One of our readers, Chloe, sent me some photos of a cardboard car she made for her dolls and I thought it was such a neat idea that I asked her to write up the instructions so we could feature it as today’s 100 Days of Doll Play activity. Now, like I have said all summer, the activities are supposed to be INSPIRATION! Take them and add your personal spin on it – add your creativity, use what you have and make it your own. (Then share the photos on Instagram, Facebook or email them to me, so we can all see what you made.)
To make the cardboard car you will need:
Construction paper, glue (hot glue works best), packaging tape, a cardboard box (make sure your dolls fit in it!), Pencil, Scissors,a printed radio (optional), a printed wheel (optional), and an extra piece of thick cardboard.
Step One: Choose the front of the car. Then fold the front flap down inside the box,and tape. Don’t fold it all the way down though. This is where the Ignition, Steering wheel, Cup holders, and Radio will go.
Step Two: Fold the rest of your flaps up. Then tape them together.
Step Three: Draw your windows on the sides of the box. Then cut them out, you may need to ask an adult to help with this.
Step Four: Cover the sides of your box with colored construction paper. When you come across the window, trace the square from the inside. You will probably have to glue, though you could tape them too, if you like.
Step Five: Cut a piece of construction paper the size of the flap folded down inside. Glue it down. Press firmly so it will stick.
Step Six: Take a piece of yellow construction paper and cut out four circles ( you may use red for the taillights). Glue two of the circles to the front for headlights, and two to the back for taillights. In the front, draw about five lines between the headlights for the grill.
Step Seven: For a license plate, cut out a small square and wright where you live, and anything else you’d like! Maybe some words like your last name, or numbers!
Step Eight: For seats I used a piece of construction paper and folded it to look like a seat. I then glued it into the back of the box.
Step Nine: For the wheels, take your piece of extra cardboard and cut out four of the same sized circles. You could make a template if you’d like from a piece of paper. Then glue them to the sides of the box.
Step Ten: For the steering wheel’s stick, cut out a long rectangle and roll it up, tape it secure. Glue it to the flap you folded down inside. For the wheel, draw, and cut out a wheel, or you could print one if you’d like. Glue it to the rolled up stick.
Step Eleven: For the ignition, roll up a tiny rectangle and glue it to the flap you folded down inside.F or the key, cut out a jagged shaped rectangle. Or u could roll up another tiny rectangle. Either way, make sure it fits inside the ignition. if you would like a key chain, simple cut out a tiny picture, or a piece of paper with a line above it. Tape it to the key.
Step Twelve: Cup holders! Your doll needs a place for her drink! For a circle cup holder, cut out a long rectangle and roll it into a circle shape, tape it together, and then glue it down on the flap folded down inside. For a square one, simply use that same shape and fold it a few times, tape it together, and glue it down on the flap folded down inside.
Last Step (Step Thirteen)!: The radio! Don’t forget the radio! You can draw or print a radio. If you print one, simply cut it out and glue it to the flap you folded down.
You’re Done! Have fun with your doll car!
Thanks Chloe! You did a great job making the car and writing up the instructions.