DIY Cardboard Box Car: Start Your Crafty Engines!
This upcycled cardboard box car is the perfect DIY project to keep little hands busy, and little imaginations fueled! You only need a few materials you’ll more than likely have lying around the house, and little boys and girls alike will love the opportunity to spend the afternoon getting creative, and kitting out their dream car!
You Will Need:
- A large cardboard box – big enough for your child (or fur baby) to sit in.
- Acrylic paints – I used black, blue, yellow and white
- Sticky tape
- 7 paper plates
- 2 toilet rolls
- Coloured paper – I used white, black and silver
- Double sided tape
- Craft knife
How to Make Your DIY Cardboard Box Car:
Cut off one of the flaps on the shortest side of the box. Use masking tape to stick together the two longest flaps in the middle. Use more masking tape to fix the top of the centre flap to the front of the box. Now, use a pen knife to cut about a third of this centre flap off. If you need to, use masking tape to stick together all the flaps on the bottom of the box.
Next, fold the centre flap so it forms a triangle – use tape to secure it to the short flap you didn’t cut off. Go round all the raw edges with tape, and make sure everything feels secure.
Paint the car in whatever colour you’d like. You’ll need a good couple of coats to get everything opaque!
Cut out a rectangle of white paper for the windshield, and create a speedometer. Paint two toilet rolls blue, and paint 4 of the paper plates black (these will be the tyres) and the other 3 yellow (this will be the steering wheel, and the headlights). Cut out 4 circles of reflective silver paper – these will be the tyre mags. Finally, cut out some eyes, eyebrows and a mouth of black paper.
Take one of the yellow paper plates and cut out a Y-shape for the steering wheel. Cut a small hole into your cardboard box, just big enough to stick in a toilet roll. Use tape to secure it to the wheel, then slide it in – this way you have a wheel that spins!
Tape another toilet roll to the side of the car to hold a flower, and stick on all your other bits and pieces. Get creative and add as many ‘mods’ as you want!
Start your engines, and let your imagination take you on an adventure!
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