How to build a toy car garage

Updated July 20, 2017

Every toy car needs a garage, but you don't have to go to the toy shop and spend a lot of money to provide your child's toy cars their own home. Choose materials you already have around your home and teach your child about the importance of recycling and reusing, in addition to providing a creative activity. Look in your closets for an old shoebox that still has a lid. The shoebox, along with some extra office and art supplies, may be easily employed to create a custom toy car garage that can double as storage.

Wrap the entire box and the lid, separately, in the wrapping paper and use tape to secure the paper to the insides of the box and the lid.

Place the shoebox lid upside down with one long side facing you, and cut straight down the corner at each end of that side of the lid. Fold out the cutaway section to create a flap. Secure the paper along the cut edges with tape.

Run a bead of glue along the inside of the flap, and use your finger to spread the glue evenly. Fit the box lid onto the top of the shoebox. Press the glue-coated side of the flap firmly against the side of the shoebox. Let the glue dry.

Turn the box on its side so that the lid opens upwards from the bottom. Let your child decorate the garage and garage door with markers.


After play, drive cars into the shoebox garage; turn the garage on its back and close the garage door for storage. Substitute an opened grocery bag or white butcher paper for heavy duty wrapping paper. For larger toy cars, use a bigger box. Cut off the end flaps and one side flap. Add the extra side flap to the one still on the box to extend the "door" of the garage to the floor.


Always protect work surfaces with paper or plastic. Supervise children when using markers, glue and scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox with lid
  • Brown or white heavy duty wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers
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Carol Holaday's writing preferences are metaphysics, self-help, alternative health products, and general arts and crafts. She has written monthly columns for; direct marketing letters, brochures and leaflets for Sedgbeer Creative Media; ongoing special assignment writing for PP E-Commerce; and her own book, "Crafting a Magical Life," Findhorn Press, 2009.