Here’s a simple craft for kids who like cars!

These fun cars are made out of clothespins and buttons.  Now that we have big kids (the oldest two are 11 and 8), the younger two end up doing “big kid” stuff most of the time.  It was fun to slow down and do this project with them!  We were inspired by this post on ikatbag.

Clothespin Cars Craft for Kids

The boys enjoyed driving their cars on our cardboard box parking garage!

Clothespin Cars Craft for Kids

Here’s what you need to make them:

  • Clothespins
  • Paint – we used acrylic
  • Straws
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Buttons
  • Glue – we used hot glue

Step 1:  Paint some clothes pins.  We used acrylic paint for durability, but be aware that it does not wash out of clothes!

Clothespin Cars

Step 2:  While the cars are drying, put together the wheels.  This is a step that the kids can’t really help with.

Clothespin Cars

The cars that I saw on ikatbag used twist ties for the axles, but we didn’t have any.  We tried pipe cleaners, but they are too fuzzy and add too much friction.  Bamboo skewers, straws, and hot glue worked really well!  If you have twist ties, though, I think that might be even better because there is no chance of the wheels falling off.

Clothespin Cars

Step 3:  Glue the wheels to the clothespins.  I only glued the back wheels – the clothespin holds the front wheels in place.

Then you’re ready to play!

Clothespin Cars

Clothespin Cars

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  1. vinney Mar 11, 2015

    Amazing!!!

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    1. So Lynta Jun 8, 2017

      Very good article. I do love this article so bad.
      This is really good ideas for spreading up.
      Thanks.

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      1. BRANDI Jun 14, 2017

        DO YOU THINK MARKERS WOULD WORK WELL TO COLOR THE CLOTHES PINS?

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        1. Norman Feb 4, 2019

          yes, as the ink will soak into the wood of the pin

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        2. Igor Jul 29, 2017

          Great idea. We used cars with painters.

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          1. Fung Nov 5, 2017

            I would like to see more posts like this. I definitely enjoyed every bit of it and I have you bookmarked to see new information on your blog.

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            1. Aurora May 23, 2018

              Nice toy!It good for children thank for sharing.

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