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 costumePhoto: 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 costumePhoto: 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 Halloween costumePhoto: 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 costumePhoto: 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.


Cardboard knight Photo: 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 costumePhoto: 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 Halloween costumePhoto: 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 costumePhoto: 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 Halloween costumePhoto: 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 costumePhoto: 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.

10 Halloween costumes made of cardboard
Whip up some cool Halloween costume ideas, starting with simple cardboard.