JEEP WRANGLER BOX CAR RACER
This is a great project to try just for fun or to make box car racers for events like birthday parties, community events or family gatherings or just to play with at home or in the backyard.
These were designed as an homage to the soap box derby cars from back in the day. Best of all you can create them using materials found in the recycling bin, common crafting supplies and a cardboard box.
The box cars in the photo were for a community event. We created prototypes and then held a public workshop to help others build box cars for the event.
The Jeep box car project took about a day to complete.
HOW TO MAKE A JEEP WRANGLER FROM A CARDBOARD BOX
- Cardboard box
- Paper towel or wrapping paper cardboard roll
- Egg carton
- Coffee can lids x 4 for wheels (or cut 4 cardboard circles and paint them)
- White glue
- Hot glue/gun
- Masking tape
- Utility knife
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
Using the design pictured, trace the outline of the Jeep onto the cardboard box, front, sides and back.
Using a utility knife or large scissors cut out the shape.
Sketch on details like the headlights, grill and bumper in pencil on the front. On the bottom of the box draw an opening for the driver to fit in. Cut out the opening and tape the box flaps together if needed. The size of opening depends on the size of the box and the size of the driver, it should be large enough to comfortably fit around the driver’s waist.
We chose green paint for our Jeep but you can paint yours any colour you like.
We used a cardboard tube and two egg carton sections for the front bumper. We taped and glued them in place and then painted them black.
For the back, sketch rough location of taillights and back bumper etc on the back of the box. You can use lids from the recycling bin for taillights or paint them on as pictured here.
We painted the spare tire on the back but you could use another coffee can lid if you’d like, we only had four at the time.
Glue the four coffee can lid where the wheels should go on each side. We used Gorilla Glue for our project as it bonds really well.
We added a white circle on each side for the racer’s number.
If you try this project we’d love to see a photo. Post your masterpiece on Nana’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/GetCreativeWithNana