Raiding the Junk Box – London Bus Craft

With snow, now rain we’re having fun raiding the junk modelling box and making some big scale crafts. This time we made a Bus from our boxes.

Cardboard Box Bus Craft

What you need to make a Cardboard Box Bus

A large Cardboard Box
White Paper
Red Paint
Black Card
Silver Mirror Card
Sticky Tape

How you go about making the Cardboard Box Bus

I started off with a cardboard box that I covered with white paper sticking it in place – now you may wonder why cover it in white paper. In the past we have painted straight onto brown cardboard boxes but they have needed a couple of coats of paint to get it looking the colour and have discovered that by covering the box with white paper first hides any design on it and the colours only need painting once.

team work in the early years

Then J and T set about painting the bus (yes working together on it – you don’t know how much of a happy Mum I am to see them work together to paint the bus).

Bus craft for Toddlers and preschools

Once painted we left it to dry overnight and then I cut out 6 wheels from black card as well as cut out some rectangles of different sizes from the silver mirror card. J and T set about adding them to the bus.

cardboard box bus craft

Once the glue was dry the bus was sturdy enough that it provided an indoor it sit and push along bus for J and T to play on. They love their cardboard box bus – I have cut out the bottom so that people can get put inside it now as well.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. Oh I love the photo at the end – riding on the bus!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty.


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