They see me rollin’

We found another use for our embarrassingly large collection of black buttons! A few days ago, we used them to decorate a hot air balloon mixed media collage – see previous post. Today, we thought we’d give our Sylvanian mice a set of hot new wheels! Here’s how we repurposed a couple of toilet paper rolls and a stack of black buttons to make racing cars. 

Racing cars_The Strong Collection_Materials

What we used:

  • Cardboard tubes (toilet paper or paper towel rolls)
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Buttons
  • Paper plate or cardboard
  • Craft glue
  • Sticky tape
  • Coloured paper &/or stickers, for detailing


  1. Cut a rectangular hole in the middle of the tube for the driver to sit in.
  2. Paint the tube – bright racing car red always looks good!
  3. While the paint is drying, cut four circles from a paper plate or cardboard to make wheels.
  4. Glue your buttons onto the wheels and then glue the wheels onto the car.
  5. To make the steering wheel, glue a button onto a thin strip of card and fold it so that the half with the steering wheel sticks out from the seat and the other half can be stuck to the inside with sticky tape.
  6. Finally, add some racing car stripes, detailing and a number on the bonnet using coloured paper, paint, or coloured stickers cut to shape.

Racing cars_The Strong Collection

For another cute craft idea using cardboard tubes, check out these little owls we made.


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