Honest Halloween: DIY Cardboard TV Set Costume

Honest Halloween: DIY Cardboard TV Set Costume

Cardboard box turned classic costume. Watch our own Honest Sarah (and here adorable helper, Sydney!) DIY this week's upcycled Halloween idea, then check out the step-by-step instructions. It's so easy its spooky!


  • Large Diaper Bundle box
  • Box cutter
  • 1 paper plate (to trace hole for head)
  • gummy vitamin lids 
  • 2 cleaner concentrate lids (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Black marker
  • Rainbow gel filters
  • Scissors
  • Black duct tape
  • Clear packing tape
  • White foam poster board
  • Battery powered twinkle lights


Suggested Clothing

  • Black long sleeved shirt
  • Black pants


  1. Cut the bottom off the box and set the extra pieces aside.
  2. Create holes for your child’s head and arms. Use a small paper plate to trace circles on the top and sides of the box. Cut the circles out with the box cutter.
  3. To create the TV screen, you’ll need to draw a rectangle on the front side of the box. Measure 1.5” from the top and left side and 2” from the bottom. You’ll want to leave about 5” on the right side, which gives extra room for the control panel of your TV.
  4. Cut a small rectangle from the bottom flaps of the box to use as a control panel. We used the Honest Manifesto side to give the TV some color. Use the hot glue gun to glue the control panel to the extra space on the right side of your box.
  5. Now it's time to add knobs to your control panel. And these actually turn! To create this effect, glue your vitamin lids to the cap of a cleaner concentrate first. Then glue the flat end of the cap to the box.
  6. Use a black marker to outline the edges of the control panel.
  7. Cut the rainbow gel filters into 2" strips and line them up vertically. Tape them together with black duct tape to create a stripe effect. Next, tape your screen to the inside of the bow with th clear packing tape. 
  8. Tape the twinkle lights to the inside of the box on the edges of the screen.
  9. Finally, cut a piece of foam board to fit inside the box then tape it a few inches away from your screen.  The foam board will reflect the twinkle lights so they glow and cover up your kiddo's body. 

We've got two more crafty costumes in the works, so make sure to check back next week!

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