Do you have a stack of egg boxes that are collecting dust in your craft cupboard? Now is the perfect time to make these adorable, reused egg carton toy cars! A bit of color turns an old egg carton into an adorable little toy that kids will love. You can even have your children help you make them and customize them to your own taste.
Egg carton toy cars
As a mother of two boys, I spent many hours, probably days, playing with toy cars. Whether it’s expensive remote-controlled cars or the cheapest plastic car from the dollar store, they always loved every car they could play with. Even to this day, my teen is excited about fast cars and remote-controlled cars.
My boys didn’t mind what kind, they just loved to play with them. So it is a great craft for my family to turn some egg boxes into small cars. We can easily customize all of our favorite colors and styles, and while they’re not traditional, they’re ideal for a fun time playing.
Collect your egg boxes, paint, and small pieces of waste paper and buttons to create a unique car that fits your personality.
How can I add wheels to cars?
I used buttons for my cars. They work great and are available immediately. If you’re like me, there are plenty of buttons to collect over the years. I always throw the extras that come with button-down shirts in a box in my sewing cabinet. (Yes, I have a sewing cabinet).
If you don’t have any buttons on hand or just don’t want to use them for this project, that’s fine. Anything small and round can be used for wheels of your toy car. Some ideas are listed below.
- Pony beads
- Pipe cleaners rolled into a circle
- Fake flowers
Can I use styrofoam egg boxes instead?
If you don’t have cardboard egg boxes, you can definitely use styrofoam boxes for these little toy cars. They work just as well for this and are even better for the environment because they are not biodegradable. Being able to use what you have on hand is a must when creating entertaining projects.
If you use the styrofoam egg cartons, you will find that they may be more difficult to paint. In this case, a good acrylic craft paint is the best choice. Watercolors that are ideal for cardboard egg boxes do not remain on the polystyrene surface. Sometimes you can find a good permanent marker that will stick, but it will take much longer to dry and it will be more likely to rub off the car while playing.
You might also enjoy some of these great unicorn crafts for kids. They are a lot of fun!
How do I make an egg carton bus with these?
I’ve seen a lot of calls about making egg carton buses. Although I’ve never thought about it, I can see how fun it would be for the kids. You can turn them into a bus, a train, or just a fun little minivan.
All you have to do is glue them hot together! Another option is to use a hole punch on the back of each piece and then tie them together with a ribbon or string. Both options work wonderfully to make it a longer car, train, or even bus.
I also saw them stacked on top of each other and painted blue and red to look like a more traditional double decker bus!
How can I customize my cars?
Cars come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Of course, you want to add your own little, unique embellishments to create your own style. While the choice of color is the first part, I love the idea of adding other flairs to make them different. Below are some great ideas on how to customize your own cars.
- Add glitter glue for extra shine
- Use aluminum foil for additional chrome accents
- Cut small strips of the egg box and attach them to the sides or the back to create a spoiler for a sports car look
- Cut a hole in the top as a sunroof
- Use a marker to draw stripes on the sides
- Add stickers with flames or other fun decals along the back or sides
- Add an additional rectangle for the rear window on the back
- Glue an extra flat piece on the back to create a “truck”.
The real point is to have fun and make the car unique. This is about making something new out of an old item, and upcycling egg cartons is a fun activity that everyone enjoys. Even adults can have fun!
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How to make egg carton toy cars
Cut the individual cups of an egg carton apart.
Once the cups are apart, you will paint them on all sides and set them aside to dry.
Using white craft paper, cut out a small rectangle that easily fits on the front of the cup.
Then glue that in place.
Now cut two tiny yellow circles out of craft paper.
Glue the yellow circles directly under the rectangle.
Next, add two glue dots on one side and two glue dots on the other side, and then attach the four buttons as wheels.
Continue this process for as many cars as you want.
Add additional decorations to make the cars unique and your own.
Keep the kids busy with more craft ideas. Start with these great craft ideas for toilet paper and fun crafting with popsicles. So many easy ways to keep the kids busy. If your kids are Disney fans, they may even prefer this list of simple Disney crafts to keep kids busy.
If you want a more mature idea for egg boxes, check out this beautiful bouquet of roses with egg boxes. A perfect idea to give something to others! If that’s not enough to keep you busy, check out this huge list of projects for recycled egg cartons. So many fun ways to use them for easy crafting!
If you don’t eat eggs, you may need to find egg boxes elsewhere. You can easily buy empty egg boxes on Etsy. Another good option is to use it
Active time 15 minutes
Extra time 15 minutes
total time 30 minutes
Estimated costs $ 1
Add colors, additions, or creative updates to make your cars truly unique.
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