DIY Book Day Costume – Green Tractor

Around a year ago before Covid surrounded our part of the world, the school organized “the world’s book day”. As part of the celebration, learners had to read their favorite story book and they had to dress up as their favorite character. Back then “The Green Tractor” was Zayan’s favorite book and I knew it was his obvious choice for the day.

My inner Martha Stewart was super excited to have this opportunity to play around with available supplies to create something nice for him. DIY was my clear-cut choice as my budget soul did not want to spend on something which won’t be of any use in future. Pinterest as always was my go to place for idea search and after a while I knew exactly what I had to make. Here is a step by step easy peasy tutorial of a tractor costume.

Supplies for DIY Tractor Costume:

For this project I didn’t have to buy anything, as supplies were easily available at home. Below are the supplies I used for this DIY costume.

  • Carton – Medium size
  • Carton – Small size
  • 4 disposable plates – large
  • 2 disposable storage bowls with lids – small
  • Yellow A4 size printing paper
  • Kitchen towel empty roll
  • Yellow ribbon for handles
  • Spray paints – Yellow, Green, Black & Silver
  • Scissor
  • Glue gun
Supplies used for DIY tractor costume

Steps to follow:

  • Seal the small size carton with tape from all the sides.
  • Remove the top and base part of medium sized carton to make it wearable as a costume.
  • Stick tightly the smaller carton on the front side of the medium carton, to create the body of the costume.
  • Spray paint the body with green color and let it dry. Apply a second coat if required.
    Please note, I painted the front part of the body with black color, as shown in one of the DIY search results (so much for the detailing).
Front side
  • Cut the edges of disposable plate in zig-zag shape and spray paint them in black to make the tires. Place them upside down on right and left sides of tractor body, 2 each side.
  • Spray paint disposable bowl in silver to make head lights. Once dry stick the on the front black side of tractor body (small carton).
    Lids will be colored yellow and used as top part of the zigzag shape tires.
  • Cut 2.5 inches wide stripes of yellow A4 size paper to be used as the stripe down the sides. Paste them with glue carefully.
  • Paint Empty kitchen towel roll in black for the vertical exhaust of tractor. Fix it on top of front small carton with glue. Make sure it is holding tightly.
  • Cut two yellow ribbon stripes, approx 20 to 22 inches each. This is a rough estimate, you can measure and cut according to the height of your child. These stripes will help to wear the costume on shoulders. Paste them inside the body of medium sized carton.

Hope this was a helpful and budget friendly tutorial for costume days at school.


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