Paper Car

Tomorrow we are going to visit a school to share our work. Our goal was to make a paper toy kit to share with the students. We need to bring one fully assembled and one ready to be assembled by the children.

After much thought, I made this paper car:

model that looks like a sedan-type car, with two wheels on each side.

The tabs and slots holding it together are designed to be linked on the inside where they can't be seen. I designed this in Illustrator after making some prototypes by hand.

outline of cut and fold lines to turn a flat piece of paper into a model car.

I printed it out on heavy cardstock paper and cut it out with an exacto knife. I wish I had a Cricut machine to do the cutting for me; it would have saved me a lot of time.

The tabs and slots are a bit small and are prone to tearing. In retrospect, I should have made them bigger and more durable. On the other hand, humans with much smaller hands might have an easier time putting this together than I did.

Two paper cars on a green cutting mat. One is assembled and the other is waiting to be assembled. Both are made of white paper.

Closeup of assembled paper car sitting on a green cutting mat.