Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Drive-in Movie Cars

Happy WEDNEDSAY everyone! The middle of the week already?! I can't even tell you how much I am loving our summer!! It doesn't last very long where I live so we are taking FULL advantage and are playing outside all day every day! Today I wanted to share the post I put up over at Momma's Kinda Crafty a couple weeks ago in case you missed it! It's one of my favorite projects because it's for my kids and they LOVE it! We call it:

Drive-in Movie Cars!

The great thing about this project is that it can be as simple or as fancy-shmancy as you want it to be! All you need to start is a cardboard box!

We (mr. sweet love and I) decided we wanted the car to have a little "hood" of sorts as you can see above, so we cut a separate, small strip of cardboard, folded down the edges of the board to make a table-top shape, and hot glued those edges to the inside of the box.

And since these fun little cars will be hounded played with by toddlers we thought it might be good to give it a little extra piece of support by hot gluing another piece of cardboard under the "hood" and to the front of the box like so:

Had our box been a typical brown box I wouldn't have painted it, but the only box we had was white and yellow with writing all over it, so I decided to give it a quick coat of Rustoleum's semi-gloss white spray paint. A perfect canvas!

Next I added wheels using paper plates lightly spray painted black.

And Mr. Sweet Love added a tail pipe using a roll of toilet paper spray painted silver and then cut in half.

And what drive-in movie would be fun without snacks?! With kids that's a definite MUST, so I added a snack box to the side of the car using the bottom porion of a baby wipes container (I spray painted mine red but you could totally leave it white!) and attached it using office clips.

The only thing left is to go to town decorating the front in whatever car style you can come up with! I used a black marker to draw on the designs and can lids for the headlights.

And just to personalize them for the kids (my kids love to see their name everywhere! ha ha!) I added some quick license plates to the back with their name and age using cardboard wrapped in foil and then hot glued to the box!

Toss in a fluffy pillow and a comfy blanket, and you're ready to throw a movie up on the projector outside (or inside!!) and have a fun family movie night!

Now go have yourself a WHEELY good time in your DIY drive-in car!

Thanks for coming over for a looksy today, I appreciate all your kind comments and sweet thoughts, yall are the best!! :)


mysticgypsy128 said...

aww, that's such a cute idea, it makes me miss working with kiddos :(

Kara said...

What a fun idea!

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

love love love! ;o)

Jenn said...

What a totally fun project! Pinning it!
Jenn :)

Carmella said...

If I show this to my kids they are going to ask if they can come live with you..hehehe So cute and when we make these we will have to park them inside in front of the big screen...101 here today :( way too hot!!
Thanks so much for sharing this!!

Tammie said...

Oooo, I want one for ME! I wonder if I can convince my 8 year old that he needs one ... then I can play with it too :) Love this idea!

cnelson said...

I think these are just the CUTEST EVER!

The Scott Family said...

What a fun project!! Can't wait to try this with my boys! I loved this so much I shared your page on my blog:

Lolly Jane said...

haha that is ADORABLE! and now i want really buttery popcorn...


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This is so much fun! What great family time too. Good luck in American Crafter!

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