Sticking to our tradition of matching our Trunk or Treat design with our costumes, we created a fun Wreck-It Ralph themed trunk. We had just over a week between our Halloween on the High Seas cruise and Trunk or Treat. This meant we needed a quick, simple idea for our decor.
Creating the Niceland Building
My husband suggested we take inspiration from our Wreck-It Ralph plush and create a building similar to the game. He started on the project during the week using a large box leftover from the new toilet we purchased for the kid’s bathroom (sometimes delaying recycling pays off!). He removed one side, then turned it inside out giving us a nice blank cardboard canvas to start with. A little red acrylic paint and we had the beginning of a building.
I measured the face of the box and, with our son’s help, began planning out the window and door arrangement. We decided on 3 stories with 4 windows each for the top 2 floors, and a large entry door with horizontal windows flanking it on the lower level.
I used my Silhouette to design and cut the window frames, sills (my son’s idea!), and door frame. He cut out the blue cardstock to back the windows using an x-acto knife. Then carefully adhered them to the backs of the frames.
Wanting to add a little dimension to the sills, I dug around our adhesives stash and found foam squares. My daughter applied them to the back of each sill and I placed them onto the window frames.
Measuring carefully and following my sketch, I placed each window using a small amount of Tombow Mono Adhesive. This allowed me to position each one, step back, and make sure they looked correct before fully adhering. Once happy, I used standard Elmer’s school glue.
The last part of the design was the doorway. I created the frame and cut it using my Silhouette. Backed the upper window with light blue cardstock to match the windows. My daughter chose a darker blue color for the doors. I cut that rectangle by hand using my x-acto. Then glued onto the frame.
A little bit of yellow acrylic paint dotted on using the end of a paintbrush made doorknobs. Then I used a marker to draw a single line down the center to create the illusion of two doors.
After placing the building into the back of our CR-V, I realized it needed a little something more and quickly added a few finishing touches. I tore 2 sheets of tissue paper in green colors in half. Crumpled and glued below the lower windows to create shrubs. Then I cut a couple of rectangles from foam board to make a landing step.
I laughed as I added the front steps, but the difference was huge and definitely helped add a little something special to our creation.
Trunk or Treat Ready
I spent the early part of the afternoon working out the arrangement for our Wreck-It Ralph themed trunk design. As with years past, I started with our spiderweb tablecloth. It makes a cute, fast backdrop.
Our Niceland building fit the back of our CR-V perfectly off to one side. That gave me space to hang plush Ralph on the opposite side.
I found a great Wreck-It Ralph logo featuring Ralph and Fix-It Felix Jr. on a fan site. I printed it out on 11×17 paper, adhered to foam board, and trimmed to size. Then placed the sign above the building.
Our Wreck-It Ralph trunk design was fun, a true family project, and cost us nothing but a few hours of time. It themed perfectly with our Ralph Breaks the Internet costumes and received a lot of compliments.
See more of our Trunk or Treat ideas here.