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DIY Drive-In Movie Night
Level:
Advanced
How-To:
Kids
Seasonal Event:
Fall, Summer

MATERIALS:

OPTIONAL TO CREATE SNACK BOXES:

INSTRUCTIONS:

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MATERIALS:

  • 18” x 24” cardboard box
  • Packing tape
  • Metal yardstick
  • X-acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Silver bulletin board border
  • Silver cardstock
  • 10” black plastic plates
  • 8” silver plates
  • Red candy balls, 2 to make 1 car
  • Printed grill template (Download here)
  • Print of child’s name for license plate
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Fabri-tac
  • Spray adhesive
  • Silver tape

OPTIONAL TO CREATE SNACK BOXES:

  • White snack box
  • Red tape

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. While the box is still flat, cut the top flaps off with an x-acto knife. This makes for a very straight cut, if you want you can use scissors, but it is more difficult. Tape the bottom of the box together.
  2. Paint the box. Allow to dry.
  3. Create the bumpers by cutting the bulletin board border to appropriate length, make the front bumper long enough to wrap around the sides a few inches. Round the top corners of the front bumper with scissors.
  4. Attach the bumpers with hot glue.
  5. To create the headlights and taillights, unscrew the candy balls and use fabri-tac to glue the clear half to a silver plate for the headlights and the red half to the silver plate for the taillights. Allow the glue to dry.
  6. To create the tires, apply fabri-tac to the edges of the silver plate and place it face down on an upside-down black plate. Repeat until you have four tires.
  7. Use hot glue to attach the headlights and taillights since you won’t see through the candy ball halves it doesn’t matter if the plate melts a bit.
  8. Use fabri-tac to attach the tires. Flip the box on its side and allow the glue to dry before attaching the tires on the other side.
  9. Print and cut out the grill template, trace it onto silver cardstock and cut out with an x-acto knife. (Download grill template here)
  10. Use spray adhesive to attach the grill on the face of the car above the bumper.
  11. Attach the license plate with spray adhesive on the backside of the car.
  12. Cut a thin piece of the silver bulletin border and use hot glue to attach the license plate cover overlapping the top edge of the license plate just a little.
  13. Use silver tape to finish the top edge of the box.
  14. If you want to create the snack boxes, use red tape to stripe the box.
  15. Repeat steps 1-13 to create as many cars as you like, set up your movie night and enjoy!