How to build a wheelbarrow out of cardboard

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How to build a wheelbarrow out of cardboard
Wheelbarrow garden planter. (wheelbarrow of flowers image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com)

Building a wheelbarrow out of cardboard is a great craft for children and adults. Children can use the finished product as a toy for their teddy bears and dolls. Adults can use the cardboard wheelbarrow as a homemade centrepiece. If you line the wheelbarrow with plastic, you can use it as a decorative garden planter.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Cardboard cracker box
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Decorative paper
  • Craft glue
  • 2 large craft sticks
  • 4 regular-sized craft sticks
  • 2 doll pin stands
  • Hot glue gun

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut off the top of a cardboard cracker box so the bottom stands 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall.

  2. 2

    Cut the long sides of the box at an angle so one end remains 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and the other end is 2.5 cm (1 inch) tall.

  3. 3

    Glue decorative paper to the box.

  4. 4

    Turn the paper-covered box upside down.

  5. 5

    Glue one of the large craft sticks to the bottom of the box allowing the stick to protrude 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the higher side of the box.

  6. 6

    Stack two of the regular-sized crafts sticks evenly and glue them together.

  7. 7

    Glue the stacked craft sticks to the large craft stick on the bottom of the box so the stacked craft sticks are standing on their side and a third of their length protrudes over the edge of the large craft stick.

  8. 8

    Glue one doll pin stand to each side of the protruding stacked craft sticks to create the wheelbarrow wheel.

  9. 9

    Cut a large craft stick in half.

  10. 10

    Glue half of the large craft stick to the bottom of the wheelbarrow, towards the short edge, to create a T shape with the other large craft stick on the bottom of the wheelbarrow.

  11. 11

    Cut a regular-sized craft stick in half.

  12. 12

    Glue each half to the half of the large craft stick used to make a T shape. These halves will be the legs of the wheelbarrow.

  13. 13

    Cut a regular-sized craft stick in half.

  14. 14

    Glue each half of the craft stick to the short end of the wheelbarrow to act as the handles of the wheelbarrow.

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