Time Required :
Over an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

cardboard box raccoon costume

Have fun creating an imaginary animal with recycled cardboard boxes. If you want to make an animal other than a raccoon, use the instructions below to guide you to make an animal you choose. Let your child help! This project is intended for an adult to work on with some assistance from a child 6+. Box may limit scope of vision. Use caution when wearing.
Step 1

Find a cardboard box and a flat piece of cardboard that you want to use as your base. Paint the box grey and let dry. Repeat for several coats of paint. Let paint completely dry between coats.
TIP: If available, use paper to cover instead of paint.

Step 2

Click here to download and print the template; then cut out the shapes.

Step 3

Trace the forehead (A) and two cheeks (E) onto white cardstock and cut out the shapes.

Step 4

Trace two eyes (F) and a nose (B) onto black felt, then the ears (D) and tongue (C) onto pink felt. Cut out the shapes.
TIP: Instead of the template, let your child draw, trace and cut out their own interpretation of the animals face.

Step 5

Lay the face shapes on the flat piece of cardboard to assemble the raccoon face.

Step 6

ADULT: Glue all the face pieces to the cardboard with low-temp hot glue.

Step 7

Draw around the attached pieces to make the face shape with a pencil. Outline with a black marker.

Step 8

ADULT: Use a retractable craft knife to cut the cardboard where the circle of the eyes are located.

Step 9

Trace your child’s hands on a piece of black poster board and cut out the shapes. Use a glue stick to attach the hands to the card board.

Step 10

Next, cut a belly out of Smoke felt.

Step 11

ADULT: Hot glue the felt belly to the cardboard box.

Step 12

ADULT: Cut holes for handles on each side of the box.

Step 13

Draw a tail shape and cut out from Smoke felt.

Step 14

Cut pieces of fur to add to the tail.

Step 15

ADULT: Glue the fur to the felt and then glue the tail on the back of your cardboard raccoon.

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