18 Amazing DIY Kids' Toys You Can Make With a Cardboard Box

Don't just recycle those cardboard boxes and toilet paper tubes; transform them into a car wash, a castle or 16 other cool toys (19 Photos)

Ellen Sturm Niz on Feb 14, 2013 at 6:05PM

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18 Amazing DIY Kids' Toys You Can Make With a Cardboard Box

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Toy Car Parking Garage

From: La Factoría Plástica

What You Need: Box from Ikea Forsa lamp or similar fold-open box with a flip lid, scrap cardboard, X-acto knife, scissors, ruler, hot glue gun, black marker, adhesive velcro and ribbon or felt.

How to Do It: With the X-acto knife and ruler, cut off the small sides of the flip lid, and cut some scrap pieces of cardboard into various size rectangles to form the gas station, ledges for the parking areas and a ramp to the second level, all as pictured. If your box isn't already divided into two sections, cut a piece of cardboard to make a divider and attach it with a hot glue gun. Using the ruler, draw parking space lines inside the box on both levels, dotted road lines on the ramp and lid, and gas station details. Cut squares of adhesive velcro to attach the gas station and ramp to the structure (they can be removed to close the box). Adhesive velcro squares can also be used as closures for the box lid. For portability, add a handle by poking two holes through the lid flap and knotting a ribbon or strip of felt through them. Now your kid can park his favorite toy cars, trucks and buses inside and carry his garage wherever he goes!

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