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Coolest Homemade Nerds Box Costume

I created this Nerds Box Costume for a big event we throw at school every year called, the barn dance. It’s apart of TWIRP week which is a week full of events where the girls ask the guys to pre-planned events. At the barn dance everyone dresses up as a couple, and at the end of the night there is a costume contest. This year I really wanted to think of something original, in hopes of winning the costume contest.

One day while sitting in church, I kid you not, I just randomly got the idea for my boyfriend and I to be a complete Nerds box. I would be one side, and he the other. I quickly started planning how I would make it and then before I knew it, I had succeeded in constructing both costumes from scratch!

How I made it: For each Costume
1. I used light cardboard and cut out two pieces. On the main piece (front of the costume) I measured the width of my chest and cut that, then cut down like 5 inches on both sides so that I would have room for my arms, and continued cutting that to cover the width of my sides. I then simply repeated the process to get the back side of the costume.

2. Once both pieces were cut out I drew out the nerds logo on all sides of the box, then painted it all with the appropriate colors, using craft paint.

3. After it was all painted and dried, I then assembled the two sides together to form a box. I folded the two sides in and then used around 6 staples on each side to attach the two pieces. Surprisingly, the costumes held up through the whole night of square dancing!

4. After it was assembled into a box, I then punched 2 holes into the front and 2 in the back and tied a string through to hold the costume in place.

Overall, it was a very time consuming costume to make. Factors: I had to make two, I made the whole thing from scratch, and I drew all of the artwork, and painted it on the box which took forever. But, in the end it costed me no money to make. I already had all of the supplies, including the cardboard, paint, and string. The only thing that did cost money was the wig and tights I wore with my costume, which rang up to about $15 dollars.

To complete the concept, we went around passing out fun sized nerds candy, it was great! However, unfortunately, we did not win the costume contest.

Back of costume

Side view

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21 thoughts on “Coolest Homemade Nerds Box Costume”

  1. me and my sister are going to be Nerds for Halloween this year (ps we’re twins). Yeah I was just lying in bed one night and i thought of it.I had no idea someone eles had done already. you two look awesome. NERD POWER!

  2. This is a AWESOME idea but im NOT a good drawer would you mind selling me the parts i will need? ill give you 20.00 for the outfit (just the box)
    (10.00$ for each side) Id love to hear from you very soon thank you

  3. HI I REALLY WANT YOU TO MAKE THIS COSTUME FOR ME I WILL PAY YOU WHATEVER YOU WANT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CONTACT ME. I DONT SEE CONTACT INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL ME AT j.lindsey24@yahoo.com thank you so much i hope to hear from you soon. i need this asap please its amazing

  4. I made this Costume for 1 person, me! and it looks SUPER CUTE!!!! i used all tht u put up but then i made it smaller into 1 box! SUPER CUTE!!!! everybody gonna love it i even had a neon purple wig and sparkly pink glasses! THX SO MUCH FOR THE IDEA!!!! OBSESSED WITH IT!!!!!! also SUPER FUN TO MAKE! and i got to eat Nerds while making it!


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