Friday, October 26, 2007

Garbage Truck Costume How-To

Here are some pictures of Matt's Garbageman costume from last year. Below I've included some instructions on making it yourself. Enjoy!

Some of the things you'll need:
cardboard (big sheets are good, but if you have smaller boxes lying
around you can always duct tape pieces together)
Duct tape
masking tape
glue gun
carpet knife
2 cans of green (or whatever color your trucks are) spraypaint
2 nylon straps about 2 1/2 feet long each
some cotton batting
yardstick/straight edge
assorted craft paint or acrylics for the details
patience (and maybe some band-aids)

Click on an image to make it bigger.

Now that I'm looking at the page below again, I think you'll probably be better off scoring the 3 1/2" marks on the far right and left of the big sheet on the opposite side of the cardboard, since the folds are going to be going in the other direction. Sorry about that.

And here's Mr First Prize Garbageboy at last year's Halloween party at the Park District. You wore it well, lil' dude!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is amazing -- not just the finished design, but the "blueprints." Thanks a ton for sharing this!
From a garbage tot and his mom. :)

1:54 PM  
Blogger Nicky said...

Wonderful and inspiring. Congrats on the trophy. Love your son's smile, he looks so pleased.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahah Wonderful!

12:16 PM  
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5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is amazing. Thank you for posting this. My son wants to be a "truck" this year for Halloween and I had no idea how to go about it. You did a great job and I hope I can pull it off half as well as you.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Thanks for taking the time to post this. Your costume is amazing. I am going to attempt to turn our red wagon into a trash truck to pull my son (the garbage man) around on Halloween night. Your blue prints are a great source of ideas.
Thanks again! And I hope you post about what Matt will be dressed as in '08.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Thank You very much for your detailed instructions. They rock.

Had a few little problems, but nothing a box-cutter and hot glue couldn't solve.

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Rachael said...

I am in the process of making this for my 3 year old. It is built, but not yet decorated. Thank you for such great instructions. It was a lot of fun for me and he LOVES to play in it.

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The garbage truck costume is awesome, so are the blueprints. We made it this year for our son, it was a lot of fun. Thanks a lot!

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing all the directions, the very detailed drawings, and the joy of being able to please a child with such low cost interesting creations. Wonderful! AB

11:45 PM  
Blogger So Cal Family said...

I am hoping you still read the comments on your blog. Thanks for the blueprints! I am stuck on page 6 - the cab. What is the total height of the cardboard needed, including the fold-over flap? Also, what did you use for wheels? Many thanks!!

11:06 PM  
Blogger BixDog said...

Hi So Cal Family! That's a good question... I think the cardboard piece would have to be about 25" tall(13.5" plus 11"), maybe a little less because the slope of the windshield would shave off some of the height. You might want to use a sheet of newsprint to draw a side view of your cab, then measure from the bottom front edge to the back edge of the roof- that should give you a pretty accurate measurement. And if you can't fit it all on one piece of cardboard, just break it up. You could do it in 3 pieces, just remember to add the tabs along the edges so you can glue it all together.

I hope this helps-- I can draw this stuff, but I'm terrible at explaining it!
Please send me a photo of your finished truck, and Happy Halloween to you and your little sanitation professional!

11:47 PM  
Blogger BixDog said...

Oh, and the wheels were just painted cardboard, glued to the inside of the truck body. Lots of room for improvement in the tire department!

12:01 AM  
Blogger So Cal Family said...

Thank you so much for your quick response! We are cutting away. I will send pics. I am totally craft challenged and the directions were great. I did find one measurement, on page #1 where the length was off by 10 inches (I think). Just for anyone else trying to make it! Thanks again!

9:31 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

This is awesome! So Cal you're right, the length of the box measurement on page 1 said 25" but it should say 35" (10+7+10+7+1). Can't wait to make this for my 4 and 2 year olds!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Hi! Love this!!! So talented!
Did you paint over the tape and cardboard boxes? If so what type of paint did you use? I didn't know the paint would stick to that material.

5:18 AM  
Blogger JenLevitt said...

This is great! My son wants to be a cement mixer for Halloween and I think I can modify this concept to make it... you are a life saver!!

1:23 PM  
Blogger BixDog said...

Glad i could help Jen!

10:55 PM  
Blogger D0WNT0WN said...

Thank you so much for these plans!!! You are a rockstar! We have used these twice now (my son is SO obsessed!!) I wish I could post a picture for you to see!

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