This Cardboard Tube Racing Car Craft is a great way to use up your hoard of Tp rolls or kitchen towel middles. If your family is anything like mine then it’s a craft supply you’ll always have to hand! We love to recycle trash into crafts.
It’s fun for kids to make their DIY Racing Cars in lots of different colours and we’ve got free printable wrap arounds to make it super easy too!
The coloured printable sleeves have a blank round space so you can personalise your cardboard tube racing car with a number, name or picture.
We love being able to recycle waste into crafts. It’s a lovely way to have fun and be creative cheaply and it encourages our children to care for the natural world too. We’ve got lots of recycled crafts here on Kids Craft Room. Some reader favourites are Rainbow Blowers which also use cardboard tubes, a fantastic Dragon Hobby Horse made from an old cereal box, Squeeze ‘N’ Croak Frogs made from jar lids and gorgeous art made from old CD’s.
Cardboard Tube Racing Car Craft Tutorial
Supplies To Make TP Roll Racing Cars
- Free Printable Car Sleeves (Get yours at the bottom of this post.)
- Cardboard Tubes
- Bottle Caps ( e.g. Applesauce Caps)
- Hot Glue
- Paint Brush
- Black Sharpie Pen
Paper Roll Racing Car Craft Instructions
1 – You can paint your cardboard tube racing car craft purely by hand or print out our free colourful sleeves to help you. Their ‘go faster’ stripes are lots of fun and there are lots of colours to choose from. Grab yours at the bottom of this post.
2 – If the printable sleeves don’t fully cover the length of your cardboard tube then paint the ends. You can choose the same colour as your printable sleeve or a contrasting colour.
3 – When your paint is dry glue on the printable sleeve.
4 – Of course your racing car craft needs some wheels! Applesauce caps are perfect but you could use any bottle lids you like. Glue them on with your glue gun because a glue stick won’t be strong enough to hold them in place.
5 – To make the back of the seat for your racing car cut a small rectangle from another cardboard tube and cut a slight concave curve along one side to help it fit well onto the back of your car. Paint it.
6 – To make your racing car’s steering wheel cut a small circle from a cardboard tube, flatten it and paint it black.
7 – Cut a smaller circle from white paper and glue it on to the steering wheel. Draw on the cross pieces with your black Sharpie Pen.
8 – To make the steering column cut a thin strip of cardboard tube, roll it up and stick it. Paint it black.
9 – Use your glue gun to stick the steering wheel and seat onto your sports car.
10 – Use the white circle space to personalise your cardboard tube racing car craft with a number, name or drawing.
Broom, broom, you’re ready to go racing around the track! My craft blogger friend Stef, from Non Toy Gifts, has a great idea for making a cardboard road that would go perfectly with this racing car craft.
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