We decided to make our son a homemade car costume for his schools fancy dress competition as he loves cars and wouldn't really want to be anything else, he won first prize so we were really pleased.
We started off using an old vacuum cleaner box, we opened it up and drew a car shape on one side cut it out and used that as a template to make another car shape, we then taped the two sides together with cardboard in the middle to make the boot and bonnet. Then taped two Pringle tubs on either side to make the lights and used paper mache to bulk if out a bit, it was then spray painted green and the wheels were painted black.
Next we stuck on extra bits of cardboard in the shape of back-lights and used extra card to stick on, as the bumper side trims and wheel arches were spray painted silver. For the wheel trims we used foil pie plates as the pattern was ideal when cut out. We printed the car badges, number plates, learner stickers and windows off the internet onto sticky back paper.
To make the wing mirrors we used a bit of wood going through the inside of the car and made the wing mirror shape out of card and screwed it onto the wood we then stuck foil on the end for the mirrors. The exhaust was made out of used toilet roll covered in foil and we stuck an old matches box underneath the rear of the car with a hole in and threaded the exhaust through this. The doors etc. were drawn on with marker pen. We used green webbing to make the straps and then the homemade car costume was done.
I got this costume idea from another Coolest-Homemade-Costume submitter. They made the original version of this and I wanted to share my version of it... and prove that with a little elbow grease it's possible to recreate these great costumes on this site!
My son is obsessed (to say the least) with Hot Wheels cars. He wanted to BE a Hot Wheel for Halloween. I looked on this site and found a great idea and went with it. His car is similar to the original except we did such things as add Hot Wheels logos, his own personalized license plate etc. We also did the working headlights (flashlights) and shiny glitter taillights like the original submitter suggested.
To Make Your Own Car Costume we took a box, cut it down to the right size (it took some creativity to alter the box). Then we added all the details.
My son won first place at his school Halloween party!
Thank you to the original creator of this awesome idea!