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Not long after that, I took both kids to another aquarium to see hammerhead sharks, and I guess you can say we got hooked! Scarlet had never been in a shark tunnel before and I’ll never forget the look on her face. We became pretty obsessed with looking up which aquariums in the United States (and beyond), and which had sharks. It’s what gave me my idea for a kids’ Halloween costume this year! As you know from last year, I LOVE making a good Boxtume. It’s become a new “thing” for us. As always, Amazon Prime is bringing joy to families this Halloween with Boxtumes, a -creative, low-cost Halloween costume. You can make Boxtumes together as a family, using upcycled Amazon Prime boxes and crafting supplies you can find around the house or on Amazon!
Aquarium Boxtumes Idea For Halloween:
Why make Amazon Prime Boxtumes? Well for starters, it’s easy, and we need easy this Halloween, don’t we? Turning Amazon Prime boxes into fun and creative Halloween costumes – aka Boxtumes – is a fun challenge! That doesn’t mean it’s challenging, though. Boxtumes help you save more money for your Halloween treats, and it’s also a fantastic way to upcycle the boxes we all accumulate anyway. And we are Amazon Prime members, which means we can extend our experience with Halloween-themed content on Prime Video, Prime Reading, Prime Gaming, and Amazon Music. These costumes (Boxtumes) can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like! We went elaborate this year. These are fun to make solo, fun to make with the kids, and fun for group family costumes or even pet costumes too! Dressing up in general is FUN.
Making Your own Amazon Prime Boxtumes “Aquarium With Sharks”:
What You Need:
Spray paint – aqua
Amazon Prime boxes
Black thread or string
Moss (from my lizard supplies)
Ribbon – one large fabric ribbon and some blue sparkly ribbon
Cardboard for coral templates
Small battery operated lights – purple
What You Do:
For the aquarium:
1 – Tape the box together with packing tape (if you’ve broken it down), and then tape up all the corners and edges for reinforcement.
2 – Cut out the sides of five of the six sides of the box with an X-acto knife – cut a hole in each side, and leave a 2″ frame on the sides and a 4″ frame on the top.
3 – Measure a circle at the bottom of the box with a pie plate, and then cut that out. This is where the child’s (or adult’s) head will fit through, so it will get the most wear and tear. Make sure to reinforce this spot with duct tape.
4 – Then take the box outside and cover both the inside and the outside with the aqua spray paint. It’s a really pretty color to use.
For the Sharks:
5 – You can search for photos of sharks or even draw by memory. Then, print them out, as well as a mirror image. Draw fish and sea creatures and glue them together with a piece of cardboard in between them to give them weight and dimension. Then use black thread through a tiny hole you make with a toothpick and tape the strings to the top of the box – away from the head hole.
For the Coral:
6 – I did an online search for a coral template. Then trace it onto cardboard, cut out with scissors, and paint with a pretty coral color.
7 – For moss, you can find it at a craft store or pet store. Spray paint with a pink (or other) color. Affix it to the bottom of the box with packing tape. And for rocks, use blue tissue paper and stick it to the bottom with a little glue.
8 – For seaweed, use a green fabric ribbon to wind artfully around the bottom of the box, and use a little glue to tack it down.
9 – For water, cut holographic blue ribbon in strips to give a little sparkle and illusion of water. And then secure one end with packing tape and stick them to the top of the box.
10 – Hopefully you’ll have some lights hanging around the house. These purple ones were perfect for us. Tuck a battery box between a piece of coral, and tape the string of lights to the top of the box.
This can be a really fun way to think creatively, like how bubble wrap might be a fun water effect or a jellyfish. This is great for remote learning right now! And for the goggles, raid your kids’ swim things from summer!
And that’s that! Make sure to remember that Amazon Prime boxes can also be upcycled into other custom Halloween decorations and at-home haunted “boxrooms.” Make your own creations! As we know, Prime helps make families’ lives a little easier and more fun every day.
Make your own Boxtume! And then share it on social media, and make sure to tag @Amazon, and use #boxtumes and #morethanabox. Don’t forget, you can get all of your crafting supplies on Amazon too.