How to Make a Toy Car Out of Aluminum Foil

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How to Make a Toy Car Out of Aluminum Foil
Aluminium foil will make your toy car look metallic. (tin foil image by Karin Lau from

Making a toy car out of aluminium foil is not only a way of saving money, but also a fun way of spending time with your children. Building a toy car will allow your children to get creative, and will stimulate their imaginations. Using only household items will allow both you and your children to think about what you can add to the car from within the home. Using this simple method, you will have the basis of a car that you can customise as you wish.

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Things you need

  • Aluminium foil
  • Juice box
  • Plastic straws
  • Tape
  • Felt pens
  • Plastic lids
  • Clear plastic
  • Scissors
  • Blu-Tack

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  1. 1

    Cover a large juice box with aluminium foil. Use foil that has not been too scrunched up to give a realistic metallic finish. Hold the foil in place by taping it together underneath the box, where the join won't be seen.

  2. 2

    Lay down the box on its largest face, so that it looks like the shape of a car chassis. Cut a small rectangle out of clear plastic to make the windshield. Attach this to the front of the chassis with the tape.

  3. 3

    Tape plastic straws to the underside of the chassis to make the axles. Although it is traditional to have two axles, you can have as many as you like. Make a small hole in the centre of a plastic lid with scissors and fit these onto the plastic straws for wheels. Place Blu-Tack onto the end of the straws to prevent the wheels from coming off.

  4. 4

    Customise your car with a felt pen. Draw on headlights, windshield wipers and the side of the chassis. Cut out a section of the top of the chassis to allow dolls or action figures to go in the car. Tape any items you wish to the side or back of the chassis. Be as creative as you'd like.

Tips and warnings

  • Place a wad of Blu-tack under the centre of the plastic lid, and push the scissors through to make the hole. This is by far the safest way.
  • Do the scissor parts of the craft yourself, as it is best to keep these away from children.

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