How to Make a Fire Truck out of Boxes

Updated April 17, 2017

Fire up your child's imagination by giving her a homemade bright red fire truck. With this project, you can reuse materials you already have on hand. However, if you are out of boxes visit your local grocery or department stores that may give you some boxes. You can also visit your local fire brigade to find out if you can get fire safety stickers or other promotional items to decorate the fire truck.

Turn a large cardboard box so it is lying on one of its long sides. Cut off the side of the box that is facing up using a box cutter.

Draw two straight lines that are 12 inches apart on both the right and left sides of the box; the lines should be at least 8 inches from the front end of the box. Cut through the lines all the way to the ground on both sides of the box. Remove the cut-out cardboard to form two openings so your child can get into the fire truck.

Spray paint the fire truck box red on the inside and out. Let dry.

Draw five 8-inch-diameter circles on the backs of five cereal boxes. Cut the circles out using a pair of scissors. Spray paint the circles black on both sides and let dry.

Affix two of the circles on both the right and left sides of the truck so that they are near the bottom and spaced apart for the wheels, using hot glue. Attach the fifth wheel to the back of the front side of the fire truck on the left side with hot glue for the steering wheel.

Press a strip of reflective tape in the middle and the entire length of the front, back, right and left sides of the fire truck. Cut four strips of the tape into 3-inch wide rectangles. Place two on the front for the fire truck headlights and two on the back side for taillights.

Write "Fire Truck" and "Rescue" in block letters that are at least 6 inches tall on the right and left sides of the fire truck with a black permanent marker.

Stab a small hole that is barely wide enough to insert the tip of a 12-foot thin rope in the back side of the truck. Slide the end of the rope through the hole from the outside and knot the end of the rope.

Attach a 6-inch-long wooden dowel to the back of the truck 6 inches from where the rope is inserted using hot glue. Wind the rope loosely around the wooden dowel to hold it off of the ground until time comes to put out fires with the faux water hose.

Things You'll Need

  • Large box, such as refrigerator box
  • Box cutter
  • 5 cardboard cereal boxes
  • Scissors
  • Red and black spray paints
  • Reflective tape
  • Black permanent marker
  • 12-foot long thin rope
  • 6-inch-long wooden dowel
  • Hot-glue gun with hot-glue sticks
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Miranda Brumbaugh enjoys covering travel, social issues, foster care, environmental topics, crafting and interior decorating. She has written for various websites, including National Geographic Green Living and Dremel. Brumbaugh studied in Mexico before graduating with a Master of Science in sociology from Valdosta State University.