Cardboard Tube Racers

Kids will have lots of fun making and playing with these funky racing cars with spinning wheels created from recycled cardboard tubes.

Cardboard Tube Racers

Skill Level


Time to Make

30 minutes

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Wrap a cardboard tube in a sheet of red paper and stick it in place using double sided tape. Fold the edges of the paper into the ends of the tube.
  2. In the centre at the top of the tube, cut a tab by cutting three sides of a square, then fold it upwards.
  3. Stick a piece of black card onto the inside of the tab to create the chair. Then Cut a small circle from a sheet of white paper and use a black pen to make it look like a steering wheel. Use tape to stick the steering wheel inside the hole opposite the chair.
  4. Cut four circles from a sheet of black card and attach them to the cardboard tube using split pins to create the wheels.
  5. Draw around the end of the tube onto a sheet of red paper/card and cut it out. Then use the glue gun to stick this circle to the front of the cardboard tube. Repeat this for the back of the tube.
  6. Cut a thin strip of yellow paper that is the same length as the cardboard tube and stick it along the side of the car. Repeat this on the other side.
  7. Use a deco pen to draw a number onto the top of the car at the front.
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Top Tip

Don't fold the split pins too tight otherwise the wheels may not spin.

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