DIY Upcycled Toy Car Repair Garage

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.

DIY Upcycled Toy Car Repair Garage

Supplies:

Instructions:

Step 1. Without tearing the box, disassemble the box where it is glued together.

cardboard craft in progress

Step 2. Lay the top of the box flat and cut of the flaps on both sides. Set these aside for later.

cardboard craft in progress

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.

cardboard craft in progress

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.

cardboard craft in progress

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.

cardboard craft in progress

Step 6. Use the pencil to outline the inside of the three rectangles.

cardboard craft in progress

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.

cardboard craft in progress

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).

cardboard pieces

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”.

DIY Upcycled Toy Car Repair Garage

Step 12. Use the hot glue to secure the door and the signs to the front of the box (as shown).

Cardboard toy car garage craft

Your DIY Upcycled Toy Car Repair Garage playset is complete!

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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