How to Build Your Own Horse Carts & Wagons

Updated April 11, 2017

Children often learn about horse carts and wagons in school when they are learning about the Old West. Many teachers, as part of their cross-curricular activities, ask students to make their own horse carts or wagons as a means of increasing their knowledge about the time period. With a little time, you can help your child build their own horse cart and wagon at a low cost, with only a few supplies.

Attach four Popsicle sticks together at the corners to form a flat square. Use a glue gun and glue sticks to connect the ends of the sticks together.

Attach Popsicle sticks to the square frame, enclosing the entire frame opening. Use your glue gun and glue sticks, dabbing both ends of each stick with the glue and placing the sticks lengthwise on the frame. Be sure to not leave any gaps between the sticks, as this is the base of your wagon. You will need between 10 to 12 sticks.

Lay four skill sticks on their sides, to form another square. Connect the skill sticks together on the last notch of each stick and then secure the sticks with craft glue. Make two more layers on skill sticks. They should be stacked on top of the initial layer and secured with craft glue. Allow the glue to completely dry. These will be the sides of your horse cart or wagon.

Attach the square stacked wagon sides to the plank base of Popsicle sticks using craft glue or your glue gun. Allow the glue to dry.

Stand one Popsicle stick up in each corner of the wagon bed, if you are making a covered wagon. Attach the Popsicle stick to the bottom of the bed with your glue gun.

Turn a cup or glass upside down on a piece of cardboard. The mouth of the cup or glass should be as large as you want your wheels to be. Outline the edges of the mouth of the cup or glass with a pencil. Do this four times.

Cut the wheels out of the cardboard with scissors.

Cut a hole in the middle of each wheel with a utility knife large enough for the end of a Popsicle stick to fit through.

Push the end of one Popsicle stick through the centre hole on one of the wheels, allowing the Popsicle stick to come out of the other side of the wheel just slightly. Then place the other end of that Popsicle stick through another wheel until the stick pokes out of the other side of the wheel slightly. Secure the stick to the wheel with craft glue and allow the glue to dry. Do the same thing again with another Popsicle stick and the other two wheels.

Turn the wagon or cart upside down. Glue one Popsicle stick with wheels to the bottom of the cart or wagon front, and the other Popsicle stick with wheels to the bottom of the cart or wagon back. Allow the glue to dry.

Turn your cart or wagon over so that it stands upright.

Complete making a wagon by draping burlap fabric or plain brown paper over the top of the four corner Popsicle sticks. Attach the ends of the fabric or paper to the edges of the wagon sides with craft glue or a glue gun.

Paint your wagon or cart with acrylic paint and a paintbrush as desired.


Hot glue guns should be used by parents only. Utility knives must not be used by young children. This part of the project is for parents only.

Things You'll Need

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Skill sticks
  • Craft glue
  • Cup
  • Glass
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Burlap fabric
  • Plain brown paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
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About the Author

Patrice Lesco has been a writer since 2001. Also a certified teacher, she writes for newspapers, magazines, books, theater and film. Lesco holds a Master of Fine Arts in theater from Michigan State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in education and theater from Methodist College.