How to Make a Paper Race Car

    by Ann Hudson

    About the Author

    Ann Hudson is a freelance writer who began her writing career working for a small community newspaper. While there, her work as a feature writer and a weekly columnist were honored. Hudson holds a bachelor's degree in journalism. She has been writing for more than 30 years.


    With a little help, kids can make their own race car from simple craft supplies found around the home, or by recycling paper destined for the trash bin. Let your child choose a combination of paper colors and then add stickers, paint or cut-out shapes to create a custom design. A paper car is also a practical way to teach children about reusing newspapers, magazines or scrap paper to make something useful and enjoyable.

    Things You'll Need

    • Construction paper or scrap paper
    • Pipe cleaner
    • Glue stick
    • Decorative stickers
    • Facial tissues
    • Stapler
    • Small juice glass

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    Fold one sheet of paper in half widthwise and cut along the fold. You will only need one half of the sheet for one car.

    Staple the edges of the half sheet together along the longest edge without creasing the paper to form a cylinder-like shape. This will serve as the body of the car.

    Staple the ends of the cylinder closed.

    Cut the pipe cleaner into two 5-inch pieces.

    Punch four holes in the body of the car near the closed ends using a pencil or sharp object. The holes will serve as openings to attach the wheels.

    Insert the pipe cleaners through the holes.

    Trace four circles on to a piece of construction or stiff paper using the end of a juice glass as a template to make wheels for the car.

    Cut out the wheels, and poke a small hole through the center of each one.

    Press the wheels on to the pipe cleaners attached to the car body and fold up the ends of the pipe cleaners to secure.

    Cut a half-circle hole in the top of the car body.

    Stuff the inside of the car body, front and back, with tissue.

    Trace a small circle on the construction paper using the juice glass.

    Press the circle into the hole on top of the car body, shaping it with your finger to form a seat.

    Secure the seat with glue.

    • For more decorating choices, start with a piece of white paper and allow the child to color the paper before constructing the car.
    • Don't let young children work with scissors or sharp objects.