General ramblings

The best Christmas present…?

BigSmall was desperate for a remote controlled pick-up for Christmas…

We farmed out the request to other members of the family who have not undertaken such a crazy task  to buy nothing new, and said pick-up truck was duly wodged down the chimney on Christmas Eve.

Unfortunately the battery pack didn’t work properly (hubby managed to cobble it together with blu-tack to avoid a Christmas morning meltdown) and there was no cover for the battery pack, so it had to go back to the North Pole…

It’s replacement soon arrived. In an enormous box. I thought to myself “that’s ok, it can’t really be that big inside, it must just be the packaging”…

But it wasn’t, and it was…

This thing is HUGE. A real monster truck!

Needless to say, BigSmall (and hubby) is delighted.

I was loathe to throw the box away, as it was begging to be made into something. I asked BigSmall what he wanted to make it into, and he said a fire-engine. So a fire-engine it is!

fire engine-finished1

I would like to point out the following special Make Do and Mend features…

Wheels made from sticky pads from The Scrapstore

Wheels made from sticky pads from The Scrapstore

Juice carton siren

Juice carton siren

Foil tin radiator grill

Foil tin radiator grill

It has a ladder (obviously. All fire engines need a ladder)

fire engine-ladder1

And handles for ease of ‘driving’

fire engine-handles1I am slightly concerned that it is lacking a hose though…

So, although BigSmall is chuffed to bits with his remote controlled pick-up truck, he is just as chuffed with his cardboard box fire-engine….

fire engine-standing1And it can be recycled when it has been trashed by over-excited Small people he has had enough of it!

(Visited 841 times, 1 visits today)


  • Reply 30 ways to save £1 | PinAddicts Challenge May 2, 2013 at 7:04 am

    […] toys for the kids from whatever is in the recycling box-we have made bug catchers, a fire engine, and a marble […]

  • Reply 30 Ways to Save £1 | My Make Do and Mend Year April 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    […] toys for the kids from whatever is in the recycling box-we have made bug catchers, a fire engine, and a marble run! Waste Not Want […]

  • Reply Red Ted Art's Blog » Blog Archive Recycled Crafts from Around The Web » Red Ted Art's Blog January 14, 2013 at 1:53 am

    […] love the title of this post by My Make Do and Mend Year – “The Best Christmas Present Ever” – yes the humble box… we already know […]

  • Reply roxyboots January 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    What a fantastic idea! Brilliant and just how kids should be encouraged to play to build their imagination!

    • Reply Jen January 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      Thankyou! I think we enjoyed it almost as much as him 🙂

  • Reply judith January 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Gosh . This made me smile and made me wish my kids were young again. My daughter and I made a rather fetching cooker with a cardboard box one summer, with raised bak for dials. Fab days…

    • Reply Jen January 8, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      It goes so quick doesn’t it-have to remember that sometimes.. Thanks for reading Judith 🙂

  • Reply Sarah January 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Ace! Your cardboard confection is much more visually impressive but a few years ago I made a house out of a very big but shallowish box from one of them car roof top box storage thingies. I cut in windows and a door (inc fully working letter box – a very popular feature as you can imagine) and drew on some very rudimentary window boxes etc – it was just about big enough to accommodate two preschoolers and despite much to – ing and fro – ing lasted about four months! They weren’t remotely interested in the car roof top box storage thingy, mind. TYPICAL KIDS, eh?!

    PS ta for the twitter follow…

    • Reply Jen January 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Hi Sarah
      Martin Lewis, the money saving expert, did a whole thing on kids and cardboard boxes,an dhow they are quite happy with just an empty cardboard box, just before Christmas! They are certainly value for money. I bet a letterbox was very exciting..!

  • Reply Joanna January 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Fab, fab, fab. As I told you when I saw this at it’s beginnings on Twitter: My children will not be shown this, it’s too brilliant!

    • Reply Jen January 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Anyone can do it. All you need is a box and some red paint! Give it a go 🙂

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo January 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I think this is fabulous, they say kids can get more excited about the box than they toy, in this case I reckon they’re right. A brilliant dose of inginuity here – who says kids toys all have to be hi-tech? Well done. :o)

    • Reply Jen January 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks Jo. It has provided us with hours of fun so far!

  • Reply maggy, red ted art January 7, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I **ADORE** your fire engine. And totally agree, that the best present is often the box something came in in!! Hooray for make do and mend!

    • Reply Jen January 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks so much Maggy!

    Leave a Reply