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If you want to recycle a box…your kid likes Ambulances… thi costume is PERFECT.
There is a FREE printable sign “AMBULANCE” if you decide to make this costume – scroll all the way down to sign up my newsletter / password to my resource library will be sent! 🙂
OverView – how the AMBULANCE costume looks
Check the picture below : Before and After.
And this is how Denmark’s ambulance looks like.
Know this before starting the project…
I have to say this project isn’t quick.😅
It’s not quick because you need a preparation.
You need to order a siren light and other materials….
The Good thing is, it’s easy to make once you have everything ready!
It’s worth a try, because your kid is going to be super excited and he/she will be popular
with friends! 🙂
Materials you need
- Colored (thick) Papers for Ambulance body ( in Denmark – where we live, our Amblance are yellow + green.
But my country Japan, it’s red and white. What’s your country’s ambulance colour? )
These coloured papers can be craft paper, wrapping paper, or origami papers…
but I recommend using a bit thick papers because it’s more stable.
2. Blue color paper for window
5. 2 pieces of straps
6. 1 buckle or button or velcro – to keep straps together
7. Doubled Sided Mount Tape
8. Siren Light
We LOVED this Siren Light on Z’s ambulance! Strongly recommended, because
A. it’s easy to mount on cardboard box.
B. it has a controler so kids can turn on and off the sound
The drawback of this siren is loud. ( aren’t all the kids toys loud?!)
So I’ve put cotton puff on the back to cover,
it did helped to reduce the sound. (see a pic below)
Also, if your kid’s outside with this this box then the sound won’t be bothering.
HOW-TO Make a Box Ambulance
Once you have everything – Here is step-by-step to make
Step 1. Get a right size of box
First of all, make sure the box fits good with your kid.
Step 2. Cut the Bottom
Here is what the bottom looks like.
Leave some areas on the bottom, because it will keep the better balance than all the bottom’s out.
Also you can rest a siren controller there as well.
The key is that your kid’s body can go through this whole.
Step 3. Front Part
The Front Part should be a “diagnal”. I forgot to take a pic so I drew instead… (sorry!)
Cut the blue triangle part. Then tape very well. (see my drawing and photo)
Step 4. Glue the coloured papers
Glue the coloured papers around the box.
Before you glue papers….. place it on a box, check where to put and how it looks.
Then fold it like this so it’s easier to remember…
Let your kids help too – something easy parts 🙂
Step 5. Glue “AMBURANCE” sign
I prepared the text file that looks exactly like the picture above.
It’s ready to download from my resource library.
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Don’t stress to cut out all the letters neatly. I cut like this, 👇and I coloured the gaps with yellow pen.
Don’t stress too much! Don’t be too perfect.
Check how it looks on your kid time-to-time.
Looks like it’s coming along…., exciting 🙂
Step 5. Mount the siren light
This was probably the most tricky part for me.
Z wanted the light on top of the front face, so this is what I came up with.
I needed a small ‘table’ to hold the light.
First cover the part with coloured paper.
Then I made a hole on it. (used a screwdriver)
Place the siren light first.
Then use a strong double sided tape.
I used this tape: Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape
Doesn’t matter how ugly the back looks like – as long as it holds the siren light firmly!
Step 6. Put shoulder belts and strap/ buckle
You will need 2 belts and 1 strap.
1 strap goes between the 2 belts,
because the belts start to fall off when kid walks around.
When I encountered the problem I didn’t want to go to a store to buy it.
What did I do?
I cut off the strap from my backpack.
I had never used it anyways and it was perfect.
But you can easily substitute with button or velcro.
I don’t have a sewing machine, so I hand-sewed it.
Z and his pals at kindergarten checking the siren light.
Get Free “AMBULANCE” printable sign
I’ve created downloadable “AMBULANCE” sign that you can use for this craft. I’ve stored it on my resource library.
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There are tons of cool how-tos and craft materials I’m giving away inside there!
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