How to Make a Fire Truck Out of a Cardboard Box

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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

Create a play fire truck using cardboard boxes.

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.


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Step 1

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.

Step 2

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


Step 3

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

Step 4

Paint the box red and set it aside to dry.

Step 5

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


Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Step 8

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


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.