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Coolest Homemade Thomas the Tank Engine Child Halloween Costume Idea 44

by April H.
(Raytown, MO)

Homemade Thomas the Tank Engine Child Halloween Costume Idea

Homemade Thomas the Tank Engine Child Halloween Costume Idea

My son is a really big Thomas the Tank Engine fan, so I decided I would take the plunge to make him his own Thomas to ride in (this homemade Thomas the Tank Engine child Halloween costume idea was also a benefit because when he got tired at the end of trick-or-treating; we just loaded him in the wagon and pulled him home).

* 1 wagon
* 1 large box that fits well over the wagon – rectangular is good
* 2 shoe boxes
* 5 gallon bucket
* 1 roll of blue painting block tape
* 1 quart of exterior semi gloss paint colored to match the block tape
* 1 roll red electrical tape
* 1 roll black electrical tape
* various printouts from computer
* 1 roll 2 sided scotch tape
* small amount black paint
* large and small paint brushes

I started with an old Radio Flyer wagon that was mine when I was a kid. I didn’t want to damage the wagon, so I placed the big box (that was the main structure) on top then measured where to put 2 long 1x1 pieces of wood on the bottom. These keep the box firmly in place without taping, gluing or screwing anything to the wagon.

Then I started cutting pieces out of the box – the whole front came off, then a big section above where I wanted to stick the 5 gallon bucket for the steam tank. I just folded 2 parts of that section down and taped them to the bucket for the effect of the steam tank attached to the train. I used shoe boxes to support under the bucket to get it up in the air. Next I cut the hole for kiddo to stick his head out and a door. Finally I started taping up all places where it comes together and exposed edges, and then painted the whole thing blue.

I found a box that fit inside as a good seat then cut a hole in the bottom of the box so that his feet would rest inside the wagon, rather then the flimsy box bottom. I also stuck a 2x4 under the “seat” box to reinforce it.

I used red and black electrical tape to make most of the details. I had to create the 1 and the boxes outlined in yellow on the computer and print them out. The face is a printout from a picture I found on Google. I just finagled it around till I had the perfect size for the end of the bucket. 2 sided tape was a life saver for putting on the details!!

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