How-To Guide for the MOST FUN Roller Coaster Car Using Cardboard!

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Did you know you could make a rollercoaster car out of a cardboard box? We were inspired by Wonder Park to create something awesome!

DIY Cardboard Box Rollercoaster Car

Wonder Park tells the story of a young girl named June who imagines and builds an out-of-this-world amusement park that magically comes to life. Watch the trailer below!

This post is in partnership with Paramount Pictures.
After seeing the trailer as a family, we decided you can create anything you imagine so we built our own version of June’s rollercoaster car. So fun!

How To Make a Cardboard Box Rollercoaster Car

Here’s what you need to make a Cardboard Box Rollercoaster Car:

  • Medium-sized cardboard moving box
  • Paint
  • Sponge
  • Markers
  • Box cutter
  • Duct Tape
  • Hook and loop adhesive fasteners 

Cardboard Rollercoaster Car-1 copy

Start by cutting one side of your cardboard box so that it will lay flat.

Cardboard Rollercoaster Car-3 copy

Use the sponge to paint a base coat onto the outside of the box.

Cardboard Rollercoaster Car-5 copy

Cut the bottom flap off of the end panel of the box. You will use this end panel as a door to your rollercoaster car.

Cardboard Rollercoaster Car-6 copy

Tape the bottom flaps together to make a bottom to your rollercoaster car.

Cardboard Rollercoaster Car-9 copy

Add the hook and loop adhesive fasteners to the lip of the door so that it can be opened and closed. 

Cardboard Rollercoaster Car-8 copy

Add duct tape to box edges to make cool racing stripes.

Use the markers to decorate your roller coaster car. My son wanted to add some lightning bolts and tornadoes to ours. Isn’t it cool? He said it would be really fun to put it at the top of our slide and pretend he was on an actual roller coaster –so that’s what we did!

He used his super imagination to pretend he was rolling up and down and going so fast! It was so fun to watch him explore and play with just his imagination. His dad and I even cheered him on!

There are endless possibilities with an empty box and your child’s imagination! 

Wonder Park

We hope you enjoyed this how-to guide for making a rollercoaster car out of a simple cardboard box! How did your kid decide to decorate the box? Comment below!

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