Lightning McQueen & Mater Box Car Costumes


Here’s another cute craft idea from our friends at Disney Family!

What You’ll Need

20” x 16” x 10” cardboard box

Painter’s plastic

Spray paint: glossy red and matte brown

Packaging tape

Hot glue gun and glue

8 9-inch diameter black paper plates

8 small round stickers

8 push pins

Small screwdriver



Construction paper (white, light blue, cream, light green, yellow)

Black marker

Paper towel tube


Wire cutters

How To Make It

1 Take your box and undo one of the sides so you can lay it flat, with all of the outside surfaces showing.
2 Lay down painter’s plastic that will cover the ground under the box with at least a foot of extra plastic on all sides.
3 Use the spray paint to cover the box with either bright, glossy red for Lightning McQueen or the matte brown for Mater. Let it dry.
4 Use the packaging tape (and some hot glue for extra hold if necessary) to reattach the side of the box you removed to make it three dimensional again.
5 Leaving the top flap out to become your car’s windshield, fold all of the flaps down into the box and tape them flat.
6 Take your black plate and place a round sticker in the center.
7 Use push pins to attach the paper plates to your car. (Add some hot glue to secure the plate to the cardboard if necessary.)
8 Take the small screwdriver and make a hole on either side of the windshield and either side of the back.
9 Make the straps. Thread ribbon through the hole going from inside the box to outside the box, tying off the end in a knot. Take it across to the other side and adjust the strap length. Then make a cut before tying off that end too.
10 Finally, decorate your car! For Lightning McQueen, cut out shapes with the construction paper to finish off the craft: light blue for eyes, white for the windshield, white for teeth, and yellow for lightning bolt racing stripe. Then, use the black marker to draw in the eyes and teeth.
11 For Mater, cut out a hook from the cardboard and grab a paper towel tube. Spray paint both with the matte brown spray paint. Use a hot glue gun to attach the painted paper towel tube to the back of the box. Then cut a piece of wire and attach one end to the end of the paper towel tube and the hook onto the other end. Next, cut out construction paper to finish off the craft: light green for eyes, cream for the windshield, and cream for teeth. Then use the black marker to draw in the eyes and teeth.

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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