How to Make a Speed Racer Car From a Shoe Box

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Whether you're a die hard fan of the original Speed Racer cartoon series or a lover of the colourful, big screen production, you can have a lot of fun making your own Speed Racer car from a simple shoebox.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Shoebox
  • Scissors
  • Paints or construction paper
  • Tape
  • Bottle caps or jelly jar lids (small size)
  • 1/4-inch diameter dowel rod
  • Caps to fit dowel rod
  • Hammer and nail

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  1. 1

    Draw a car silhouette along each length of the shoebox. Make your car as simple or as sleek as you like.

  2. 2

    Cut out the silhouettes, keeping each side attached to the bottom of the shoebox. Cut off the front and back of the box.

  3. 3

    Put your car on wheels. Use a pencil to mark where you want your wheels to be. Carefully punch a hole through the car silhouette at each point. Make sure the holes for your front wheels are directly across from each other. Do the same for the back wheels. Make the holes close to the base so your car can roll when you're finished. Make the holes slightly bigger than 1/4 inch, so your wheel base (a length of dowel rod) can turn. Punch a 1/4-inch hole in the centre of each bottle cap or jar lid using the hammer and nail. Thread a length of dowel rod through the shoebox for each set of wheels. It should extend about 1/2 inch outside of the shoebox on each side. Put a wheel on each end, and use the dowel rod caps to hold the wheels in place.

  4. 4

    Use the shoebox lid to cut sections for the hood, roof, boot lid, bumper, and fender of the car. Glue in place, so that these sections bridge from one side of the car to the other. Use tape to hold the pieces in place while drying. Gently remove the tape once the glue is dried completely. You can also leave the tape for extra stability and just paint over the top of it in the next step.

  5. 5

    Use paints or construction paper to decorate the car like your favourite Speed Racer vehicle or make up your own look. Allow the paint to dry.

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