BYU grad makes finals in National Boxtroll costume contest

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"Daddy's Little Boxtroll" is the work of Elise Peterson, former BYU student body president. Elise is one of 10 finalists in Amazon's "Think Inside  the Box" costume contest. (Elise Peterson)
“Daddy’s Little Boxtroll” is the work of Elise Peterson, former BYU student body president. Elise is one of 10 finalists in Amazon’s “Think Inside the Box” costume contest. (Elise Peterson)

BYU alumni Elise May Peterson is one of 10 finalists in Amazon’s National Boxtroll Costume contest.

“Think Inside the Box” is Amazon’s costume contest, which was inspired by the Boxtrolls, a stop-motion claymation movie that hit theaters last month.

Amazon encouraged fans to create their own Boxtroll costumes. Peterson’s submission is called “Daddy’s Little Boxtroll” and currently sits in first place with over 780 votes. The second place finalist has 660 votes.

The winner will receive $3,000 in Amazon gift cards. Amazon Facebook fans and a panel of judges will determine the winner.

Elise Peterson, former BYU student body president, created a Boxtroll father and daughter costume set to enter into Amazon's costume contest. Peterson has the chance to win $3,000. Voting ends Oct. 17. (Elise Peterson)
Elise Peterson has the chance to win $3,000 in the Boxtroll costume contest. Voting ends Oct. 17. (Elise Peterson)

Peterson, originally from South Weber and a former student body president at BYU, said she loves to create. She wrote a blog post about the process of making the costumes because many people thought her costumes were “dummies, not real people costumes.”

She first began by making the head out of oatmeal boxes. Using paper mache, scissors and tape, Peterson molded the head shapes and then painted them with acrylics.

She went to Deseret Industries for blue costumes and completed the look with stuffed gloves, cardboard shoes and paper labels. Peterson then dressed up her husband and daughter as Boxtrolls.

“We went to the park for a photo shoot and I made my husband Chris use his super muscle strength to take her picture on his bicep…and head,” Peterson said. “They were such good sports. And yes, they can see great through the mouths.”

The voting began Oct. 13 and ends Friday, Oct. 17. You can see all Boxtroll finalists here.

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