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How to build a wheelbarrow out of cardboard

Building a wheelbarrow out of cardboard is a great craft for children and adults. Children can use the finished product as a toy for their teddy bears and dolls. Adults can use the cardboard wheelbarrow as a homemade centrepiece. If you line the wheelbarrow with plastic, you can use it as a decorative garden planter.

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  1. Cut off the top of a cardboard cracker box so the bottom stands 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall.

  2. Cut the long sides of the box at an angle so one end remains 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and the other end is 2.5 cm (1 inch) tall.

  3. Glue decorative paper to the box.

  4. Turn the paper-covered box upside down.

  5. Glue one of the large craft sticks to the bottom of the box allowing the stick to protrude 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the higher side of the box.

  6. Stack two of the regular-sized crafts sticks evenly and glue them together.

  7. Glue the stacked craft sticks to the large craft stick on the bottom of the box so the stacked craft sticks are standing on their side and a third of their length protrudes over the edge of the large craft stick.

  8. Glue one doll pin stand to each side of the protruding stacked craft sticks to create the wheelbarrow wheel.

  9. Cut a large craft stick in half.

  10. Glue half of the large craft stick to the bottom of the wheelbarrow, towards the short edge, to create a T shape with the other large craft stick on the bottom of the wheelbarrow.

  11. Cut a regular-sized craft stick in half.

  12. Glue each half to the half of the large craft stick used to make a T shape. These halves will be the legs of the wheelbarrow.

  13. Cut a regular-sized craft stick in half.

  14. Glue each half of the craft stick to the short end of the wheelbarrow to act as the handles of the wheelbarrow.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard cracker box
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Decorative paper
  • Craft glue
  • 2 large craft sticks
  • 4 regular-sized craft sticks
  • 2 doll pin stands
  • Hot glue gun

About the Author

Bryan Perkins is a writer from Baton Rouge, La. His work appears in various online publications, covering topics related to science. Perkins holds a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Louisiana State University.

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