How to Build a Cardboard Train

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How to Build a Cardboard Train
Build a cardboard train from juice boxes. (train image by Earl Robbins from

All aboard the cardboard juice box train! This simple-to-make project is geared toward young children. Their favourite train-centred storybooks will come to life with a little help from an adult while recycling the child's favourite juice boxes. Building these boxcar trains makes a fun and not-too-messy craft project for a train-themed birthday party. Each party guest could take home his or her own train car creation. The train cars require a minimum of craft supplies, most of which are readily available.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 4 empty juice boxes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard tube
  • Construction paper
  • Coloured markers
  • Masking tape
  • White glue

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  1. 1

    Poke a hole in the top and bottom of a juice box with the end of the scissors.

  2. 2

    Lay the juice box on its side, then top and end to create construction paper templates by tracing around the box. Cut out the sides, top and ends.

  3. 3

    Decorate the boxcar sides and ends with the coloured markers, drawing wheels and windows. Glue the construction paper to the juice box.

  4. 4

    For the engine train car, cut 2 inches off the cardboard tube and attach it to the top of the engine with masking tape.

  5. 5

    Push the pipe cleaner through the end holes of the boxcar. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner for hooking onto the next boxcar.

Tips and warnings

  • Older children may want to paint the train cars instead of covering them with construction paper.

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