How to Make Toy Cars Out of Paper

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How to Make Toy Cars Out of Paper
(Photo by Michal Zacharzewski, SXC,

Both children and adults enjoy making toy cars out of paper. Simple patterns allow children to create their own cars to play with, while more advanced patterns give adults an inexpensive hobby for a rainy day. Find out where to get your own paper car templates and how to assemble them.

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Things you need

  • Paper car template
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Print the pattern for the toy car you wish to make (see resource links).

  2. 2

    Cut along the outlines of the various pieces of the car. Look for pieces with numbers beside them, or pictures that show how to assemble specific pieces of the car. Save these pieces. Lightly write the number on the back of numbered pieces for future reference.

  3. 3

    Fold the car along the main black lines. The car will begin to take shape. For example, you may fold the sides down and the front and the back of the car over to create the basic shape.

  4. 4

    Fold along any tab lines. These may be represented by dotted lines, or solid black lines with a dot in the middle of the tab. The tabs will have no decorations on them. They're basic shapes, often squares or rectangles, attached to the edges of the template.

  5. 5

    Spread a drop of glue across the tabs and attach them underneath the surface they touch so they're hidden. For example, when you pull the front of the car over, the tabs may rest against the left side of the car. Glue them underneath the left side so the front of the car stays in place and the tabs are tucked away out of sight.

  6. 6

    Fold and attach any separate, numbered pieces as instructed. Usually a picture will show where the numbered pieces go on the car. They're typically attached after the rest of the car is assembled.

  7. 7

    Allow the glue to dry before decorating and using the car.

Tips and warnings

  • When all lines are folded properly, the tabs should slide into place. You can then glue them to hold the car together.

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