Sunday, January 13, 2013

Matchbox car garage

My little guy is OBSESSED with cars. One morning a few weeks ago, he tried to make his own garage using dominos. That got my husband and I thinking that we should make him a garage.

This was a fun project that used materials we had around the house. It took about 2-3 hours, but was pretty easy to make.



Supplies:
- Cardboard box
- Empty paper towel roll
- Duct tape (black)
- Packing tape
- Scissors
- Knife
- Pencil
- Black marker


How to:
1. Start with a large cardboard box.
2. Cut the top pieces off the box. Use packing tape to reinforce the box, as necessary.





3. Cut two holes in the front of the box. These will be the garage doors.




4. Make the second story for the garage. Cut a strip of cardboard about 1/3 the size of the box. Cut the paper towel role in three equal pieces. Tape it to the cardboard strip.




5.  Attach the second story of the garage to the floor of the box using duct tape.



6. Add a ramp for cars to get up to the second floor. Cut a strip from the cardboard and attach it with the duct tape.


7. Draw in the parking spaces. We put ours about two inches apart.



8.  Add a small lip to the top of the second floor of the garage to keep the cars from rolling off. Cut another small strip of cardboard and attach it with duct tape.

9. Paint or tape the garage with duct tape.





9. Add any "decorations" that you want. We added a garage and a parking sign. We also let our son color a few cardboard signs to hang around the outside of the garage.

10. Add the cars and enjoy!








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40 comments:

  1. Welcome to Blogoholic Missy.

    I love the garage and just goes to show that children love things being made for them, does not always have to be expensive from a shop

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm glad you like the garage!

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  2. It turned out great! So sweet of you guys to make for him.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa. I appreciate you stopping by!

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  3. I love this! The best toys are made out of cardboard! We used to give our kids a box full of "recyclables" with junk it that we would have thrown away and enjoy seeing what they would come up with. It always amazed me.

    Thanks for visiting Marty's Musings!
    Marty

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marty. My son plays with this garage every day!

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  4. Thomas would love this. I have to make it this weekend!

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    1. You should totally make it, Christina! It was easy peasy!

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  5. This is awesome! I bet your son LOVES this! I don't have kids, but from what I've seen, kids tend to love cardboard boxes just as much as toys, so this is like the best of both worlds :)

    P.S. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

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  6. This is genius. Recycling at it's best :) LOVE it. Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday! (and for adding the button)

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  7. Hi Missy! Thanks for taking the time to stop by DianaRambles.com and commenting on my linky party etiquette post. I'd love to have you come back to my linky party that starts on Fridays! I am a new follower via GFC, Twitter, Pinterest, & Facebook!

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    1. Diana, thanks for stopping by! I also followed you.

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  8. This is great! Visiting from the GFC blog hop! Love the creativity!

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  9. How cute! I love that you made him one instead of just buying one! I am pinning so I can come back for inspiration when my Little Man gets old enough to play with cars.

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  10. Oh and I forgot to say I would love it if you would share this (and anything else you have been working on) at my linky party! http://domesticrandomness.blogspot.com/2013/01/friday-fascinations-8-everything-linky.html

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  11. What a wonderful project! Every little boy (and his Mom) will love this!

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    1. Thanks Noreen! I appreciate you stopping by.

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  12. awww love it very nice you took the time to do that for your little one!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I appreciate you stopping by.

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  13. What kid doesn't love a cardboard box! There are so many possibilities. My son would love this. Now I need to go find a cardboard box.

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  14. Love it! I've even got a box handy. Now I know what we're doing today!

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    1. I'm glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. OMG! when i saw this garage i immediately became a follower of your blog! 2nd i saved your blog to my toolbar so the second my husband wakes up we can start making this! our 4yo grnd son who is here alot is also obsessed with cars and forever i have wanted to buy a garage, but no money and here you are! tx soooo much for sharing! aloha, angi in hana

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    1. I'm glad you came across this post! I hope your grandson loves his new garage!

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  16. Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional. Your post has been featured so head over and grab a brag button!
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2013/01/tuesday-confessional-features.html
    ~Macy
    www.craftyconfessions.com

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    1. That's awesome! Thanks so much, Macy!

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  17. Such a FUN garage!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening! :)

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  18. This turned out really well. Great job. I'm so glad you shared at Romance on a dime.

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