Box Vehicles

Tutorials are now available: {Part 1 – simple car} here and {Part 2 – larger truck} here.

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Last week I was expecting to make one vehicle for the little man out of a nappy box (diaper box). That vehicle was a bulldozer with a moving blade.

But as soon as he had finished admiring it, he requested a dump truck. I hadn’t planned to make a dump truck – aesthetically it would need to be much larger than the bulldozer for the little man to still fit into the cab and have the tray (bed) proportionate. But I agreed (it was an easier request than a cement mixer afterall). The tray may be disproportionately small but it dumps.

Then he requested a bus which he sat in the entire time I was making it, giving me instructions.

The bus is made from one and a half boxes, the other half was added onto the fire engine.

So we needed the other emergency vehicles, firstly the ambulance.

Then the police car.

I had been planning to make about six of these box vehicles, thinking I may might make one every week or so for our next theme on different people. But this far through construction I decided I would finish the last two vehicles. The post van,

And the delivery truck (what better to deliver than cupcakes?!)

I’m now out of nappy boxes (I’m not sure if this is a good or a bad thing) so perhaps now I should make a petrol pump (gas pump) to keep all these vehicles going.

xo

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27 comments

    1. Thanks, glad you like them. Hubby has just thrown out my stash of diaper boxes – I will add a tutorial once I manage to collect another one or two. xo

    1. Thanks, glad you like them. Hubby has just thrown out my stash of diaper boxes – I will add a tutorial once I manage to collect another one or two. xo

  1. Mama Carmody and Jen, I haven’t put up any directions but if you bear with me I will happily provide some as soon as I can {update: tutorial now available}. xo

  2. Hi,

    I’m doing a round-up of DIY projects to do with a diaper box on Disney Baby and wondered if I could include yours. I’d use on photo with credit and link back to your full post. Is that okay?

    Thanks!
    Janssen
    everyday-reading.com

  3. hi i was wondering if you could give me the instructions for how you put together the ambulance you have in the picture. I am a pre-k teacher and their socio-dramatic play center is a hospital. I would love to make this for them

    1. Thanks, I am glad that you like them. There is a general tutorial here: http://keriene.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/car-box-tutorial-part-1-simple-car/ . For the ambulance, I left the back flap vertical, taped the front flap to be horizontal, trimmed the side flaps then taped the remaining parts to be vertical and added extra cardboard for a windshield. The windows, sirens, stripes, lights and wheels are made of cardboard and glued or taped on, and the back doors and front grille are drawn on. If there are more questions you have I am happy to try and answer them but I hope that gives you something to start with. xo

  4. Hi, I was wondering if you could give me a quick tip on making the back of the dump truck movable? I am trying to figure that out. Thanks

    1. Hi Esther, I’m happy to try. You basically want to make a hinge at the back of the truck so that the tray is able to lift but stays attached to the frame underneath only along the back. One possibility is a piece of cardboard folded in half and attached the tray to the bed with the fold along the back of the truck. Another possibility a cylinder (dowel, straw, toothpick, cardboard tube) which goes through both the bed (which I have cut with a higher part to accommodate the cylinder) and also the frame. Another option would be to attach the tray and bed along the back of the truck with pieces of pipe cleaner or string. Please let me know if I can help any further. xo

  5. Wow! Simply beautiful and creative. Congrats! Do you happen to have a tutorial for the bulldozer? My little man is crazy for those.

    1. I’m glad you like them but I’m sorry to say that I do not have a tutorial for the bulldozer in particular. I would suggest using the tutorial for a car {http://keriene.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/car-box-tutorial-part-1-simple-car/} using the variations that are for the ambulance, delivery van or post van. Then add the details for a bulldozer. For tracks, you could use two portions of cardboard tube on each side, and use a strip of cardboard circling around these. For the blade, use two pieces of shaped cardboard on each side of the truck as arms, attached with split pins so that they are able to move. Join these arms with a blade, mine is simply a piece of cardboard curved a little and attached to the arms with tape. You may like to add other details like a safety light or exhaust pipe. I hope this helps but feel free to ask more questions. xo

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