Mom makes elaborate $5 Halloween costumes out of cardboard boxes

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<pIf you have cardboard boxes lying around the house — hello Amazon deliveries! — you could be looking at your next great Halloween<p

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<pBevens not only uses items she already has, each costume costs her about $5 to make.

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<pBevens, 23, is a stay-at-home mom to Noah, 3, and Toby, 18 months. She started making Halloween costumes for her sons last year as a creative outlet.

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<pShe makes a new costume every few days in the month of October and posts photos of the costumes on Instagram.

<pSo far this year, Noah and Toby have been transformed into a porcupine, a Rubik's cube and a "National Lampoon" character, among others.

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<pNear the end of October, Bevens gives away the costumes so other kids can use them.

<p"I love to make things, and Halloween is the best time," she said. "There aren't many other reasons during the year to just be creative and glue cardboard together."

<p"And every mom wants to see their kids in cute costumes," she added, "so who wouldn’t want a whole month of it?"

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Ready to try your own hand at a homemade Halloween costume?

<pBevens has shared step-by-step instructions to create a child's salad costume using just five materials.

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<p"So far one of my son's all-time favorites has been the salad costume," she said. "For being such a large costume it was actually one of the easiest to make. The steps were simple and the supplies were minimal."

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<p1 T-shirt (one or two sizes bigger than normal)

<pGreen tissue paper

<pConstruction paper or poster board

<pRed balloons

<pHot glue gun

<pDirections:

<p1. Pinch the tissue paper in the center and add glue.

<p2. Stick the tissue paper onto the t-shirt. Repeat until shirt looks full.

<p3. Cut lettuce and leaf shapes out of the green construction paper.

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<p4. Hot glue the shapes around the shirt/tissue paper.

<p5. Glue two small red balloons on to look like tomatoes.

<p6. Cut two salad forks out of cardboard for the child to hold, or use real forks/salad mixers instead.

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