Okay, you’ve got your oatmeal canister kitchen canisters, your oatmeal container toilet paper hider, your oatmeal canister rolling toy for baby. What can you make out of then next empty oatmeal container? How about a race car for one of your kids? As many oatmeal containers as you go through you’ll soon have a fleet of race cars your kids will enjoy for a long time.
Choose any size oatmeal canister you want then use a damp cloth to wipe out the inside. Replace the lid or do without it. Wrap the canister in decorative cloth or paper. It’s fun to use a car-theme fabric found at most fabric stores or even vehicle-theme scrapbook paper from a craft store. After you’ve covered in the oatmeal container you can then go on to add the features of the car.
Lay the canister on its side then cut an oval or rectangle shape from the top. This will allow the driver access to the inside of the car. If you want, glue a cardboard box, Styrofoam block or similar item inside. This will allow the driver to sit up a little higher.
Use an ice pick or similar item to poke four holes in the canister. These holes will hold the axles which spin the wheels. It’s important that each set of holes be exactly opposite each other. After creating the holes use dowel rods to make the axles. Craft stores as well as home improvement stores sell small-diameter dowels that work well for the new car. You can easily cut dowels with a sharp kitchen knife.
Feed the two dowels through the four holes. Use empty thread spools to make wheels. The dowels should be long enough to go through the oatmeal canister with a couple of inches to spare on each side. Pass the first dowel through the first hole and out the opposite hole. Slide the spools onto the dowels. The dowels should go only about two-thirds of the way into the spools. Glue a bead to the end of the spools so that they can’t slip off the dowels.
Use race car stickers to decorate. Use a piece of plastic to make a windshield. Use a coffee stirrer and piece of felt to make a flag. Even cut flame shapes from foam and glue it to the open end of the canister, at the back. Set a stuffed animal or play character into the car to drive it. Kids will have loads of fun playing with the cheap but efficient car!