Handmade Dress Up Series: DIY Jimmy Giggle Mobile Tutorial

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All of you familiar with Jimmy Giggle are in luck! Thanks for the wonderful Giggle Mobile Tutorial!

Hi, I’m Narelle from Cook Clean Craft, where I share family-friendly recipes, household cleaning and organization tips, and fun crafts, including sewing, felt, cardboard and crochet. I’m a stay-at-home Mum from Brisbane, Australia with a toddler son and a baby girl.

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The Giggle Mobile is the amazing car/hovercraft/plane/submarine driven by Jimmy Giggle and Hoot the Owl (the hosts of ABC2 – the kids’ TV channel here in Australia). For those with blank looks, here’s the song:

Not only is my son obsessed with Giggle and Hoot, he loves all things transport. With all the cardboard boxes I’ve been collecting (thank you, IKEA and internet shopping), I thought it was time to create a fun cardboard Giggle-mobile costume.
Note: Originally, this was going to be a simple cardboard box car, but the perfectionist in me took over, and it somehow became a cardboard masterpiece. I really hope it lasts more than a few days before my son destroys it!
Materials
Cardboard boxes
Paint
2 paper/plastic plates
Fabric strips
Hot Glue Melts and Glue Gun
Scissors, rotary cutter, box cutter
Split pins
Bottle tops
Stick and Sew Velcro
Method
I started with a cardboard box that my toddler could stand in, but not much bigger than that. It ended up being 10.5” wide, 14” long and 6” deep. I also used a large flat-pack box.
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I traced around the cardboard box and then cut a rectangle from the flat-pack box that was 8.5” longer and 7.5” wider than the small cardboard box.
I hot glued the smaller box onto the larger piece of cardboard and cut out a hole in the base.

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I then cut out the following pieces for the car panels:

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The pieces on the right are a mirror image of those on the left. I worked out the shapes of these pieces by bending and folding the cardboard pieces around the box. They weren’t worked out precisely and I ended up trimming piece as I glued the car together.
I peeled off the top layer of cardboard from the two side panels to expose the corrugations underneath:

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I also cut two wings that were 12” long and 8” wide (so they fit inside the side panels), and cut some extra thin strips of cardboard 12” long.

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I hot-glued the thin strips to the edge of the wings. This is to stop the wings from pulling all the way out.

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Then it was time to hot-glue all the panels into place, starting at the back. I bent and trimmed the cardboard as needed as I went:

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And then onto the front:

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So the Giggle-mobile looks like this:

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I cut a small slit in the flap on the sides to insert the wings:

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Then inserted the wing and added some small strips of cardboard to guide the wing in and out. I also stuck small pieces of cardboard either side of the slit to reinforce it.

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I painted the corrugated side of the side panels red, and glued them into position:

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I then used a split pin, plastic plate and plastic bottle top to create a steering wheel:

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I used another plastic plate, and tall, skinny cardboard box, a piece of cardboard cut like a propeller and another bottle top to make the hovercraft part on the back:

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The plastic plate is glued to the cardboard box, and the cardboard propeller spins. So now you have completed the shell for your Giggle-mobile:

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I cut two rectangles from a cereal box, and glued them into a cylinder:

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I filled one end with paper and glued it into position for the headlights. Oops, no photo here… you’ll have to wait until the finished product to see!
The Giggle-mobile is decorated with large buttons. My buttons were created from painted cardboard circles.

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At this point, I was thinking I’d spent enough time on this masterpiece, so didn’t bother drawing on the “threads” for the buttons!
The buttons were glued into position and a few stripes were painted on. Finally, I used two strips of fabric (webbing or ribbon would also work), and used stick and sew Velcro to attach it to the box for the straps for wearing the Giggle-mobile.

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And finally, the Giggle-mobile was complete, as a car:
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Or as a plane:

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My son loves pulling the wings in and out:

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Even if you’re not a Giggle and Hoot fan, you can use the same steps to create your own car/plane/UFO. I’d love to see what you make.

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Comments

  1. Tiffany says

    This is amazing!! We are having a giggle and hoot party for my son who is 1 in February and I hope we have enough time to make this giggomobile – I just hope before he destroys it he has a good play with it first!! :-)

  2. says

    Ever since we sent in a drawing to the Giggle and Hoot show we have been fans – this is an awesome, detailed tutorial – we are coming back to it time and again for inspiration – although our little creation is not nearly so well made as yours.