained at last year's Trunk or Treat, we moved our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK treats inside!As a local Nashville business that uses our vehicles every workday, we love participating in Trunk or Treat events during the fall.  Here are five free Trunk or Treat events that we’ll be attending this year–and we hope to see you there!

Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 6-7 pm
St. Luke’s Community House is partnering with Emma Marketing to host this fun Trunk or Treat, plus they’ll have a Haunted House for more daring trick-or-treaters.

Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5-7 pm
Brightwood College is hosting their third annual Trunk or Treat, complete with a costume contest, games, and a haunted house!

Friday, Oct. 28 from 5-7 pm
Our Savior Lutheran Academy is planning an activity-packed Trunk or Treat event with the actual trunk-or-treating starting at 5:45 pm.  The rest of the event will be filled with cookie decorating, face painting, and a bounce house!

Saturday, Oct. 29 from 3-5 pm
Oasis Church is hosting a very tame Trunk or Treat, where no scary trunks are allowed!  You can bring even the youngest of trick-or-treaters to this event!

Monday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 pm
Bellevue United Methodist Church is planning its fourth annual Trunk or Treat this year, and they’re expecting a special guest appearance from the Chick-Fil-A truck and cow mascot!

Box costumes DIYDo you need some last-minute costume inspiration before you go Trunk or Treating?  Check out our super easy and inexpensive DIY Box Costume ideas!


Getting ready to move this fall?  Be sure to call, text, or email us for a free quote on your upcoming relocation!

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!

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!