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DIY Kid’s Cardboard Box Car with Energizer® EcoAdvanced™

October 14, 2015

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My kids and I love to get creative and recycle cardboard boxes into crafts or toys. With the weather getting cooler, we have been playing indoors more often so it was time to create another fun cardboard box project! My little ones love to pretend to drive so making a fun car for them was the perfect idea. To make this car extra special we thought we would include headlights for any night-time driving adventures.

To power our “headlights” we used Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries. These new batteries are my go-to for eco-friendly batteries, especially now that I can pick them up at my favorite shop: Target! Available in both AA and AAA, these batteries are high performing and reliable but with less environment impact. They last longer (can hold up to 12 years in storage) and are the world’s first AA battery to contain four percent recycled batteries by total weight (which is nearly ten percent of a key active ingredient). And this is just the beginning of Energizer®’s steps to bring performance and responsibility to their products: by 2025 their goal is to increase the amount of recycled battery material from ten-fold to forty percent!



To get started on this project you will need a few simple items:

*large cardboard box

*smaller cardboard box or scrap cardboard

*non-toxic paints

*2 flashlights powered with Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries

*1 paper towel tube (cut in half)

*4 small paper bowls

*2 pieces of tissue paper


*x-acto knife



To start, cut off all the flaps from the top of the box and set aside. Using your x-acto knife cut three small divots on the sides and the back of the box. Then trace the ends of the flashlights onto the bottom front of the box (where you would like to place the headlights). Trace the halved paper towel tubes onto the bottom back of the box (for the mufflers). With an x-acto knife cut out these pieces.

Next using your scrap cardboard, cut a circular piece for the steering wheel and 5″ rectangular pieces for the grill of the car.

Paint the grill pieces, mufflers (paper towel roll), steering wheel, and bowls the colors of your child’s choice.


After the paint has dried, glue 2 paper plates to each bottom side of the box to make wheels. Then glue on the grill pieces to the front. Take one of the pieces used to make a divot and glue to the front outer edge.

Push the flashlights into the front holes and the mufflers into the back holes. Stuff the two sheets of tissue paper into each muffler to create a smoke-look. Lastly make a fun license plate for the back!

That’s it! Let your kids enjoy playing with their new car!

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Learn more about these amazing new planet-friendly batteries here. Also, be sure to pick up Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ on your next shopping trip!

Do you have a great idea to recycle, reuse, or repurpose something? Comment below to share or follow #BringingInnovation to discover and explore more great ideas!

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  • Reply Carolyn West October 20, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Brilliant idea to add the flashlights as headlights. I love the way it lights up in the dark. So wish my kids were younger. #client

  • Reply Deb December 6, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    This is great, lots of fun to make and play with. Love the idea of headlights and smoke from the muffler!

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