Have you ever noticed that we often have access to the same sizes boxes, over and over? Whether you order the same product repeatedly online, or you purchase a product again and again at your local store, you can end up with several boxes that are all exactly the same. This set of boxes can be used to make the most adorable train set for a baby shower centerpiece or a nursery décor piece.
You can make a large boxcar set or a much smaller one depending upon the sizes of boxes you have; the only requirement is that they all be the same size. If the boxes have removable lids take them off. If the box has flaps instead of a lid cut them off and save them for a future project. It’s up to you how many boxes to use according to how long you want the boxcar train to be. If you’re using small boxes you might want to use several; if you’re using larger boxes you may need only three or four.
It’s really easy to make and assemble the train décor piece. If the boxes have no markings on the outside you can use them as they are, if you want. Boxes which have print and logos will need to be covered with paper or fabric. If you use cloth choose some that is thin for best results.
Set the box so that the open side is facing upwards. Cut a piece of paper or fabric to go all the way around the four sides of the box with a tiny bit more to overlap the edges. Now cut the material so that it’s twice as high as the box. So, if the box is 5″ high cut the material to be 10″ wide. Wrap the fabric around the box so that there is some extra material around the open end and some extra around the bottom. Fold the bottom material as you would a present and tape or glue it in place. Now tuck the excess material around the top into the box. You can make each boxcar look exactly the same or use various colors and patterns of paper or cloth to make each car look different.
There are various things you can use to make the wheels for the cars. Cut cardboard disks, paint them black, then stick them to each car. Or, paint soda bottle lids and glue them on. Even lids from medicine bottles work great. After the wheels are attached choose what you want to connect the cars. Glue a long bead between each one or even twist a pipe cleaner around a pencil then attach each end to one of the cars. Another way is to cut pieces of roping, poke holes in the cars, then insert the ends in the boxes. Tie a knot in each end or just tape the end to the inside of the box. Set a stuffed animal in each boxcar to display. The finished décor piece looks great on a shelf in the nursery or as a centerpiece for a baby shower.