There are two things I know to be true about kids. Firstly, they make a ton of garbage! Secondly, no matter how many toys they have, they always want more! So when I can use some of the garbage to turn into a new toy, I consider that a HUGE win. That’s why I absolutely love this DIY upcycled toy car repair garage. It’s such a cute way to give them some imaginative play time. Since I have four boys, they LOVE their toy cars, but it can get boring for them to just race them around our family room. But have you seen the prices of the ready-made car playsets?? With just a few little supplies, you can make your own toy car playsets that your kids will adore.
- A cardboard box that is approximately 10 ½” x 8” x 2 ½” (The one used in this craft is from a frozen family dinner.)
- 2 sheets of green construction paper
- Craft scissors
- Glue gun
- Black permanent marker
Step 1. Without tearing the box, disassemble the box where it is glued together.
Step 2. Lay the top of the box flat and cut of the flaps on both sides. Set these aside for later.
Step 3. Use the glue to put back together the bottom of the box (as shown) and stand this part up with the other part laying on the table.
Step 4. Leave a wider section on the left side of the box and then cut out 3 rectangles that the toy cars can fit through. (This box is 10 ½” wide. The space on the left side is 2 “ then each rectangle is 2” wide and 3” tall with about 1 “ of space in between the rectangles.
Step 5. Lay down a sheet of green construction paper and line the box up at the bottom of the rectangles with the wide edge of the paper.
Step 6. Use the pencil to outline the inside of the three rectangles.
Step 7. Cut out the rectangles on the green paper.
Step 8. Use the glue gun to adhere the green paper to the front of the box. Make sure to glue all the edges around the rectangles and edges of the box. Fold the excess paper over the box and secure with glue.
Step 9. Use the second sheet of green paper and cut sheets that will cover the sides and top of the front of the box and secure them with glue.
Step 10. Use the extra pieces of cardboard from Step 2 to make your signs and a door to the service station (as shown). The signs here are 2” wide and ¾“ tall. Use the black marker to write the words “service, tires, brakes and mufflers” on the signs. Cut a piece of cardboard that is 1” tall and ¾” wide. Draw on it to make it look like a double door (as shown).
Step 11. Cut a piece of cardboard that is 1 ½’ x 7”. Write your child’s name in plural along with the word “garage”.
Step 12. Use the hot glue to secure the door and the signs to the front of the box (as shown).
Your DIY Upcycled Toy Car Repair Garage playset is complete!