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Thursday, March 10, 2011

{DIY army tanks}

I just had to laugh a little when I re-read the title of this post, lol. Don't see that everyday!

If you have boys at your house, you might very well have some army men lying around. Well, we have a bin full, and my son really wanted some army tanks to go with his collection.

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:

I wasn't allowed to distress the wood or add any vinyl to this project, lol. Even thought I was REALLY tempted.

This is a great gift idea for any boy in your life...handmade gifts are always so fun to give and receive.

Now sit back and let their imaginations go wild!



Blogger taidyeoriginal said...

these are awesome!! I really need to make some. What a fun and simple idea. LOVE it!

tai @

March 10, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

These are fabulous!!! I think my son AND my husband would LOVE these!! Good project to do together!

March 10, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger fee @ chipper nelly said...

Heeeeey, not very oftern I come across a boy friendly post! Love these and just today asked #1 son if he would like to guest post on my blog! Might suggest he makes these as a 'show and tell'!
(was worried about what he might post about if left to own devices...11 is a funny age!)
thanks for sharing...fee x

March 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Dara Lynn said...

I still have a MEGA bucket of Army men in my attic....yup...all the boys ... now young men are out on their own ...BUT ...if they were home...I would totally kiss you! Army tanks were ALWAYS fought over! lol

March 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

OH EM GEE, my boys will LOVE THIS!!! THANKS!!!

March 10, 2011 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger D.I.M. Incorporated said...

My son would love these! Thank you for sharing!

March 10, 2011 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger UtahMillers said...

Cute! My son would love these! So would my brother, who is currently serving in the Army and works on tanks! I'm going to make him a set!

March 10, 2011 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Sassy Sites! said...

SO FUN!! My little guys would love these tanks! I love that they are made of wood and not plastic, like most of the toys in the store! I think these could hold up in a war! :) I'm going to have to make some!! Thanks for sharing!

March 11, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

We finally made these! Thanks for the great idea. I just showed them off on my blog and linked back to you.
Thanks for the clever and fabulous idea!

April 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM  

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