How to Improvise Cool Ramps for Your Toy Cars Out of a BirchBox Box

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Emily gets those Birchbox packages in the mail. They’re full of lotions and fragrances and things like that. They come in durable cardboard boxes. We have lots of them, accumulating in a pile in our craft area.

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Adrian and I were playing with some of his cars today, and I decided that he needed some ramps to do some cool jumps. Looking around the craft area for something that could serve as a ramp, I saw the Birchbox boxes. Perfect.

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First, I clipped the corners at one end of the box top.

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Then I cut along the sides to the other end.

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I folded the end up and trimmed it off, above the crease so there would be no bumps on my awesome new ramp.

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Because the cardboard was so stiff, the ramp would not stay folded down at an angle on its own. It wanted to retain its boxy right-angle instead of touching the floor. I had to figure out a way to pin the ramp down. So I cut some channels at a shallow angle along the sides of the box.

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Then I trimmed the ends of the walls down so they wouldn’t extend past the bottom of the ramp, and slid the walls into the channels I had cut. The bottom edge of the walls slid over the top of the ramp, forcing it down. Folding the outside triangles up a bit pinned the walls in place, which in turn held the ramp down.

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Then I repeated these steps with the other half of the box. Bam! Sweet new ramps for cars.

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Have fun, crafty craft people.

4 comments

1 Bethany Watson Lear { 09.21.12 at 5:16 AM }

Wot?! Now you’re giving awesome craft advice? Get out. Get the hell out. I’m gonna guess these kept him busy while you also made some fab dinner & then ballroom danced around the kitchen w/ Emily. Too much? OK. Just the dinner & a craft then.

2 Backpacking Dad { 09.21.12 at 7:11 AM }

Yeah, I’m not a great dancer.

3 Parentin'Ain'tPurdEE { 09.24.12 at 2:46 AM }

Great crafty tip. Will come in handy with my two boys. Thanks!

4 Mike Henderson { 09.28.12 at 7:30 AM }

Sweet jump dude! I hope you are teaching him to whistle Dixie as the car flies through the air.

-Mike