My 4.5 year old son, who is fascinated by construction equipment, decided that this year he would like to be a backhoe. Knowing right off that there would be no store bought costume available, my husband and I set about devising how to construct a Homemade Backhoe Halloween Costume.
First off we started sketching out our design -- we used my son's actual toy backhoe to make a template for the loader part, my husband drew free-hand the complete backhoe section after referencing several backhoe photos. Then we headed to the craft store for foam board (3 pieces white, 1 piece black), self stick Velcro tape (1 pack each black & white), yellow spray paint, yellow duct tape, and yellow fabric dye (for the t-shirt and Velcro tape). We already had white long sleeve t-shirt, iron-on t-shirt transfer paper, black pants, cardboard, wrapping paper roll and silver wrapping paper.
I took photos of an actual backhoe and used them for the "Case" iron-on transfer sheets for the sleeves and the wheels. The wheels are photos from the printer glued on black foam board and attached to his legs with black Velcro strips which were hot glued to the foam board. The backhoe is attached to his body with two long strips of Velcro tape, one going through the belt loops on his pants and one running around his chest for extra stability.
The loader is attached to him with duct tape loops around his arms and more loops used as handles. Lastly I printed out John Deere and CalTrans logos on the printer and glued them into place for a more authentic look and to match my younger son's traffic cone costume.
Total cost: about $30.
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This homemade construction costume was a fun project to take on. The Loader actually scoops! Everything was found in my basement except for the paint for a total cost of $15!
The Loader and Digger buckets are diaper boxes. The main body is a mosquito zapper box and the upper part is an amazon box. Cardboard tubes make the arms with a wooden dowel running through another tube across the box. This is how the bucket pivots. The loader handles are 5-gal paint sticks with a dowel connecting them to form the handle. I took the logos off the Volvo site and printed a blown up version to paint the arms, grill and front panel. Four colors of paint are Highway yellow, metallic silver and black and white.
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I made this Bulldozer Costume for my 3 year old son who loves construction. I made it out of diaper boxes, and duct tape. I used real working flashlights for the headlights and the cherry top light was a dollar store find!
The tracks I made using nylon rope and just hot glued it to the cardboard tracks. I made a hood that opened for him to store his candy in. Since it was a bit front heavy I cut handles into the sides so he could hold it to walk. I used suspender type straps inside the cab to keep it in place. I went to a safety store and purchased a safety vest and hard hat for him to wear.
My three year old son is obsessed with backhoe loaders, or diggers, and that's all he wanted to be for Halloween. With the help of his Aunt, an art teacher, we used a diaper box for the body, another box cut in two for a front loader and back loader, lots of black duck tape and hot glue, two cardboard tubes from dry cleaning hangers, yellow spray paint and black Sharpees. For additional support for the back arm, I used a Swiffer duster handle stuck in to the back top of the box and duck taped to the top of the arm.
This Homemade Backhoe Loader Digger Costume took many hours, a lot of materials and a lot of designing involved, but it paid off!
My son PJ (Peter) is wearing a Homemade Wrecking Ball Costume. He had asked to be a tractor and with a little tweaking we came up with this instead. It was made using cardboard boxes, hot glue, paint, a Styrofoam ball and printed accents. It was lightweight and easy for him to hold up, especially with the handles added to the front. He had as much fun wearing the costume as it was helping me make it!