Culture Holidays 10 Halloween Costumes Made of Cardboard By Kelly Ladd Kelly Ladd Writer University of Central Florida Before Ladd became a full-time artist, she was a parade performer at Disney World and an editor and prop stylist for Parenting magazine. Learn about our editorial process Updated October 24, 2019 From ballerina robots to pirates and butterflies, cardboard can be the base for some great costumes. Pink Sugar Photography / Alex and Alexa / MerMag Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Instead of purchasing a costume that you’ll just use once and toss this Halloween, recycle a piece of cardboard and make a costume for a fraction of the price. Here are 10 crafty costume ideas that are kid- and Earth-approved. Samurai warrior Samurai warrior Halloween costume. Scholastic This year, let your kid raid your neighborhood looking for candy as a samurai. Make this costume from Scholastic with recycled egg cartons and a cardboard box. Then use a paper plate and old party streamers to create the hat. Butterfly wings butterfly Halloween costume. MerMag Here's a great idea from MerMag. Cut a butterfly shape from cardboard. Then simply paint white shapes on it for a clean modern look. Attach the wings to your child using elastic strips from the craft/fabric store. Shark shark Halloween costume. Hello Wonderful Other kids are going to be scared to get into the water with this great white circling about. With this costume, created by Hello Wonderful, you won’t have to fish for compliments; they'll be swimming right to you. Paper doll paper doll Halloween costume. Classic Play To create this fun idea from Classic Play, start by cutting a dress shape out of a cardboard. Then wrap a ribbon around the neck and waist like an apron. Decorate the dress as glamorous or sweet as you’d like. Knight Warren King/My Modern Met Be brave, honest and fair when making this knight costume from My Modern Met. Your kid will definitely be the hit of the kingdom with this helmet and shield. Pink airplane pink airplane costume. Wills Casa Your child will be flying high (not just from the sugar) with this airplane costume from Wills Casa. The centerpiece is a box and more cardboard is attached to create the wings and propeller. Frankenstein Frankenstein Halloween costume. Scholastic Go classic with this costume designed by Scholastic. Use old tissue boxes as shoe covers and a box with toilet paper rolls for the head. Ballerina robot ballerina robot costume. Pink Sugar Photography Made by Pink Sugar Photography, this is one of the cutest little robots we’ve ever seen. Use dryer vents for the arms and legs, tissue boxes for the shoe covers and adorn with a tutu and a heart. Expect “oohs and ahhs” all along the trick-or-treat route. Pirate pirate Halloween costume. Alex and Alexa It’s a pirate’s life, all right, with this adorable cardboard pirate hat, created by Alex and Alexa. Pair it with a red-and-black striped shirt and black pants from your closet and the costume is done. Purse purse costume. Craft and Couture Using a cardboard box as a base and pleather fabric to cover it. You can make this chic costume from Craft and Couture for your little fashionista.