Kids love to dress up, and they will have lots of fun helping to make a scary monster or dinosaur costume from a few simple cardboard boxes.

You will need:

  • Several large cardboard boxes, a medium-sized one for the head and a large, rectangular one for the body. Make sure they will fit your child.
  • Scissors
  • Poster or spray paint
  • Craft glue or hot glue gun
  • White foam board, or cardboard painted white
  • Black texta

How to make it:

  1. Stick the top and bottom flaps of the smaller box down if not already sealed, and cut away the bottom flaps of the larger box.
  2. Cut square or round armholes in the rectangular box, and a large neck hole.
  3. Cut a neck hole at the bottom of the smaller box.
  4. Cover an area – outside is best – with newspaper.
  5. Paint the outside of your boxes in the colour of your choice. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  6. Cut out triangles from a spare box or cardboard to use as the dinosaur or monster’s ridged back and then paint both sides of these a different colour from the boxes, for contrast, and allow to dry.
  7. Cut teeth from the foam board, using two different sizes so that they appear jagged and ferocious!
  8. Cut around the middle on three sides of the smaller box and open it up to make the mouth. Stick the white teeth around the inside of the opening and let dry.
  9. Cut a pair of eyes from the white foam board and colour in a pupil on each one in black texta.
  10. Stick the eyes on the top half of the smaller box, above the mouth.
  11. Glue the triangle shapes down the back of the big box [body] and on the top and back of the smaller box [head] and allow to dry.
  12. Help your child into the body box by placing it over their head and guiding their arms through the armholes. Place the head box on top of their heads – they should be able to see through the mouth of the monster.

These monsters are the perfect way to keep the kids entertained as the school holidays kick off!