Dump Truck

Upcycle a large milk carton and some bottle caps to create a dump truck with wheels that really move!



Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Step 2.

Turn a large milk carton on its side. Measure 2 ½” from the top of the carton and 1 ½” from the bottom and draw lines, as shown.

Repeat this step on the opposite side and on the top.

Step 3.

Cut along the lines to create two separate pieces: one is the cab and bed of the truck and the other is the tipping body of the truck. Set aside.

Step 4.

With adult assistance, poke holes in the middle of four bottle caps (we used large ones from Gatorade bottles) using a craft knife.

Step 5.

To make the axels, cut a 3/16” wide dowel into two 4.25” pieces.

Step 6.

Poke a hole about a ½” from the front and back of the truck’s body and ¼” from the edge, as shown. Repeat on opposite side.

Step 7.

Slide the 4.25” dowels through the holes.

Step 8.

Put a bottle cap on each end of the dowels as wheels. Use hot glue to secure each wheel.

Step 9.

Cover the bottle cap wheels in tape so they do not get spray-painted and stick to the sides of the truck.

Step 10.

Spray the cab and bed of the truck blue and the tipping body of the truck yellow. Remove the tape from the wheels once the paint is dry.

Tip: Spin the dowels to make sure they don’t get stuck!

Step 11.

Cut out a windshield and a window on each side of the truck’s cab.

Step 12.

Glue a red round acrylic jewel on each side of the back of the truck’s bed.

Step 13.

Place the yellow tipping body into the bed of the dump truck.

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