Button Cars

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Because of another project (coming soon), I had a surplus of assorted buttons around the house.  When I had an entire Saturday morning to kill and four kids and a Moo and Pa to amuse, I found this project.  It was so fun and easy!  I had everything we needed around the house:  clothespins, buttons, straws, twist ties, and a bit of masking tape.

First we found four same-size buttons.
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Next, we put the first button on a twist tie (in one hole, down through the other and twisted it to keep the button on tight). Then we put a piece of straw on (about and inch and a half). Then the next button and threaded the twist tie back through the other hole to keep the button on and twisted that one tight.
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We did that a second time with two more buttons, a straw piece, and a twist tie. Then we put one of these wheels and axles through the hole in the clothespin and the other up by the spring and secured that with a bit of tape around the clothespin.
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Finally, we got busy driving them…on the floor…
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Lying down…
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On the table…
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On a ramp…
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Flying through the air…
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And on Moo’s head!!
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5 Responses to “Button Cars”


  1. 1 Kristen January 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    We sure LOVE ours 🙂 Thanks Auntie

  2. 2 laurastanfill January 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Now I know what I’m going to do with that jar of buttons in the basement. Sorting through looking for four of the same size will be a fun project in itself!

  3. 3 Rick January 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Hey, I remember those. I had to point out the warranty recall that had to happen for floppy wheels.

  4. 4 Karen January 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    The cars were still going after 3 days, so a good project but the head as a freeway was a little hard!!!!!!!!!

  5. 5 Courtney January 12, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I love the collection of photos from this project!


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