How to Make a Bus Out of a Box

A refrigerator box could serve as the perfect material for a bus ride to adventure. The size of the box is well proportioned to hold a child's small chairs for seats. Painted yellow, the box can serve as a school bus. Painted and covered with jazzy stickers, the box becomes a rock and roll road bus, holding musicians and their instruments. Making the bus is a great rainy day craft.

Cut off one long side of the box with the scissors. Reinforce all box edges and folds with duct tape for stability.

Draw windows on the sides, front and back of the cardboard bus with the crayons. Paint the bus with poster paint.

Glue black paper plates on the bottom edges of the cardboard bus for wheels.

Cut out a ring from one black paper plate and glue the ring to the inside of the cardboard bus for a steering wheel.

Glue two white paper plates on the front of the cardboard bus for headlights.

Place the child-sized chairs inside the box for seats.

Things You'll Need

  • Refrigerator box
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Crayons
  • Poster paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 5 black paper plates
  • 2 white paper plates
  • White glue
  • Child-sized chairs
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About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.