How do you make a car with paper that moves?

My nieces and nephews are over, and they want to build paper cars. How do we make a car that can actually move with paper?

Jason Tushinski · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The great thing about being an aunt or uncle is you get to drive the kids crazy and then hand them back to their parents right before their meltdowns.
To ensure said meltdowns don’t happen on your watch, here’s how to make a car with paper that moves. First, gather the following:
  • Printable paper car body templates (just do a quick Google search)
  • A pair of scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Beads
  • Hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • A blow torch (just kidding)
Now, follow these steps to create your very own Paper Indy 500:
  1. Cut out the car body template.
  2. Fold it along the centerline.
  3. At the bottom of the car body, fold both square pieces inward.
  4. With the body folded, use a hole punch to punch holes through the center of the template’s wheel wells.
  5. Open the body back up and fold the bottom squares inward. Then, glue them together to form the car’s undercarriage, giving your car a three-dimensional shape.
  6. Glue the paper wheels onto corrugated cardboard, and then cut the wheels out.
  7. With a toothpick acting as your car’s axle, push it through the center of a wheel, and through both front-wheel holes punched on the template to attach your axle and paper wheel to the car’s body. Then, attach another wheel to the other end of the toothpick so your front wheels are attached.
  8. Do the same for the two rear wheels.
  9. Push beads onto the ends of both toothpicks—these will prevent the wheels from falling off the toothpick axles.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your (paper) engines!
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