Lucky us! Today we get to learn how to make this super cute kid craft project from Amanda Kingloff’s new book, Project Kid: Crafts that Go! Made from a clementine crate and jam jar lids, it’s a sunniest addition to a toy collection that I can imagine. And just think how proud your kids will be that they made it! Orange you glad you saved that wooden clementine crate?
I want to tell you how impressed I am with Amanda’s new book. When I put it out on the coffee table, Oscar picked it up, flipped through it, and said, “We could make a bunch of these right now. We wouldn’t even need your help. We already have all the supplies!” The book is dreamy that way. It features really appealing projects that kids will want to make, and it reinvents uses for all those cool little items in your recycling bin.
Here’s what Amanda says about this project:
Every time I buy a wooden crate of clementines, I struggle when I drop the empty one in the trash. I always think there must be a way to upcycle it into a fun craft. When I created the The Tooty Fruity Truck for my book Project Kid: Crafts that Go! it became one of my favorites because it’s so simple…just add wheels and a rope and you’ve made something that your kids can really use during playtime. Fill it will play food, books, Legos — it’s like a miniature mobile toy bin. And now is the perfect time to make this project; in November all the stores are flush with clementine crates, so stock up now. Get your vitamin C and craft on!
Tooty Fruity Truck
– Four 3-inch jar lids
– Light orange and dark orange paint
– 1 clementine crate
– 2 straws
– Tacky glue
– Orange paper
– 4 beads (with large holes)
– E-6000 glue
– 2 wooden skewers
– Hot-glue gun
– 4 feet of rope
1. Paint the outsides of the jar lids light orange and let dry. Add a second coat to cover the label, if needed.
2. Glue the straws to the bottom of the crate with tacky glue, parallel to the front edge, 2 to 3 inches from either end. Keep the crate turned over.
3. While the paint and glue are drying, cut four 2-inch circles from orange paper. (You can trace a roll of tape, a small bowl, or another smaller jar lid.) Cut each circle in half, then in quarters, then in eighths, to get an eight-piece pie.
4. Once the lids are dry, glue the paper wedges to the lids to create the segments of an orange (leaving a bit of space between the wedges).
5. Paint a dark orange ring around the outside of each jar lid to create the rind.
6. Using E-6000 glue, have an adult glue one bead, hole-side down, into the center of the inside of each jar lid. Let this dry completely, about 20 minutes.
7. Trim the pointed end off of each skewer by scoring it with scissors and breaking it off, and put the skewers through the straws. You want each skewer to be about 1 inch wider than the crate.
8. Have an adult squeeze a dot of hot glue into the beads glued to the center of the jar lids, then stick the lids onto the ends of each skewer. Hold the lids in place until the hot glue is set, about 2 minutes.
Oh my goodness, Amanda. That is seriously the cutest project. And I love that it’s so useable! I can picture kids everywhere pulling their Tooty Fruity carts, full of matchbox cars and Barbie clothes, around the living room and down the hallway. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic craft with us and huge congratulations on your new book.
Excerpted from Project Kid: Crafts that Go! by Amanda Kingloff (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2016. Photographs by Alexandra Grablewski.