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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
To make a wearable cardboard box car, you will need:
- Cardboard box
- Stanley Trimmer Knife
- Paper craft glue
- Non-toxic poster paint in colours of your choice (I used red, black, white and yellow)
- 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?