Find an old box that is just the right size for your driver. Cut a hole in the middle of the box that your child can fit into. Use an extra piece of cardboard to add to the front and back of your cardboard box to shape it and round the edges. (Use duck tape to hold your car together.) You can create a border for the winshield as well.
Use spray paint to paint the entire car. Next, you will need to cut thin plastic wrap to fit inside the windshield. Hot glue your plastic onto your cardboard cut out windshield. Time to embelish and decorate your Homemade Race Car Costume! I just printed and glued race car themes to the car.
Create headlights and taillights you can buy stick on lights at Walmart. Visit a thrift store (or your child's old toy box) to find an old ride on toy with four wheels for your car. Attach the wheels to your car using a small block of wood and a screw. I used scrapbooking sticker letters to spell out "Goodyear" on each tire.
To hold the car up, we got some checkered material and stapled it to the inside of the car (like a pair of suspenders).
As last year my son wanted to be Ryan Newman, this year he stuck with NASCAR and had a homemade Dale Jr Halloween costume idea. I had the pattern on-hand and made it one size bigger and in green and white instead of black and camo. I learned last year that the heavier fabric, canvas, would not accept iron-ons, so this year I printed out all the decals on regular paper for reference, then hand drew them on the fabric, and then painted them. Every decal or decoration is hand-drawn and hand-painted onto the fabric.
He was a hit at school with teachers, students and parents alike. It took a total of about a week and a half to complete the cutting out of the pattern, sewing of the pieces, drawing, and painting everything. I couldn't be more proud of my little Jr.
This is my daughter (5) and her great Dane BO(3). They are a NASCAR team.
We try to do something different and interesting every year. And no the dog doesn't mind, he really loves the attention! Everything on this Homemade NASCAR Costume is handmade. Down to the paper mache helmet. The car is made out of a wardrobe box and painted. My Grandma made the costume and I put on the sponsors.
I tried to keep the M&M car true to its original design.