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My stepfather Darrell started purchasing die-cast toy cars for my son a few years ago. Gabe has a growing collection, including a few branded Disney Pixar Cars. Those cars are some of his absolute favorites; he associates the cars with the characters from one of his favorite movies, Disney Pixar Cars. Today, I’m sharing a tutorial for a DIY Toy Car Garage that can be personalized; it was inspired by my son’s love of Disney Pixar Cars and the new Cars Daredevil Garage app. You can take your child’s love of Cars almost anywhere with this portable garage or the fun new app.
Gabe and I had as much fun painting his new toy car garage, as he did playing with it. This project cost me under $10, but I already had a few supplies and a handy coupon. You should easily be able to buy all of the supplies and keep it under $20. The paper mache house can be found at almost any craft store. It was normally $6, but I paid under $4 on sale. I picked up a few extra brushes, some acrylic paint, and the peel and stick letters.
Here is a list of the supplies you’ll need for the DIY Toy Car Garage.
- Paper mache house
- Craft paint
- Construction Paper
- optional black marker
- optional smaller individual storage boxes (pictured above)
You’ll want to lay out all of your supplies on a clean, covered work surface. I used an old pizza box to raise the garage up off the table and it made it easier to paint. Gabe chose to paint his garage red and we started by painting the walls first. The paint dries quickly, so you can spread out painting over a few hours (or a few days).
Gabe loved painting this house. It is a project that is simple enough for most children with a parents help. You can definitely make it more elaborate by painting garage details.
Tip: To create the garage sign, I found it easier to center the lettering on the corner of the construction paper and then cut it out.
I adhered the cardboard to the completely painted house with glue.
Tip: If your hand isn’t steady enough painting the eaves of the house and you get the white on the roof, you can easily make a sharper line or fix mistakes with a black marker. I took the photo above before I used a marker to help sharpen up the trim.
The roof removes from this model, so you can store cars inside.
Did you know that Toys “R” Us has an exclusive line of Disney Pixar Cars Die-Cast toy cars? Gabe picked out a few on our most recent shopping trip. Toys “R” Us has a good selection of Cars branded merchandise.
NOTE: In-Store at Toys “R” Us 25% Off All CARS Die-Cast $9.99 And Under (7/26 – 8/22)
There’s also a great new app available for download (for FREE!) in the Apple iTunes store called Cars Daredevil Garage. Your little one can take their love of Cars anywhere. They’ll do virtual stunts and play alongside some of their favorite Cars characters.
Do you have a Cars loving kiddo? This project is a great way to create an inexpensive play toy and spend some quality time crafting with your child; it’s a win-win because you can help foster creativity and create memories.
What was the last craft that you worked on with your child?