Crawler Construction Crane


Getting Started

Always use your imagination and be creative when building these kids crafts or any others. It's your creation, so be inventive when looking for building supplies — you just may be surprised! When building your project, experiment with new and different ways of putting it together. The most important thing is to have fun!

1Find these or similar supplies!

• Milk Carton (one big, one small)
• Five toilet paper tubes
• Paper towel tube
• Disposable chopsticks
• Two soap boxes
• String
• Tape and glue

1. Get started!

This project is surprisingly simple to make. Start out by building your basic version. You can build your crane however you want! I used the toilet paper tubes as wheels, the milk cartons as the body, and the paper towel tube for my crane’s arm. Play around with different ways of putting it together and experiment with different supplies.


2. Cover with tape or paint!

I decided to cover all my pieces ahead of time with some blue and orange painter’s tape. If you are going to paint your crane, this would be the time to do so. You can also just use regular masking tape and color the crane parts with markers.


43. Make it swivel!

If you want to make your crane swivel, here is the easiest way: poke a hole through your milk cartons and slide in a disposable chopstick. Make sure the holes match up. Now your crane will have a cool swivel action!





4. Add the wheels!

Next glue on the toilet paper tubes to the bottom of the milk carton. I suggest gluing all the wheels together, then attaching them to the underside of the milk carton as one piece.


5. Add a boom!

I poked some more holes and added some chopsticks to give my crane some support rigging. I just used a little tape and some extra string to attach it all together. This is completely optional (but I think it looks cool!).


86. Make your crane claw!

I made my crane claw from an old soap box. Just cut out a zig zag pattern after you tape or paint it. Next you can punch a hole in the end of your paper towel tube and run a string to the soap box claw.


7. Put it all together!

The final step is gluing everything together. Make sure everything is where you want it first!


8. Finish Up!

The final step is the most fun... Decorating! You can add all kinds of details to make your crane look real. I added some pieces of tape for windows and doors, and rigged up the string and chopsticks to add the boom. Then I rolled up some paper and covered it with tape for the smokestacks in the back (cotton for the smoke). Use your imagination and try new ideas. Voila! Your Crawler Construction Crane is complete!