Cardboard Box Car

This cardboard box car was a fun craft to make for my son!
Cardboard Box Car - make this for your toddler!

Children always seem to be attracted to cardboard boxes. So I decided to make the box even better and make a cardboard box car craft!

To make the car, first I cut the flaps off a large cardboard box. Then I penciled in the front shape of the car on one side, and cut along this line with a craft knife. I was using a sturdy double-walled box so it took a little time! I left the front part of the box uncut to make the windshield/windscreen. I used the piece I cut off as a template for the other side, completing the front shape of the car. Then I shaped the back end of the car.

Cardboard Box Car

To make the windshield (windscreen) I cut a rectangle out of the top of the front of the car, then scored a line in the front so that I was able to angle it backwards.

Cardboard Box Car

At this point I had to decide whether to paint it or not. I decided NOT. It wouldn’t look so finished but I decided it wasn’t so important – looking like a box would probably be more enticing! Next I had to decide whether to have doors. I decided YES. Unless I wanted to lift F in and out each time, doors would be essential.

I attached some paper plates for wheels and cut a door shape between them. The “hinge” is made by scoring on the inside of the car so the door opens outwards.

Cardboard Box Car

I used foil paper circles for the rear and front lights, and some black card stock for the side windows. For the licence plate I downloaded a blank template from Education World and glued it to the back of the car.

Cardboard Box Car

I really wanted a moving steering wheel. But I couldn’t quite see how to attach it. In the end I glued two plates together (for stability) and cut a steering wheel shape out of the middle. Then I put a brad (split pin) through the centre of the steering wheel into a piece of card, and taped the card at an angle into the car.

Cardboard Box Car

With a little cushion for a backrest/seat the car was complete!

Cardboard Box Car

F was delighted with his car!

Cardboard Box Car

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Do you like making crafts from cardboard boxes and other recyclables? Check out Green, Crafty & Creative – a book I have co-authored!Green Crafty & Creative

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