Lightning McQueen & Mater Gift Box with Elmer’s Foam Board, #GlueNGlitter

“Speed…I’m speed…”
“If I’m lying, I’m crying…”
 I’ve heard that way too many times! I’m sure that like me, you have a kid who is obsessed with a movie and plays it over and over and over again! Why do they all do it? Don’t they realize how torturous it it? It’s not only that he knows all the lines, we know all the lines to the movies too. Yet, we feed into his obsession with getting him Cars toys, coloring books, books and t-shirts. He loves it and the smile on his face is worth every penny and every “again, again, play it again!”

If you have a little Cars obsessed kiddo like me, he/she would love a gift box like the one I made. They are pretty easy to make and again, the smile will be worth a couple of hours spend on this box! I made the box myself but I found an easy template for you, to save you some time, HERE. (You can scale it to the size you want.)
 I also tried a new Elmer’s product on this project. It’s not really new but it’s new to me and I love it! This was a first time that I tried Elmer’s Adhesive Spray. At first, I had my doubts that it would hold card stock to the tri-fold board but it is really strong. So strong in fact, that you need to work fast and try not to touch the sprayed surface. This adhesive spray would work great for paper crafts that need to be durable. I also wanted to use the Elmer’s foam board because it’s thick and durable and I would like this box to be more than just a gift box but also a keepsake or a storage box!

Supplies Needed:
Elmer’s Tri-Fold Foam Board (choose a size for the box you want)
X-Acto knife
Ruler, pencil
Red cardstock
Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive Spray
Elmer’s Craft Bond All Purpose glue
Elmer’s Designer Masking Tape
Cars Paperback Book (I got one at the Dollar store)
Silver paint
Letter and snowflake stencils
Red tissue paper and ribbon


1. Lay down the tri-fold foam board so that the folds are horizontal. Trace the cube box template and cut, where you supposed to cut, with the X-Acto knife. (PLEASE NOTE: some cuts will be all the way though but in the folds, make sure to do an outer cut only, on the opposite side of the fold, but NOT all the way though!)

2. Fold the box and glue the overlapping sides. Make sure not to glue the top cover of the box. Press each side with your hands and let dry for about 30 minutes.

3. Cut the red card stock into equal squares, the same size as the sides of the box. Using the Elmer’s adhesive spray, glue on the card stock squares to the outer sides of the box. (NOTE: Adhesive spray is strong and smelly, use it in an open area and lay down a newspaper or something else under the project, to protect the table surface.)
4. Using the designer masking tape, cover all the corners and edges of the box.
5. I used my X-Acto knife to cut out Lightning McQueen and Mater from the book. Using the adhesive spray, glue the Cars cut-out to the sides of the box.
6. Using your stencils and silver paint, pain the snowflakes and letters on the box.
7. To make the tissue paper bow, cut the tissue paper in rectangles (I made them 6×3) and tie the ribbon in the center, like a bow. Gently, spread apart the tissue paper to form a poofy bow. Tie it to the top of the box.

Now, give it to your kiddo and Happy Holidays!

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***This project was created for personal use only. This is not intended for sale!
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  1. Great idea, a place to put all those very special toys! You have an adorable model too!

  2. That is very cool! What a fun way to customize a gift!

  3. Not only a fun gift box but looks so durable the way you created it, I’m certain it will hold up well as a special keepsake box for his Cars treasures! Thank you so much for sharing your creation :)

  4. WOW! Such a beautiful box, so intricate, shows a lot of love. Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Merry Christmas!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  5. omg too stinkin cute! you are SOO creative! i would love for you to guest post on my blog any old time! :)

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