An Out-of-the-Box Costume, Sorta

I wanted a Halloween costume that was out of the ordinary. One that I could make, for cheap. Maybe it’s because my roommate is obsessed with them. Maybe it’s because all my friends are engineers. Either way, this is what I came up with:

Rubix Cube Costume

The Rubik’s Cube, not the Ref. It’s easily my favorite costume yet. I made the costume into three separate pieces so they could spin and others could try to “solve” me, which I think was the most fun. It made getting around the party a little more difficult, as doorways were only slighter wider than I was, but the reactions of everyone were well worth it. The only regret I have is not cutting a hole in the top layer to act as a cup holder.

What You’ll Need.

  • 3 boxes (wide enough in all directions to fit your torso and shoulders)
    • I found mine at the UPS store
  • Foam blocks
    • The UPS store gave them to me for free when I bought my boxes
  • Construction paper
  • Duct tape (black)
  • Double-sided scotch tape
  • Clear packaging tape
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife


Rubik's Cube

Finished product. Here, you can see the placement of the foam blocks.

  1. Using the X-acto knife, cut holes into the top and bottom of one of the boxes.
    • Make sure the holes are large enough so the box can fit around your torso and your shoulders, but small enough so the box sits on your hips. I put on/took off the boxes by putting my head/arms through the holes and sliding them on, one by one.
    • Make sure the box can spin all the way around, and doesn’t get stuck after only turning 90 degrees. I had to do some adjustments to my original cut out after this “testing.”
  2. Once you have the right dimensions for your hole, trace it onto the other boxes (top and bottom) and cut out with the X-acto knife. The hardest part is now done.
  3. Place the foam blocks in the inside corners of the boxes to act as reinforcements. You may need to cut those down with the X-acto knife, as well.
  4. Cut squares/rectangles from the construction paper. To cover all the sides and the tops of each box (which will show when the boxes spin), you will need about 60 pieces.
    1. Measure out how long/wide they need to be based on the dimensions of your boxes.
    2. If you have three boxes, you should have three colored pieces per side (to keep it a 3 x 3 rubik’s cube) and 8 colored pieces on top ( also for a 3 x 3, minus the middle piece, as there is a gigantic hole).
  5. Tape down all the colored pieces with double sided scotch tape.
  6. Tape the spaces between colored blocks with duct tape.
  7. Cover all colored pieces with clear packaging tape to make the entire costume waterproof. No spilled drinks will ruin this one!

Let me know if you find any easier ways to make this, or any other creative costumes!


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