DIY

This Dad Built His Little Boy An Adorable DIY Fire Truck

by Ariana Seigel
Ariana lives in NYC but grew up in FL. She loves comedy, strong coffee, and impromptu performances by the mariachi bands on the subway.

As a kid, I played with a lot of store-bought toys. As a result, my bedroom was always strewn with thousands of dolls and mismatched puzzle pieces.

But of all my toys, my favorites were those I fashioned myself: a cardboard box turned airplane; an old shoe imagined as a space ship; my mom’s old dresses worn as costumes for my one-woman show…

Considering we live in a time when it’s easier than ever to buy toys and gadgets for kids, building something imaginative, all by hand, is an incredible gift — like this play oven made from an old entertainment center.

That’s why, when I saw this adorable DIY fire truck made by Imgur user “firetruckguy,” I totally melted. This is definitely the kind of home-spun toy I would have loved as a kid!

As this fun DIY project demonstrates, with just a few simple supplies and a couple hours, you can create an amazing toy and even more incredible memories!

Let us know what you think of this adorable handmade toy in the comments below!

To build this incredible project, this dad started with his base materials: 2x4's and a ton of plywood.

To build this incredible project, this dad started with his base materials: 2x4's and a ton of plywood.

Then he framed the base.

Then he framed the base.

Next, he covered the base with some plywood.

Next, he covered the base with some plywood.

He framed the first side, then added 1/4 inch plywood.

He framed the first side, then added 1/4 inch plywood.

He repeated the same with the second side.

He repeated the same with the second side.

Afterwards, he added plywood to the front and made a little cab.

Afterwards, he added plywood to the front and made a little cab.

Then he added little seats!

Then he added little seats!

To finish, he sanded, primed, and added a first coat of paint. He built the side ladders out of 2x1 inch stakes.

To finish, he sanded, primed, and added a first coat of paint. He built the side ladders out of 2x1 inch stakes.

Lastly, he added some paint detailing, cheap lights, a steering wheel, and a tiny little bell!

Lastly, he added some paint detailing, cheap lights, a steering wheel, and a tiny little bell!

When he was finished, he shared this adorable picture of his son thoroughly enjoying the finished product. This is one present this little boy will cherish for years to come!

When he was finished, he shared this adorable picture of his son thoroughly enjoying the finished product. This is one present this little boy will cherish for years to come!

Would your kids love to play in this DIY fire truck? Let us know in the comments.

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