Shoebox Garage (with Race Ramps)

I threw this together for my son using to shoe box lids and it was a hit. We used the box part to make dollhouses.


2 x shoebox lids

8 x Cardboard rolls (4 for garage and 4 for ramps)


Permanent Marker

Shoebox Garage (with ramps)

Step 1

With the bottom lid facing upright and the upper lid upside-down, tape four cardboard rolls to join.

Shoebox Garage (with ramps)

Step 2

Cut a small section in each side of the top level for the ramp (leave the tabs).

Shoebox Garage (with ramps)

Step 3

To create the ramps, cut 4 rolls in half to make 8 pieces. Tape three together for one ramp and three for the other ramp. You should have 2 pieces left over.

Shoebox Garage (with ramps)

Step 4

Tape the ramps to the structure and then add the last piece of the ramp with tape, angled slightly to aid cars when they leave the ramp.

Shoebox Garage (with ramps)

Step 5

Draw in details with permanent marker. I simply drew in car spots at the top.

Shoebox Garage (with ramps)


It’s fun to watch the cars roll down (it works!) or this would be a great addition to a DIY paper play mat, wood roads, box city or play table cloth. We made up a game where my son had to measure (with paper cut outs) the distance each car travelled after leaving the ramp to see which was the fastest.

Shoebox Garage (with ramps)

Shoebox Garage (with ramps)

Shoebox Garage (with ramps)

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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