Wheelbarrow of Leaves
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 8 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
What better way to collect all those falling leaves than with a wheelbarrow? Have fun with these chores when you make this fun autumn project.
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What you'll need:
- Cardboard graham cracker box
- 2 jumbo crafts sticks
- 4 regular craft sticks
- 1 sheet light blue felt
- 8 cotton balls
- Tissue paper in fall colors
- Black acrylic craft paint
- 2 wooden doll pin stands
- White craft glue
- Hot glue gun
How to make it:
- Cut the top off of the cardboard graham cracker box, leaving about 3” of box from the bottom.
- Cut the sides of the box at an angle so that one end measures 3” high and the other end measures 1” high.
- Cover the cardboard with blue felt using white craft glue.
- Turn the felt covered box over and starting about 1” from the shorter end, glue one of the jumbo craft sticks to the bottom. The craft stick should stick out about 1” from the higher side of the box.
- Paint the doll pins stands with black paint and let dry.
- Glue two of the regular sized craft sticks together, stacked evenly on top of each other.
- Glue the stacked craft sticks to the jumbo craft stick on the bottom of the wheelbarrow. The stacked craft sticks should be standing on their sides when glued to the jumbo stick. Glue in place so that about 1/3 of the doubled craft sticks are sticking out in front to hold the “wheel”.
- Glue the doll pin stands to the end of the stacked craft sticks, one on each side, lined up evenly as the wheel.
- Cut the remaining jumbo craft stick in half and glue to the bottom of the box, overlapping the back end of the first jumbo craft stick. The two jumbo sticks should form a “T”.
- Cut the remaining two regular sized craft sticks in half. Take two halves and hot glue the cut ends to the cut jumbo craft stick as the legs of the wheelbarrow (see photo).
- Hot glue the remaining two halves on as the handles of the wheelbarrow, gluing them to the short end of the box.
- Turn the wheelbarrow right side up and line the bucket of the wheelbarrow with white craft glue. Cover the glue with cotton balls.
- Tear tissue paper into 3” square pieces and crumple them up, them glue on top of the cotton balls.
- Hot glue can really hurt, so have a grown up help you with those steps.
- Note that hot glue in only used to attach the craft sticks and the wheels together. Use white craft glue for the other steps.
- Recycle snack, cereal and cracker boxes to make fun craft projects!