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October 12, 2022

Crafts with Cardboard: Halloween Edition

Whether you have recently moved yourself or hired a Chicago moving company, one thing's for sure: you’ve got a lot of boxes to move! A great way to help get rid of leftover boxes is to seek creative ways to use them. If you have kids, utilizing the boxes as building materials or decorations with them is a fun family activity. So get those old boxes, gather the family, and let’s build some spooky crafts to prepare for Halloween!


Dice Halloween Costume

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This is an entertaining and simple costume, especially as a pair! Here is what you will have to have:

Materials:

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

Instructions:

  1. Paint the boxes white, let them dry.
  2. CAREFULLY! Cut out a hole in the top and sides of the boxes, for the head and arms.
  3. Search for something circular to use as a stencil. A plate or jar will work great!
  4. Draw circles onto the box and paint them. Or, trace circles on black paper and glue them down to the box.

Castle Archway

Corrigan Moving Castle Archway From Moving Boxes

Looking to totally level up your decorations? Make an archway! These can be easily painted and built to match any style!

Materials:

  • 6 Large (4.5) Moving Boxes
  • Wardrobe box or mattress box (Many movers remove these larger boxes for your comfort. If your move is coming up, be sure to request your moving company not to take away these large boxes!)
  • Spray Paint (Whatever colors match your theme)
  • Tape
  • Scissors or Box Cutter

Instructions:

  • Assemble the 6 large moving boxes. Color them as you wish. We used a mixture of gray and black to produce a stone and brick look.
  • When those are drying, trace your wanted pattern on the flattened mattress or wardrobe carton. This will be for the top part that connects the two stacks of moving boxes (pillars) together.
  • Employing a box cutter or scissors, BE CAREFUL! Take off that design.
  • Paint and decorate the top connecting pieces.
  • When it’s dry, stack the large moving boxes on each other to make two columns. Attach tape to all of the joints. Color the tape for a clean appearance.
  • Tape the top connecting part to the front and top of the two pillars.

*Tip- Add bricks or books to the inner part of the bottom moving boxes to improve stability and support to your build.


Semi-Truck Photo Booth

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This project is certain to make you the envy of the neighborhood! And on top of that, this one looks much more complicated than it really is! This build is perfect to enable little ones to get in and out of the “truck cab”, while facilitating cute pictures from the front. This can be easily decorated and painted to appear like any hero or villain’s car, delivery truck, or favorite Chicago moving company rig!

Materials:

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

Instructions:

  • Gather and color the wardrobe boxes and medium boxes in your chosen color.
  • Start by taping the wardrobe boxes to each other. Then trace where the outside doors and windshield will go. CAUTIOUSLY! Cut out the doors and windshield using scissors or a box cutter.
  • Take the large cardboard rectangle that you cut out for the doors to create the front grill. Paint that part of cardboard black. Use silver tape or paint to make lines to give the look of the truck grill.
  • Position the two medium boxes in front of the wardrobe boxes, to create the front of the truck.
  • Color or paint the paper plates with black paint or markers. Utilize either silver tape or paint to make the wheels. Connect to the flanks with tape.
  • Cover the paper towel rolls with aluminum foil or silver paint. Wrinkle up the tissue or packing paper and stuff the top of the roll to create the appearance of exhaust coming out of the pipes. Tape to the top back of the wardrobe boxes.
  • We placed a tablecloth and folding table behind the wardrobe boxes to make the trailer for the truck. You can do something like this to match your aesthetic and design as needed!
  • Attach add-ons like lights and horns to put it over the top!

Spooky Coffin Decoration

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Moving Box Pieces for Coffin Decoration Assembled Moving Box Coffin Pieces

Make the spookiest 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 scary prop!

Materials:

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

Instructions:

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

No Tricks, Only Treats With Corrigan!

As a family owned and operated Chicago moving company, we pride ourselves on moving ghouls and goblins from all across the world. Are you a warlock that needs a moving company to delicately make sure your fragile items like taxidermy (Norman Bates can call our competitors!), your cursed self-playing organ, and oil paintings where the eyes follow you? Or perhaps you are a troll desiring to be resettled from the belly of one bridge to another? Even if you are settling in the swamp on the outskirts of the town, Corrigan will take outstanding care of you and your possessions. Connect with us right now for your free, no-obligation in-haunt or online move consultation.