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Toy Gas Pump

In Radiator Springs, breakfast at Miss Flo's is served by the gallon. And though the menu doesn't vary much, the petrol-loving patrons show up again and again to get their fill. Modeled after the pumps at the V8 Café, this mini filling station is just the prop for fueling up your child's hometown motor fleet.

You'll need:

  • Empty tea bag box (approximately 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide)
  • Craft paper, white and two shades of blue
  • Scissors
  • Glue sealer that dries clear (such as Mod Podge)
  • Small foam brush for applying the glue
  • Template for Toy Gas Pump
  • Disposable foil container or aluminum foil
  • Small stick-on letters or permanent marker*
  • Glue dots
  • Several buttons
  • Bendable plastic drinking straw
  • 12-inch length of thin cord or string
  • Small binder clip
*Note: Another option is to use your computer to print lettering you like, and then cut out the words and glue them in place.

Instructions:

1. Cover the tea bag box with the lighter shade of blue paper, using glue sealer to stick the paper in place and then to coat the entire surface. Let the glue dry (it doesn't take long).

2. Print the template and use it to cut out the shapes as specified on the individual pieces.

3. Assemble the shapes for the face of the gas pump by first centering and gluing the lighter blue rectangle atop the darker one.

Step 3

4. Next, glue the white sale panel atop the foil trim panel. Use stick-on letters or a permanent marker to spell the word Gas on the panel. You can also add numbers to represent the gallons of gas being pumped.

Step 4

5. Glue the completed panel to the upper portion of the pump face.

Step 5

6. Glue the pump face to the front of the covered tea bag box and seal it with a coat of glue.

7. When the glue is dry, finish decorating the pump face with additional strips of foil trim and buttons (attached with glue dots).

Step 7

8. For a gas hose and nozzle, cut a 3-inch length from the bendable end of the drinking straw. Then knot one end of the cord and thread the other end through the straw, pulling gently so that the knot lodges inside the straw.

Step 8aStep 8b

9. Use glue dots to attach the loose cord end to the lower side of the gas pump, and then cover the end with a button.

Step 9aStep 9b

10. Attach a binder clip to the upper side of the gas pump, as shown, and slip the straw nozzle through the loops of the wire arms.

Step 10aStep 10b

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