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Turn Your Kid into a Llama

By Kathy Cano-Murillo

This DIY llama boxtume is the perfect way to turn heads this Halloween. What’s a #boxtume you ask? They are creative Halloween costumes that you can make at home using boxes and crafting supplies around the house. They can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like. You’ll be happy to know that this one is made from only three Amazon Smile boxes! Aside from your boxes, you’ll need felt, glue, and embellishments.

Large box
Medium box
Long box
Duct tape, masking tape, hot glue
Scissors, craft paint brushes
Felt or fabric

1. The first step is to build the foundation of the llama with the boxes. Use tape to hold them together and then use hot glue or extra strength glue to secure them even more. You want a sturdy llama.

2. Cut out the ear from cardboard, leaving a long area to glue to the back of the head and inside the neck of the box.

3. Cover your llama. This is where you add the personality. Llamas can be any color you want; use your imagination. I went with tan because I had a bolt of tan felt in my studio, but you can use white, pink, etc. You can also use paint, papier mâché, or fabric to bring your llama to life. Use hot glue to keep felt or fabric in place.

4. You can use ping-pong balls for eyes, or, like me, you can cut up another box to make eyes, eyelids, lashes, and the pupil. Paint and let dry.

5. Llamas are known for their crazy teeth, so have fun and cut up some chompers from cardboard. Use felt shapes to form the nose and lips. I also used hearts for the cheeks.
6. For a super cute look, you can use more felt to decorate the sides and neck. I used pompom trim from the craft store, or you can make your own.

7. Add even more touches as you see fit—faux fur on the head, straps to wear the boxtume over your shoulders, even darker colored felt for accents. 

See a how-to video for this boxtume at

Kathy Cano-Murillo is an artist, speaker, and author of Forever Frida (Adams Media, 2019) and other books. She is the founder of the number one website for Latinocentric art-and-craft tutorials: