Kids Craft: DIY Wearable Cardboard Box Car

Fun in Cardboard Box Car

Son Having Fun in his New Car!

When I shop at my local green grocer, I request that my fruit and vegetables are packed into cardboard boxes rather than plastic bags. I have found that I have started to get an accumulation of boxes and thought it was about time I did something useful with them. My son is almost two and is absolutely car crazy. Car this, car that. While he was having his afternoon sleep I set to work, making him his very own wearable cardboard box car. Firstly, I cut the base out of the box and put this to one side to use later on. I then painted the entire box, using non-toxic poster paint, in red and then put the box outside in the sun to dry.

Cardboard Box

Cardboard Box with Base removed

While I waited for the paint to dry, I started to make the wheels. Painting 4 large paper plates black and while they dried, I raided my card making stuff. I found some small silver doilies that were perfect for the car’s tyre rims. Once the tyres were dry, I trimmed them down before gluing on the doily rims.


Cardboard Box Car – Wheels

By this time, the red paint on the box had dried. As I could still see some of the writing on the box, even after a couple of coats of red paint, I painted the top half of the box in black and again, put it in the sun to dry. While that was drying, I grabbed the base that I had earlier cut out and set aside. I trimmed the base in half – one half to make into a steering wheel and the other to use to make a personalised licence plate. I cut out a rectangle from one half and painted it all black and left that to dry. After the black paint had dried, I painted my son’s name on the licence plate using white paint. I also painted the edge of the licence plate in white to finish it off.

licence plate

Personalised Licence Plate

To make the steering wheel, I traced a paper plate and cut out the circle shape. I then simply painted a steering wheel onto the circle. Once the paint had dried, I made a horn by trimming one of the silver doilies and sticking it in the middle of the steering wheel.

Steering Wheel

Steering Wheel

To make the headlights, I painted two paper plates in yellow and trimmed them into circles after the paint was dry. At this point, I was still waiting for everything to dry so I grabbed an empty toilet roll and covered it in aluminium foil to act as an exhaust pipe.



Exhaust Pipe

Exhaust Pipe

Once the cardboard box was completely dried, using kids paper craft glue, I glued on the wheels and the headlights. To secure the steering wheel, I pierced a hole in the middle of the horn and also in between the headlights. I secured the steering wheel using a long split pin so it could spin.

Assembling the car

Assembling the Car

Securing the Steering Wheel

Securing the Steering Wheel

Using a single hole punch, I punched out two holes in the top of the licence plate and tied it on with string through the holes that were already in the fruit and vegetable box. I also punched holes in the cardboard box for string to be attached at either end to make the car wearable. I then made a small ‘x’ cut alongside the licence plate and put in a pair of scissors up to the handle, spun them around until the ‘x’ was a wide enough circle to place in the toilet roll exhaust pipe. After around two hours, I had finally finished the wearable cardboard box car and my son was still asleep. You have no idea how tempted I was to wake him just so I could see his face!

Cardboard Box Car

Finished Product!


Cardboard Box Car

Finished Product!

To make a wearable cardboard box car, you will need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Stanley Trimmer Knife
  • String
  • Paper craft glue
  • Non-toxic poster paint in colours of your choice (I used red, black, white and yellow)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Single Hole Punch
  • 6 Paper Plates
  • 5 Small Silver Doilies
  • Split Pin
  • Toilet Roll
  • Aluminium Foil

Have you made similar projects? What have you made for your children using a cardboard box?

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  1. Cute as can be! He must love it–what a great Mommy you are :) Thanks for linking up with the Craft Challenge Creative Link Party–
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  2. I have a nephew who is 3 and hew would just love this. What a cute idea and cool that a little one could even help make this!!
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  3. this cardboard car would be so fun! my son LOVED playing in/on/around boxes when small so he would have loved this (might still you never get too old for cardboard!). Thanks for sharing the inspiration and the tute at our creative craft challenge! This post will be one of the features this Friday! Hope you stop by again :)
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