How to Make a Vampire Boxtume Using Amazon Prime Boxes


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Halloween is my favorite holiday because of the costumes. I love to dress up and I love to make costumes that are inexpensive. This year, I upcycled Amazon Prime boxes to create an affordable, easy Halloween ‘boxtume!’  This fantastic Vampire with stand-up collar and metallic amulet are perfect for Halloween and easy to make.


How to Make A Vampire Boxtume Using Amazon Prime Boxes!

Halloween is my favorite holiday because of the costumes. I love to dress up and I love to make costumes that are inexpensive. This year, I upcycled Amazon Prime boxes to create an affordable, easy Halloween ‘boxtume!’  This fantastic Vampire with stand-up collar and metallic amulet are perfect for Halloween and easy to make.


Create your own Vampire  #boxtumes and share it on social media! Tag @doodlecraft, @amazon and #boxtumes so I can cheer you on!


Create your own Vampire  #boxtumes and share it on social media! Tag @doodlecraft, @amazon and #boxtumes so I can cheer you on!


Pre-packaged store bought costumes are cheaply made and super pricey. It's much more rewarding to make a costume in a couple hours out of things that are on the way to the recycle bin. Upcycle those Amazon Prime boxes into fantastic costumes and create long lasting memories of the holiday.


Amazon Prime boxes can be upcycled for decorating the car for a Trunk-or-Treat or front door. Make costumes for the entire family and even the pets using those Amazon boxes that arrive every week! Plus, listen to Haunting Halloween sounds using Prime Music while you are creating the perfect boxtume.


Pre-packaged store bought costumes are cheaply made and super pricey. It's much more rewarding to make a costume in a couple hours out of things that are on the way to the recycle bin. Upcycle those Amazon Prime boxes into fantastic costumes and create long lasting memories of the holiday.


I don't have little kids to dress up for Halloween anymore, so I made this to fit me! This costume is simple enough to make any size and it just takes a few supplies found easily around the house. 


I don't have little kids to dress up for Halloween anymore, so I made this to fit me! This costume is simple enough to make any size and it just takes a few supplies found easily around the house.


Look how simple: cardboard box collar, plastic table cloth cape and a cardboard amulet. Just add paint!


Look how simple: cardboard box collar, plastic table cloth cape and a cardboard amulet. Just add paint!


Supplies Needed for Vampire Boxtume:

Amazon Prime Box 

Black Plastic Tablecloth or Black Garbage Bag

Staple Pliers with Staples

Low Temperature Hot Glue/Gun

Razor Knife

Self-Healing Cutting Mat

Ruler or Straight Edge

Metallic Red and Gold Paint

Black Paint or Spray Paint

Paintbrush

Crystal Amulet Pattern Printable (end of this post)


Supplies Needed for Vampire Boxtume: Amazon Prime Box   Black Plastic Tablecloth or Black Garbage Bag  Staple Pliers with Staples  Low Temperature Hot Glue/Gun  Razor Knife  Self-Healing Cutting Mat  Ruler or Straight Edge  Metallic Red and Gold Paint  Black Paint or Spray Paint  Paintbrush  Crystal Amulet Pattern Printable (end of this post)


Step 1: Cut Crystal Amulet Pieces

Begin by printing off the Amulet pattern template I created at the end of this post. Cut out the shapes and trace them onto the cardboard.


Step 1: Cut Crystal Amulet Pieces Begin by printing off the Amulet pattern template I created at the end of this post. Cut out the shapes and trace them onto the cardboard.


Place the cardboard on the self-healing mat and use the straight edge and razor knife to cut out the shapes.


Place the cardboard on the self-healing mat and use the straight edge and razor knife to cut out the shapes.


Step 2: Assemble Crystal Amulet

The top of dimensional amulet has 7 pieces, arranged like this:


Step 2: Assemble Crystal Amulet The top of dimensional amulet has 7 pieces, arranged like this:


Begin by carefully applying hot glue to the edge of the long side piece.


Begin by carefully applying hot glue to the edge of the long side piece.


Then adhere it at an angle to the large center piece.


Then adhere it at an angle to the large center piece.


Continue hot gluing the pieces around the crystal.


Continue hot gluing the pieces around the crystal.


Finally, close it up with the final piece, hot glue on all three edges.


Finally, close it up with the final piece, hot glue on all three edges.


The top of the amulet is a faceted crystal.


The top of the amulet is a faceted crystal.


The backside forms a shallow dish. If the cardboard doesn't feel sturdy, add some more hot glue to the seams of the cardboard from the inside.


The backside forms a shallow dish. If the cardboard doesn't feel sturdy, add some more hot glue to the seams of the cardboard from the inside.


Step 3: Crystal Amulet Base

Now use the faceted amulet as a pattern to get a precise shape of the jewel, or the larger crystal from the pattern. Trace it on the cardboard and cut it out.


Step 3: Crystal Amulet Base Now use the faceted amulet as a pattern to get a precise shape of the jewel, or the larger crystal from the pattern. Trace it on the cardboard and cut it out.


Then hot glue the top to the base of the amulet. 


Then hot glue the top to the base of the amulet.


Step 4: Pendant Loop

Now Cut a shape that looks like a stretched out diamond. Make a simple pattern by folding a paper in quarters and drawing a thin, long triangle on it. Then cut and open it up and clip off the ends.


Step 4: Pendant Loop Now Cut a shape that looks like a stretched out diamond. Make a simple pattern by folding a paper in quarters and drawing a thin, long triangle on it. Then cut and open it up and clip off the ends.


Then cut it out of the Amazon Prime Box and create it's rounded shape by rolling the cardboard over a glass.


Then cut it out of the Amazon Prime Box and create it's rounded shape by rolling the cardboard over a glass.


Then staple the small ends together with the staple pliers. A regular stapler should work too, I just love my staple pliers.


Then staple the small ends together with the staple pliers. A regular stapler should work too, I just love my staple pliers.


Use hot glue to attach the pendant loop to the back of the crystal amulet.


Use hot glue to attach the pendant loop to the back of the crystal amulet.


Step 5: Paint the Amulet

Now paint the cardboard amulet in a fabulous metallic paint. I used Treasure Gold Paint in Fire Opal and Antique Gold.


Step 5: Paint the Amulet Now paint the cardboard amulet in a fabulous metallic paint. I used Treasure Gold Paint in Fire Opal and Antique Gold.


Then let the paint dry completely.


Then let the paint dry completely.


I love how this amulet turned out! Now let's make the collar and cape.


I love how this amulet turned out! Now let's make the collar and cape.


Step 1: Collar

Use some scrap paper to make a basic pattern. Fold it in half and cut the open ends at a slight angle. Then cut a curve from the top center to the top edge. Cut a curve out of the bottom to accommodate shoulders. 


Place the paper around the neck and see if it needs adjusting. Mark and trim as necessary. I always make my costumes out of paper first as a pattern.


Step 1: Collar Use some scrap paper to make a basic pattern. Fold it in half and cut the open ends at a slight angle. Then cut a curve from the top center to the top edge. Cut a curve out of the bottom to accommodate shoulders.    Place the paper around the neck and see if it needs adjusting. Mark and trim as necessary. I always make my costumes out of paper first as a pattern.


Trace the pattern onto an Amazon Prime box, take advantage of the fold of the box and place the fold of the collar pattern on that edge. 


Trace the pattern onto an Amazon Prime box, take advantage of the fold of the box and place the fold of the collar pattern on that edge.


Use the razor to cut the cardboard.


Use the razor to cut the cardboard.


Then open up the collar and try it on. It can still be trimmed down at this point if it doesn't fit right.


Then open up the collar and try it on. It can still be trimmed down at this point if it doesn't fit right.


Take it outside and spray paint it--or use some black acrylic paint and a paintbrush and paint it black.


Take it outside and spray paint it--or use some black acrylic paint and a paintbrush and paint it black.


Step 2: Cape

After the collar has dried, turn it upside down on the table. Then place the narrower edges of the plastic table cloth or garbage bag on the collar. Staple it right in the center of the cloth and the collar.


Step 2: Cape After the collar has dried, turn it upside down on the table. Then place the narrower edges of the plastic table cloth or garbage bag on the collar. Staple it right in the center of the cloth and the collar.


Now staple the edges of the tablecloth to the edge points of the collar.


Now staple the edges of the tablecloth to the edge points of the collar.


Now find the center of the tablecloth sections between the staples and staple them to the center of the collar.


Now find the center of the tablecloth sections between the staples and staple them to the center of the collar.


Repeat the process of halving the tablecloth space and stapling them down in the enter of the remaining collar.


Repeat the process of halving the tablecloth space and stapling them down in the enter of the remaining collar.


Repeat until there is a perfectly gathered plastic tablecloth stapled to the cardboard collar.


Repeat until there is a perfectly gathered plastic tablecloth stapled to the cardboard collar.


Then turn up the collar to reveal the gorgeous gathers and the stand up collar.


Then turn up the collar to reveal the gorgeous gathers and the stand up collar.


Step 3: Collar Ties

Finally cut a couple strips of plastic to tie the collar on with. These are 3 inches wide and about 18 inches long. Length will vary depending on size of human.


Step 3: Collar Ties Finally cut a couple strips of plastic to tie the collar on with. These are 3 inches wide and about 18 inches long. Length will vary depending on size of human.


Staple the ties on the bottom edge of the collar on the opposite side that the cape is attached.


Staple the ties on the bottom edge of the collar on the opposite side that the cape is attached.


Now the amulet can be threaded through the ties and then tied to hold in place.


Now the amulet can be threaded through the ties and then tied to hold in place.


The costume is remarkably sturdy and doesn't shift around. The cape hangs great and flows in the wind.


The costume is remarkably sturdy and doesn't shift around. The cape hangs great and flows in the wind.


Amazing right!? This awesome Boxtume was created using things found in the recycle bin. I love budget friendly costumes. Just add fangs!


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Amazing right!? This awesome Boxtume was created using things found in the recycle bin. I love budget friendly costumes. Just add fangs!


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Halloween is my favorite holiday because of the costumes. I love to dress up and I love to make costumes that are inexpensive. This year, I upcycled Amazon Prime boxes to create an affordable, easy Halloween ‘boxtume!’  This fantastic Vampire with stand-up collar and metallic amulet are perfect for Halloween and easy to make.


Here's the Amulet pattern for the perfect cardboard gemstone. Right click to save off and then print. #boxtumes


Here's the Amulet pattern for the perfect cardboard gemstone. Right click to save off and then print. #boxtumes










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