This cardboard box car was so very easy to make and made the toddler so very happy.
I had been saving the box for a while intending to do something with it. Eventually Mr B kind of insisted that I did as my pile of accumulated
rubbish craft supplies was reaching momentous proportions and threatening to take over the dining room completely.
This week I finally decided to turn this cardboard box into a car for the boy and here is how to do it:
Take one large cardboard box…
Cut off the two longest side flaps and one shorter end-flap, retaining the fourth end-flap.
Fold this flap in half so that it forms a windscreen and bonnet at the end of the box. Secure this to the sides of the box with packing tape.
Turn the box on its side and trace around something round to draw a semi-circular doorway. Cut out. This really has made it much easier for the boy to climb in and out of the car.
Use something round to draw four wheels and a steering wheel from the discarded panels or other cardboard. Cut out and stick the wheels to the car.
Use another discarded flap and tape to the right side of the windscreen and bottom of the car. Stick your steering wheel to this with tape or glue. I also made a central horn for the steering wheel by adding the top of a fabric softener bottle.
With a thick black marker draw in your windscreen frame, steering wheel, hubcaps etc.
Add headlights and a radiator grill. I used cupcake cases for the headlights. Finally throw in a couple of cushions for some upholstery.
And last but not least…
Make one little boy very happy!
Not only will they love sitting in it but give them a pack of crayons to decorate it and you may just get an hour to yourself!
For more crafty toddler ideas why not check out my page here or follow me on pinterest?
And when the weather improves why not head outside and have a go at some garden craft. Check out how to make a yarn teepee here.
Happy crafting x
Michael Cargill says
That is flippin’ awesome.
Also, I’ve got those same scissors. And I hope you didn’t get any black ink on that nice peach carpet.
Thank you…too late…and its not peach it is just a VERY dirty beige x
This is amazing. Have shared on google + community
Oh thank you, that is great! 🙂
Can’t believe I hadn’t pinned it – have now!
I love this! The only limit to play is your imagination. And cardboard boxes are brillant! The other great thing we have done in my classroom is just a pile or collection of empty cardboard boxes and leaving the kids to it. Probably better with slightly older children.
Found through the parenting pin it party!
Thanks so much for visiting and for joining in with the party. Am popping over to your blog now 🙂
Alice @ Mums Make Lists says
Fab car – our’s was much more basic 🙂 Have pinned on my Imagination board – Alice x
Thanks Alice and thanks for joining in with the party 🙂
Actually Mummy (@ActuallyMummy) says
This is exactly the kind of stuff my sister-in-law does and puts me to shame! So I’ve pinned it for her so she can do it next time she’s in charge of mine 😉 #pinitparty
Ha ha, will keep her busy for a while!
That’s amazing! I’m not quite so inventive but I’m totally impressed – and I bet your son was too (most importantly!)
He loves it and colouring it in is keeping him very amused! Thanks for popping by.
Erica at ButeauFull Chaos says
Aww this is so cute! Pinned on my “Fun Wit Kids” Board! Came from Mondays Parenting Pinit Party! Following you with @ericabuteau on Pinterest!
Thanks Erica, am off to follow your board now. I have also pinned your delicious looking Pumpkin Spice cake. Looks awesome!
Romanianmum (@romanianmum) says
How cool! I have so many boxes in my house I might get hubby building one for Kara. I’m useless as this sort of thing,….
Thank you for linking #pinitparty @romanianmum
Thanks for hosting this week lovely x
Cool! Love the cushion in it too – I need to make a giant one for me now 🙂
Shall I make you one? Though I still haven’t finished your dino-hoodie LOL!
That’s just brilliant! 🙂
Thank you honey x
Emma (@emvanstone) says
That is amazing. My little girl would love it. xx
Thanks Emma. It is crazily simple to do 🙂
Helen Neale (@KiddyCharts) says
You are, quite simply, brilliant my love! Wonderful, I bet ur little one had sooooo much fun, and perhaps even Daddy too! 😉
Bit of a hit all round! My next plan is a rocket. Now I just need to buy something in a REALLY big box LOL.
Jess (@JJMcGlynn) says
This is a brilliant idea! Definitely going to try this next time we inherit a large cardboard box. Hopping over from pin it party
Thanks Jess and thanks so much for joining in with the Pin It Party 🙂
You just cannot go wrong with a cardboard box! Yours does look particularly brilliant, though! Popping over form the pin it party
Practically Perfect Mums says
My children are SOOOO deprived! Fabulous!
this is brilliant! love it! x
This is a brilliant car! I can remember always making a car out of an upturned rocking chair as a kid and thinking it was the absolutely best thing ever – kept me and my brother entertained for years. In fact I would still play with it now if I could. I love what you’ve created here from a simple cardboard box, I bet it was ace fun to make as well as for them to play with 🙂
Slummy single mummy says
That looks awesome! When I was little we were always making stuff out of boxes. One of my favourites was a washing machine – you just cut a door and then draw on lots of buttons. We did TVs too and would put on shows 🙂
Note to self – buy a big amazon order and a tin of chocolates. The sacrifices we have to make for our children eh!
Melksham Mum says
This is pretty fab! Will be pinning on my Early Years board for school 🙂
How would I go about making a cardboard ambulance for my son? Probably thinking I would need a few large cardboard boxes. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
How do you keep the windscreen from limping? I see a small black mark in the middle on the front, what is it?
It is just some print on the box. The windscreen actually lasted fine, must have been a pretty sturdy box!
How fantastic is that!