If the Paw Patrol will be cruising in your neighborhood this Halloween, make sure they are fully outfitted with the service vehicles they need. Your little pup will sure look cute wearing Marshall‘s fireman hat and jacket while trick or treating, but why not finish the look with this DIY Firetruck? We’ve put together the steps it takes to become a well prepared hero. He’ll be zooming off as soon as Ryder calls. Every fireman need a firetruck, especially in the Halloween Parade. Follow along and download our printable templates to get started.
This fire truck costume was designed to fit a 6 year old. You can adjust the overall measurements of the foam core pieces slightly as you go to fit a smaller child. The template pieces will still look good even if the body of the car is slightly smaller.
- 20” x 30” White Foam Core (at least 6 sheets)
- 20” x 30” Black Foam Core (at least 3 sheets)
- Aluminum Foil
- Hot Glue Gun
- Craft Knife
- Red Spray Paint
- Spray Adhesive
- Yellow Craft Foam
- Black Duct Tape
- 5” Wide Ribbon
- Adhesive Velcro Strips
- Template 1 and Template 2
Step 1. MAKING THE FIRE TRUCK- Cut white foam core into the following size: two pieces 15” x 25”, two pieces 15” x 15”, one piece 10” x 15” and one piece 6” x 15”
Step 2. Hot glue the pieces together as shown to form the body of the fire truck.
Step 3. Lightly spray paint the fire truck red, and let dry.
Step 4. Cut out the following pieces out of black foam core- one piece 15” x 2.5” and one piece 15” x 6”. Cut a rectangular piece 9” x 5” out of white foam core. Trace and cut 2 rear light templates out of yellow foam.
Step 5. Wrap the white rectangle in aluminum foil. Tape the foil on the back and smooth out the front of the rectangle.
Step 6. Rip thin strips of black duct tape and place them horizontally on the foil, as shown.
Step 7. Attach the pieces to the back of the truck, as shown. The back of the truck should have the larger cross piece (To allow room for the ladder) Use the hot glue to attach all the pieces.
Step 8. Use the spray adhesive to attach the wheel template to white foam core, and cut out the wheels (note… You will need 4 wheels to complete both sides of the truck)
Step 9. Cut two rectangles from white foam core- 15” x 2.5” each. Wrap the rectangles in foil.
Step 10. Cut out the stripes and badge from the side template. Trace and cut the wheel well template out of black foam core. Cut a small rectangle 8” x 2.5” out of black foam core.
Step 11. Attach all the side pieces, as shown. Use the spray adhesive for the stripes and badge, and the hot glue for the remaining pieces.
Step 12. Cut a rectangle 15” x 2.5” from white foam core. Use the front template to cut the remaining three pieces.
Step 13. Wrap the front pieces in foil. Use the black duct tape to add long vertical stripes to the large grill.
Step 14. Hot glue the pieces on the front of the fire truck.
Step 15. Cut two rectangles 15” x 3”. Cut one side in at a 45 degree angle (As shown). Use the template to cut the front windshield out of white foam core. Wrap the three pieces in foil.
Step 16. Hot glue the windshield to the fire truck. Start by gluing the side pieces on, with the angled part facing the front of the truck, then attach the front windshield, gluing it to the angled side pieces so it’s more secure.
Step 17. MAKING THE LADDER- Cut out two pieces of white foam core, that are slanted on one edge- 5” wide, and 15” long on one side and 12” on the other side. Cut out three rectangles 4” x 9” from white foam core.
Step 18. Hot glue the pieces together, as shown, to form a ladder. The slanted edges should line up with each other.
Step 19. Hot glue the slanted edge of the ladder to the back of the fire truck.
Step 20. ATTACHING THE STRAPS- Use the craft knife to cut two small slits in the front/top panel of the fire truck, as shown in the photo. The slits should be just wide enough for the ribbon to slide through.
Step 21. Cut a piece of ribbon, approximately 50” long. Slide the ribbon through the openings from the top. Attach one part of the adhesive Velcro to each end of the ribbon.
Step 22. Attach the other part of the adhesive Velcro to the underside of the back top panel.
Step 23. When done, the straps should be approximately shoulder width apart and the Velcro straps can be adjusted when the costume is being worn. Watch out, his costume is super cute!!