How to Build a Model Wagon

Updated February 21, 2017

Building a model wagon is one way that kids can learn about the covered wagons and the Oregon Trail. It also is a simple arts and craft project, which kids of any age can partake in. Wagons are large, wooden vehicles, usually pulled by horses or oxen. Model wagons can be made of paper, cardboard, plastic or wood and don’t necessarily have to have any moving parts. One way of making a model wagon is using an empty milk carton and some construction paper.

Cut an empty milk carton in half the long way. One half will be used for the wagon; the other half can be discarded.

Cover the outside of the milk carton half with a layer of duct tape to make the carton sturdier and also to give a duct tape colour to the outside of the carton.

Attach a sheet of white constructions paper onto the top edges of the milk carton so that the sheet of paper loops over the open top of the milk carton. Attach the paper to the carton using duct tape.

Attach a drinking straw to the bottom of the milk carton, towards the front of the wagon. Use duct tape to attach the straw. The front of the wagon will be the part of the carton that used to be the top of the milk carton. Make sure this drinking straw is perpendicular to the long edges of the wagon.

Attach another drinking straw to the bottom of the wagon, at the back in the same manner as the first drinking straw was attached. The drinking straws will be the axles of the wagon model.

Draw four circles onto a piece of cardboard using the compass. Each circle should be 4 inches in diameter. These will be the wheels of the wagon.

Cut out the four wheels using scissors and punch a hole at the centre of each wheel using the needle of the compass.

Attach the wheels to the axles by pushing the axles through the holes at the centre of each wheel.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty milk carton (1 quart)
  • Duct tape
  • One sheet of white construction paper (8-by-11-inch)
  • 2 drinking straws
  • Cardboard
  • Compass
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