Monday, April 11, 2011

Cardboard Train (Locomotive)

Choo Choo! All Aboard the cardboard train...

The front light even turns on for an evening train ride.

This project started with three boxes of the same size and one a bit larger. They were all the same width. I first used an exacto knife to cut off the top flaps of the boxes. All it took was 1 1/2 cans of black spray paint to cover three boxes.

I used my flap scraps to help create the front of the train. I cut off a small triangle on one side. See below. I then used that triangle as a pattern to cut the same size off the other side of the flap.

I cut four of these out and taped them together. The easiest way to describe the finished product is it looks like a lampshade.

I carefully taped it to the front (larger) box starting at the top.

A few more cardboard cuts and a little more black spray paint later...the front grill...

To make lines on the front grill I spray painted tape silver and then pressed the tape on at even intervals. I also took an old battery operated push light and painted it black.

I used hot glue to help attach the grill and light to the front.

I also cut circles out of the cardboard and painted them silver. I attached them on the sides as wheels with glue. Almost done...but then I decided it would be so much cuter if there was a front window to peek out and a cardboard box seat inside. Luckily, I had a little helper testing it all out as I went.

The party is over and my boys are still having a great time playing on the train.

Ok. Apparently the fun is over! Lol! Time to get off the train...and fast.


  1. love this!! you are so creative! I love the last photo..haha. too cute.

  2. This is awesome! I want to do this for my son's Planes Trains and Automobile birthday. It looks like you used masking tape and the paint covered it pretty well. Thank you for the instructions on what you did!


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