As the saying goes, children enjoy the box more than the present, so take it a step further with some eco-friendly paint and a box cutter and turn their favorite toy into a fitting costume. This week lilsugar offers Five Costumes Made From a Cardboard Box.

Halloween costumes do not need to be store bought and be thrown out on November 1st. ECOWEEN offers us an opportunity to work next to our kids and teach them a bit more about what we can do to help save our planet.

If you have a lil firefighter on your hands, you can enhance their favorite red hat and fireman's coat with a custom fire truck made out of eco-friendly materials. A visit to your recycle bin, should garner you a strong cardboard box. Natural hemp paint, such as Livos Salis, can be used to decorate your box, and paper plates made from recycled material, such as Seventh Generation make some great wheels.

To see what you need to create your own fire truck, as well as step-by-step directions, read more.

Supplies you will need:

  • Medium-sized cardboard box
  • Red, black and yellow paint (the Livos Salis finger paints can be diluted with a little water to make them paintbrush accessible)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Box cutter
  • Two yards wide black ribbon
  • Four paper plates
  • Stapler

To read all of our ECOWEEN coverage, click here.