How to Make a Fire Truck Out of a Cardboard Box

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Create a play fire truck using cardboard boxes.
Create a play fire truck using cardboard boxes. (Image: fire truck image by Byron Moore from Fotolia.com)

Recycle large boxes into fun fire truck toys for the budding firefighter in the family. This craft is also a wonderful project for a rainy afternoon when the kids are stuck inside. Although the steps are simple, the project involves paint and can get a bit messy. However, once complete, this craft will give young children the opportunity to pretend to be firefighters.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper or plastic drop cloths
  • Paper plates
  • Craft paint in various colors
  • Masking tape
  • 2 large cardboard boxes
  • Box cutter
  • Paint brushes
  • Construction paper in various colors
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

Prepare the working area by covering the floor and working surfaces with newspaper or plastic drop cloths. Use paper plates to hold various colors of paint.

Tape the open edges of one boxes shut so that the box is completely closed.

Cut out a hole in the bottom and top of the box large enough for a child to crawl inside.

Paint the box red and set it aside to dry.

Paint four paper plates black for the fire truck’s wheels and set them aside to dry.

Cut out a front windshield and side windows from the box.

Trace headlights, bumpers, windshields, ladders and sirens on construction paper; then cut out these elements.

Glue on the wheels and accessories. Allow the glue to dry before letting kids play with their fire truck craft.

Tips & Warnings

  • Expand upon the craft by helping your kids create a fire station from an additional box.
  • Make a much smaller truck from a handheld box by painting wheels, sirens and ladders on it.
  • Make your kid a firemen's helmet to wear inside the truck by attaching a round piece of cardboard with a fire station number to a red baseball cap.

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