When I posted about these cardboard cars originally it was for a giveaway. I had not planned on doing a tutorial, but when I saw how many times it had been pinned and when I was getting emails asking how I made them, I decided to take a second and show you :)
We made these cars back in May and they are still in mint condition. THAT is saying something when I have 4 little boys and they have been in the play room this whole time. It is all because instead of just painting them, I covered them in colorful duct tape.
I figured if I was going to go to all the effort of making them, I wanted them to hold up longer than one movie.
They were flattened so I folded and taped them together.
The I just started going around and around with the
Scotch Duct Tape
I made sure to start and stop at the same place so I had one seam. This way it looked much cleaner.
The yellow car (or should I say bus) has a shoe box that has been covered in tape on the front. It ended up being a great place for my 2 year old to set his popcorn and I am thinking of added them to the other cars as well.
I was amazed at how much more durable the duct tape made them!
Using black party plates would have been easier and they would have been smaller and probably looked better. I believe in using what you have on hand so I happened to have regular paper plates and black spray paint.
I attached the wheels using regular brass brads. That way they could really turn.
Here is the projector we have and love:
It is funny to me that the simple things and sometimes the things you do on a whim, become so popular with your kids and create such awesome memories.