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Jack in the Box Costume

Jack in the Box - Everything Handmade!

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Photo #1 - Jack in the Box - Everything Handmade! Photo #2 - Jack in the Box (Top View) Photo #3 - Jack in the Box (Right as he was Popping out) Photo #4 - Jack in the Box (Side View) Photo #5 - Jack in the Box (Back View)
Costume type:  Costumes for Boys
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Toys and Dolls Costumes

This homemade costume for boys entered our 2012 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Nichole, the 'Jack in the Box' costume creator:

Being on a budget...you have to get creative! This costume costed me $3.65! I got the idea from an old jack in the box I saw at a thrift store and thought it'd be awesome to create one. For materials I got one large box for free from Pier 1 Imports. It wasn't the size I needed so I had to cut the box and paper mache the shape I wanted. I also paper mached the lid part and then cut a little area where my son could pop out of. The top I had painted Mattel, which is the brand they used to make on these. I decorated with polka dots as that's the material I had to make my son's costume. Each side I painted a different background color with different coordinated polka dots. The black handle actually turns very smoothly, all made of paper mache. I made a circle in the box, cut it out and wired it to the box. Inside the box I had a stool for my son and a light as well as loud "Jack in the Box" music themed playing. He popped out just in time and wobbled around like the real Jack in the Box. The costume is all sewn and made by me. I used my polka dot material and made buttons, a huge tie, extra strips for design and the hat to match. It was so cute. Lastly, I had this Jack in the Box sitting on a roller so all I had to do was pull my son around. The roller was attached to a rope. This was fun and inexpensive to make! Thanks for the consideration.

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#1 comment by Niamh griffin October 13, 2014

Super good thank you

#2 comment by Designladyt October 27, 2014

Great job! I made the same costume 30 years ago for my son and loved it! He got first place.

#3 comment by Amy Peters October 27, 2014

So awesome! Great job!

#4 comment by Jordan November 19, 2014

That is the coolest Halloween costume ever!

#5 comment by Kathleen October 6, 2015

Great job!! How did you attach the handle and what did you use to make the music loud enough for others to hear? Thanks:)

#6 comment by Nichole October 6, 2015

To attach the handle, I cut a small circle hole in the box and pushed the handle through. I did not attach it at all just merely made the piece that gets pushed through long enough so it wouldn't fall out...I think about 6 inches.

For the sound, I had recorded the Jack in the box theme song on an iPod and held it and played it while I turned the handle. My son had practiced on when to pop out so it worked great. You could also use your phone if the sound is loud enough.

Good luck, hope it turns out great for you!

#7 comment by Katjleen October 6, 2015

Thanks so much. I'm not crafty so I wondered if making paper mâché handle is possible for a beginner or do you have to be more

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