Halloween Costumes for the Family: Make Your Own Boat

boat craft

If you’re itching to unleash your inner crafter for Halloween, this DIY wagon-turned-boat is the perfect project to choose. There are so many fun family themes to go along with it, like Jaws (as seen here with my son), fish and fishermen, The Little Mermaid, and beyond, your gang will love getting in the spirit together. It’s especially great for carting around little kids as you go house to house. 

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The best part about this craft is that everything was upcycled or collected from around the house. The only item we purchased was this adorable and high-quality baby shark costume from Amazon. 


  • Wagon
  • Large pieces of cardboard (ideally recycled from an old box)
  • Non-toxic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors or exacto knife (to be used only be parents)


  1. Measure the length and width of your wagon.
  1. Trace your desired shape for the two sides and one back of the boat on the cardboard, curving the shape of your boat up in the front.
  1. Using excess cardboard, trace and cut out waves the same length as the boat.
  1. Using scissors or an exacto knife (parent only), cut out your boat and waves.
boat craft 1
  1. Section off the top couple of inches for your boat trim. Paint two coats of the base and the trim. Lay out to dry.
  1. Using blue and white paint, create your waves, focusing the white and lighter paint towards the top. Lay out to dry.
  1. Name your boat! Whether you hand paint the letters, or print and cut them out, give your boat a proper name and attach it to the back of the boat.
  1. Using a generous amount of duct tape, secure each piece of your boat to the wagon. Then, add the waves.