G.I. Joe & Barbie Costumes

G.I. Joe & Barbie In a Box

The first challenge was finding boxes. We looked at local appliance stores etc to see if they had any left over appliance boxes. They recycle them too quickly, so we were out of luck there.

We decided to just purchase a box. So, we purchased two Wardrobe Moving Boxes. These were the perfect sizes. Sometimes you can find these free online at Craigslist.com, otherwise you can purchase them at most any UHaul type facility.

Then, we purchased spray paint – Pink for Barbie in the box, and Black/Brown/Army green for the G.I. Joe box. Recommend priming first, especially for the pink. Took a few coats, and about 4-5 cans of spray paint to make sure it was thoroughly coated. Had we primed, it may have taken less paint.

Cut out the windows for the front of the boxes, and then used chalk to write the logos (easy to erase) – then once it looked good, we painted the logos with white paint.

Added Mattel logo to the Barbie box and Ages 4+ on the G.I. Joe Box.

We went to the Build a Bear store and purchased the “record your own” buttons that usually you would stick inside the bears with a pre-recorded message. Instead, we used these on the outside of our boxes. For the Barbie box, we recorded a snipit of the song “I’m a Barbie Girl”, and for G.I. Joe, we recorded a snipit of the G.I. Joe theme song.

We wrote “try me” or “Push Me” under the buttons.

For Barbie accessories, we had a tiara, wand, sparkley wallet – and adhered them with twist ties to the front of the box. Could use jewelry, hair accessories, etc. We decided on putting these on the front of the box instead of inside, just so they would be seen easier.

For G.I. Joe accessories, we had plastic guns, grenade, binoculars, etc.

For Barbie – found a cheap dress at Value Village, but any Prom dress could have worked. Had a blond wig, long white gloves, and lots of make up.

For G.I. Joe – had camoflauge, army clothes, etc.

For the plastic covering on the front – we went to a fabric store and purchased clear vinyl. You purchase it by the yard, and different thicknesses. Almost any of them would do.

Super fun costume to put together!

Now….where will we store it when not in use?

Submitted by Jill & Dustin Corcoran, Buckley, WA

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