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Mom makes elaborate Halloween costumes out of leftover cardboard boxes

08/08/2020

A crafty and creative mom is proving that all you need for an impressive Halloween costume is cardboard, paint, some glue and your imagination. 

Danielle Bevens, a stay-at-home mom-of-two, manages to create affordable children’s costumes inspired by everything from household objects to cartoons using leftover packaging and some art supplies. 

The Alberta, Canada-based 24-year-old delights followers on Instagram each year as she unveils the resourceful costumes – including a vending machine, salad and ‘world peace’ – which set her back less than $10 a pop. 

Ta Dah! A stay-at-home mom creates impressive costumes from cardboard, paint and thrifted clothes - such as this 'world peace' number - for less than $10 a pop

Ta Dah! A stay-at-home mom creates impressive costumes from cardboard, paint and thrifted clothes – such as this ‘world peace’ number – for less than $10 a pop 

Imagination: The Canadian mom created a salad costume, left, and a succulent costume, right, for her son Noah, four

Imagination: The Canadian mom created a salad costume, left, and a succulent costume, right, for her son Noah, four

Imagination: The Canadian mom created a salad costume, left, and a succulent costume, right, for her son Noah, four

Mom: Danielle Bevens, 24, keeps busy with the glue gun each October, creating impressive costumes for her two sons Noah, left, and Toby

Mom: Danielle Bevens, 24, keeps busy with the glue gun each October, creating impressive costumes for her two sons Noah, left, and Toby

Danielle previously told : ‘I always wonder what moms are doing with all the boxes because I have a plethora of cardboard.’

‘Every costume is pretty much made out of paper, cardboard, paint and hot glue and whatever thrift-able clothes I need,’ she added. 

Each October, she creates several different costumes for her sons Noah, four, and Toby, two. 

At the end of the month, Danielle gives her homemade costumes away to other families so that more kids can enjoy the quirky outfits. 

Resourceful: Some costumes, such as Noah's Dobby the house elf look from 2018, don't even require cardboard

Resourceful: Some costumes, such as Noah’s Dobby the house elf look from 2018, don’t even require cardboard 

Leftovers: Danielle said she is inundated with leftover cardboard, hence her decision to re-purpose it into costumes such as a vending machine-inspired one for Noah

Leftovers: Danielle said she is inundated with leftover cardboard, hence her decision to re-purpose it into costumes such as a vending machine-inspired one for Noah 

Tradition: Danielle started creating the costumes in 2017 when her now-two-year-old son Toby, pictured, was just a baby

Tradition: Danielle started creating the costumes in 2017 when her now-two-year-old son Toby, pictured, was just a baby

Tradition: Danielle started creating the costumes in 2017 when her now-two-year-old son Toby, pictured, was just a baby

Her first costume project, back in October 2017, was transforming then-baby Toby into an avocado. 

That same month, she used two packets of cotton balls to create an adorable lamb costume for her son.     

By the following Halloween season in 2018, Danielle kept herself busy making outfits including a Rubik’s cube, a vending machine and a Dobby the house elf from Harry Potter-inspired outfit. 

So far, this year Danielle has turned Noah into a succulent and kitted out her friend’s son as Paddington Bear. 

Imaginative: Nothing seems to be out of the question for talented Danielle, including a Rubik's cube, left, and Oscar the Grouch costume for Toby and Noah respectively

Imaginative: Nothing seems to be out of the question for talented Danielle, including a Rubik's cube, left, and Oscar the Grouch costume for Toby and Noah respectively

Imaginative: Nothing seems to be out of the question for talented Danielle, including a Rubik’s cube, left, and Oscar the Grouch costume for Toby and Noah respectively

Low cost: The costumes that the creative mom makes are inexpensive, like this lamb one made from cotton balls

Low cost: The costumes that the creative mom makes are inexpensive, like this lamb one made from cotton balls 

Cute! The adorable costumes, like a porcupine outfit with cardboard 'spikes', have helped Danielle gain 15,000 followers on Instagram

Cute! The adorable costumes, like a porcupine outfit with cardboard ‘spikes’, have helped Danielle gain 15,000 followers on Instagram 

Friends: The resourceful mom also creates costumes for her friend's kids, pictured, and donates the outfits she creates to other families at the end of October

Friends: The resourceful mom also creates costumes for her friend’s kids, pictured, and donates the outfits she creates to other families at the end of October 

Another more obscure costume came in the guise of ‘world peace’. 

Busy mom: Danielle, pictured, is also a talented photographer and content creator

Busy mom: Danielle, pictured, is also a talented photographer and content creator 

Danielle revealed on Instagram that she had been ‘bouncing ideas’ for the aforementioned costume with her mom. 

She explained: ‘We decided we would papier-mâché an exercise ball. A million messes, a ton of newspaper and a last minute peace sign ’cause his little hand wasn’t getting the message across [and it is] one of my new favorites.’  

Across the pond, in the U.K., 25-year-old mom Siobhan Smith is also gaining traction for the homemade costumes she has created for her daughter. 

Her first costume for daughter Caoimhe, now five, was a granny, which she sourced entirely from items she already owned. 

This was followed by a Starbucks paper-style coffee cup costing, the Statue of Liberty and a Transformer, all of which cost her less than $10.

The Glasgow-based mom was told by social media users that her daughter ‘wins Halloween’ after Siobhan shared the cheap, cheerful and creative costumes. 

Creative! Mom Siobhan Smith creates homemade costumes for daughter Caoimhe, five, including a granny, left, a Starbucks coffee cup, center, and Glasgow's iconic Duke of Wellington statue, right

Creative! Mom Siobhan Smith creates homemade costumes for daughter Caoimhe, five, including a granny, left, a Starbucks coffee cup, center, and Glasgow's iconic Duke of Wellington statue, right

Creative! Mom Siobhan Smith creates homemade costumes for daughter Caoimhe, five, including a granny, left, a Starbucks coffee cup, center, and Glasgow's iconic Duke of Wellington statue, right

Creative! Mom Siobhan Smith creates DIY costumes for daughter Caoimhe, five, including a granny, left, a Starbucks cup, center, and Glasgow’s iconic Duke of Wellington statue, right

A for effort! The little girl was hailed the 'winner of Halloween' as her mom shared pictures of her dressed up as a Transformer, left, and the Statue of Liberty, right

A for effort! The little girl was hailed the 'winner of Halloween' as her mom shared pictures of her dressed up as a Transformer, left, and the Statue of Liberty, right

A for effort! The little girl was hailed the ‘winner of Halloween’ as her mom shared pictures of her dressed up as a Transformer, left, and the Statue of Liberty, right

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