Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Milk Carton craft - DIY school bus for kids

 We love making DIY toys and milk carton crafts are one of our favorites as we get a lot of milk cartons each week. In this post, I will show you how to make a DIY school bus that actually moves to play with. Let's get started. 

Materials Used for the milk carton craft:

  • Milk carton
  • Milk carton caps - 4 for wheels
  • Yellow wrapping paper
  • Black, Red, and grey marker
  • Black acrylic paint & paintbrush
  • Wooden skewer
  • Hot glue & glue stick
  • Black electrical tape(optional)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Yellow duck tape(optional)
  • Pipe cleaner(optional)
  • A small piece of red cardstock & white marker(optional)

Steps for making milk carton school bus toy:

Step 1: Cover the milk carton with yellow wrapping paper. Use a glue stick to adhere the wrapping paper to the carton. For a clear picture of how I covered the front part - refer to the video below. To cover the edges use a piece of yellow duck tape or strips of wrapping paper. 

Running out of glue sticks? Grab them here:

Step 2: Use a black marker or black electrical tape to draw the details like windows, windshield, and doors. 

Step 3: This step is totally optional. I wanted something interactive so I thought I will add a stop sign that can be open and shut like a real school bus. To make this, Use a piece of pipe cleaner bent in an "L" shape and then make a small stop sign using red cardstock and pasted to the base of the "L". Use an awl to make a hole and insert it. To keep the "STOP" sign in the open position, bend the pipe cleaner to be straight, and to close, bend it in an "L" shape again. 

There are a lot of cute things you can do with pipe cleaners. Have a stock of pipe cleaners in all the colors and thank me later ;)

Step 4: Paint the milk carton caps black and allow them to dry. Use hot glue and glue the wooden skewer in the middle of the milk carton cap. Repeat the same step in another cap. Poke holes in the milk carton where you want the wheels to go. Cut the excess wooden skewer and glue the remaining caps as wheels on the other side. Allow it to dry. Refer to the video for a more detailed explanation of this step. The school bus is now ready to pick up the students to the school :)

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  3. Use wheels from other toys or create them from other materials to attach to the bus and keep it moving.
    Be sure to make the bus safe to play with by making sure all edges and corners are rounded or secured so that children can play with the toy safely. Have fun building your school bus!

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