My husband took him down to his workshop, and they made these together. This is a very simple project that’s perfect for little helpers. Depending on how old your boys are, they can help with different aspects of it. My son Ryan loved the time with his dad, being able to learn about tools, and the finished product! You could also make them more detailed as well–this is just the basic idea.
I don’t have any of the process pictures, since I didn’t see them until after they were made, but this is how they did it…
DIY Army Tanks
- 3/4 inch MDF
- 1/2 inch dowel
- staple gun, and 1 inch staples
- wood glue
- spray paint
1. Cut the MDF into the size of tank you would like–a bigger piece for the bottom, and a smaller piece (about 2/3 the size of the bottom piece).
2. Using a 1/2 inch drill bit, drill a hole in the front side of the smaller piece–that piece that will go on top. Cut your dowel long enough to fit inside the drilled hole, and as far out as you want it to go. Use wood glue to secure it in place.
3. Use wood glue to adhere your two pieces (top and bottom) together. Wood glue would probably be enough, but they also stapled the pieces together, using 1 inch staples, just to be safe. (I think it’s really because they wanted to use the staple gun, lol.)
4. Once all the glue is dry, you’re ready to paint! I found this spray paint by Rustoleum:
This is a great gift idea for any boy in your life…handmade gifts are always so fun to give and receive.