How Do I Make a Train Boxcar Out of Cardboard?

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How Do I Make a Train Boxcar Out of Cardboard?
Train boxcars are used to carry freight and supplies. (old boxcar, cat image by Greg Pickens from

Storybooks tell tales about adventures in boxcars and riding the rails. Young children enjoy acting out these stories and using their own imagination to create other adventure tales. Creating your own boxcar out of cardboard is an affordable project that both you and your child can enjoy together. The creative process involved in making the boxcar allows for you to incorporate your own details into the project. Your child will enjoy hours of entertainment using the boxcar in creative play.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Scratch paper
  • Pencil
  • Large cardboard box
  • Duct tape
  • Paint
  • Markers
  • Craft glue
  • Razor knife
  • Scissors
  • Wood grain paint tool

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  1. 1

    Draw a picture of how you would like your boxcar to look on a piece of scrap paper. Include details such as door location and size. The door should be large enough so that your child can easily get objects in and out of the boxcar. The door is most commonly found in the centre of one of the long sides of a boxcar.

  2. 2

    Tape the box flaps closed. Using a marker or pencil, mark the box where you plan to place the door opening. Cut out the door opening using a razor knife.

  3. 3

    Cut the door piece in half using scissors. Using craft glue, attach one piece to each side of the door opening to create the look of sliding boxcar doors.

  4. 4

    Paint your boxcar. Use brown paint and a wood grain painting tool to create the look of an old wooden boxcar. Paint wheels and other details with black paint and decorate as you would like.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use these instructions to create boxcars in any size using small shoe boxes, medium shipping boxes or large appliance boxes.
  • This craft requires adult participation and supervision. Children should not use razor knifes or sharp scissors.

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