Upgrades for The 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car

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You’ll love this cute recycled craft you can make and enjoy with your kids! The 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car (now with upgrades!) is so much fun! 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!

So about five minutes after I finished making The 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car, O started asking for more. “Mommy! This car needs a seat! Mommy! This car needs side mirrors! Mommy! This car needs gas pedals!”  And this continued after preschool, all evening and into the next morning until I relented and upgraded his car. Despite all the requests he certainly spent that entire time playing with it just the way it was and had plenty of fun but you can’t argue with the end user’s expectations, can you? (Oh, and also, please note the extensive scotch tape additions. Like I said, scotch tape is O’s favorite thing ever and he used it to make the car “more prettier!”)

So here’s what we did:

The 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car Upgrades

Cardboard scraps (the cutout windows worked nicely)

2 small empty boxes

Hot glue

Utility Knife

Aluminum 

1. I made the seat first. Since we’re going for utility and not beauty I honestly just glued two empty boxes together and glued them to the inside of the car. End of story. If your kid is older and you think the boxes might collapse when they sit on it, stuff them with newspaper first. 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!2. To make the gas and brake pedal, and make them sturdy enough for little feet to stomp on, I cut two triangles that were roughly 30/60/90 triangles. Make sure one corner is actually 90 degrees so it sits flat in the box but otherwise eyeball it. I just cut one and used it to trace the others. Then I cut a 3 inch wide strip that was as long as the long sides of the triangles:45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!

Glue the strip to the long sides of the triangles with hot glue like this:45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!

 

Repeat to make another pedal (or two more if your car is a manual transmission!)45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!Then put glue along the bottom and back edges and glue them inside the car! 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!

3. To make side mirrors, first I cut out two shapes like this:45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!

Can you see how I also cut into that flap on the side through the middle? I bent each half of that flap in opposite directions:45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!

Then I cut a smaller rectangle of cardboard, wrapped it in foil and glued it to the mirror:45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!Finally I used those bent flaps, one going forward, and one going back, to glue the side mirror onto the car. 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!O was totally delighted with these upgrades and they only took me about an extra 15 minutes to do (including cleanup) which still brings the cardboard box car to only an hour. 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour! 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!

Checking his blind spot in the side mirror…

45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour! 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!Oh, and while I was working, O continued to decorate his car. I thought maybe this was meant to be a bumper, but “No Mom, the paper and tape just make it look cooler!” Ok then, whatever you say! 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car|  littleredwindow.com  |  Not all crafts have to be perfect and pinterest-worthy, this cardboard box car is fun to make WITH your kids and is done in less than an hour!

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Upgrades for The 45 Minute Cardboard Box Car

  1. This is such a creative post and great use of cardboard materials! Thank you for linking up on “A Little Bird Told Me” Wednesday link up party! You have been featured on Mama’s Happy Hive blog.

  2. What fun! I love it! I know the hot rod I would make would NEED flames on it, but I am ready to go and get a box and get started! Let the creative juices flow!!! Thank you!!!

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