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October 12, 2022

Crafts with Cardboard: Halloween Edition

Whether you have recently moved yourself or hired a Ann Arbor moving company, one thing is certain: you own a lot of boxes laying around! A good way to clear out extra boxes is to seek creative ways to use them. Especially if you have kids, using the boxes as decorations or building structures with them is an excellent family activity. So find those old boxes, gather everyone, and let’s create some scary crafts to prepare for Halloween!


Dice Halloween Costume

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This is an entertaining and simple costume, even more so as a pair! Here’s what you’ll have to have:

Materials:

  • Two Medium (3.0) Moving Boxes
  • White Paint
  • Black Paint or Construction Paper
  • Scissors or Box Cutter

Steps:

  1. Color the boxes white, and leave them dry.
  2. BE CAREFUL! Cut out a hole in the top and sides of the boxes, for the head and arms.
  3. Locate something circular to use as a stencil. A bowl or jar will work great!
  4. Trace circles onto the box and paint them. Or, draw and cut circles on black paper and glue them down to the box.

Castle Archway

Corrigan Moving Castle Archway From Moving Boxes

Trying to really kick up your decorations? Make an archway! Archways can be simply painted and constructed to match any style!

Materials:

  • Six Large (4.5) Moving Boxes
  • Mattress or wardrobe box (A lot of movers take away these larger boxes for your ease. If your relocation is approaching, make sure to ask your moving company not to take away these large boxes!)
  • Spray Paint (Whatever colors match your style)
  • Tape
  • Scissors or Box Cutter

Instructions:

  • Collect the 6 large moving boxes. Color them however you want. We utilized a mix of black and gray to create a brick and stone appearance.
  • As those are drying, trace your chosen design on the flattened wardrobe or mattress carton. This will be for the top part that bridges the two stacks of moving boxes (pillars) together.
  • Employing scissors or a box cutter, CAREFULLY! Cut out that design.
  • Paint and decorate the top joining pieces.
  • When it’s dry, pile the large moving boxes one above another to create two pillars. Add tape to all of the seams. Color the tape for a clean appearance.
  • Tape the top bridge part to the front and top of the two pillars.

*Tip- Add bricks or weights to the inside of the bottom moving boxes to add stability and support to your project.


Semi-Truck Photo Booth

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This project is guaranteed to make you the envy of the neighborhood! And on top of that, this one looks much harder than it really is! This build is ideal to let kids to enter and exit the “truck cab”, while permitting cute pictures from the front. This can be easily decorated and painted to appear like any superhero or villain’s vehicle, delivery truck, or favorite Ann Arbor moving company rig!

Materials:

  • Two Wardrobe Boxes
  • 2 Medium (3.0) Moving Boxes
  • Two Paper Plates
  • 2 Paper Towel Rolls
  • Aluminum Foil or Silver Paint
  • Tissue Paper or Packing Paper
  • Box Cutter or Scissors
  • Tape
  • Spray Paint (whatever colors match your theme)
  • Folding Table and Tablecloth (Optional)

Instructions:

  • Gather and paint the wardrobe and medium boxes in your chosen color.
  • Begin by taping the wardrobe boxes together. Then draw where the doors and windshield will go. BE CAREFUL! Take off the doors and windshield using box cutters or scissors.
  • Take the large cardboard rectangle that you removed for the doors to create the front grill. Color that part of cardboard black. Use silver tape or paint to make lines to give the look of the truck grill.
  • Put the two medium boxes in front of the wardrobe boxes, to produce the front of the truck.
  • Paint or color the paper plates with black paint or markers. Utilize either silver paint or tape to make the wheels. Connect to the flanks with tape.
  • Cover the paper towel rolls with aluminum foil or silver paint. Scrunch up the packing paper or tissue and stuff the top of the roll to create the look of exhaust exiting out of the pipes. Tape to the top rear of the wardrobe boxes.
  • We placed a tablecloth and folding table behind the wardrobe boxes to create the trailer for the truck. You can do something like this to match your theme and design accordingly!
  • Attach ornamentation like lights and horns to put it over the top!

Spooky Coffin Decoration

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Make the scariest home for your little vampire’s eternal slumber by transforming a wardrobe box! This coffin is an excellent photo station, or attach a skeleton to make a spooky prop!

Materials:

  • Wardrobe Box
  • Scissors or Box Cutter
  • Tape
  • Spray Paint (whatever colors match your concept)

Instructions:

  • While laid out on a flat surface, draw the design of your coffin. This will be the back/interior of the coffin.
  • With box cutters or scissors, CAREFULLY! Cut out the shape of that coffin.
  • Cut one side of the wardrobe off. Then, cut two strips lengthwise from that potion (shown above). These will make the side pieces. You can create them as wide as you’d like, in the pictures, ours are approximately 10-12 inches wide.
  • Tape the sides to the rear piece.
  • Paint and decorate!

No Tricks, Only Treats With Corrigan!

As a family owned and operated Ann Arbor moving company, we are proud of moving ghouls and goblins from all across the world. Are you a witch who requires a moving company to carefully take care of your treasured items like taxidermy (Norman Bates can call our competitors!), your cursed self-playing organ, and artwork where the eyes follow you? Or probably you are a troll desiring to be relocated from the bottom of one bridge to another? Even if you’re settling in the swamp on the outskirts of the town, Corrigan will take outstanding care of you and your possessions. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation in-haunt or virtual move consultation.

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