How to Turn a Wagon into a School Bus For Halloween

On Halloween night let your toddlers ride in style by transforming a plain wagon into a bug yellow school. It’ll save their little legs from all of that walking and keep them from wandering off.
By: Jess Abbott

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round

Trick-or-treating will be a blast when you can ride door-to door in this pimped-out wagon.

Tools and Materials

For this project, you'll need: a wagon, a large piece of cardboard, a large piece of yellow fabric (big enough to cover the cardboard), a box cutter, heavy-duty scissors, measuring tape, a ruler or other straight edge, pen, black duct tape, red cardstock, white paper, spray glue and Elmers glue or tape (not shown).

Measure Wagon Length

Measure the length of your wagon and record that number. Let’s call this measurement “length”.

Measure Desired Height of School Bus

Measure how high you want the top of your school bus to go (remember, the kids need to be able to get in and out of the school bus easily on the sides). Take that number and double it, then add 10” more. For example, if you want your school bus to be 20” high, multiply that by two, and add 10”. Your resulting measurement would be 50”. We will call this measurement “height”.

Cut Cardboard

Use heavy-duty scissors or a box cutter to cut a piece of cardboard that is your length x height measurement.

Apply Spray Glue to Cardboard

Following the instructions on your spray glue, apply an even coat to one side of the cardboard. Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area.

Attach Yellow Fabric

Place the fabric on top of the glue-covered cardboard, and smooth out as many bumps in the fabric as possible. Trim off any excess fabric from the ends.

Wrinkle Free

You should now have one large yellow fabric-covered piece of cardboard.

Cut Out School Bus Windows

Measure up from the bottom of each short side of the cardboard about 11”, and draw the windows. Ours are approximately 11” wide x 16” height. Cut out with a box cutter or heavy-duty scissors.

Trim Out Windows

Cover the raw edges of the windows with black duct tape. For additional decoration, use the duct tape to make lines going from one side of the bus to the other.

Create Stop Sign

Cut an octagon from the red cardstock. Leave one edge about 2” longer than the others.

Spell It Out

Use a regular pair of scissors to cut the letters for the stop sign from white paper. Glue them onto the front of the stop sign.

Attach Stop Sign to Bus

Place the stop sign face down on the front of your bus. Use a piece of duct tape to attach the longer octagon edge directly onto the bus.

Stop Sign Ready

Fold back the stop sign. Repeat if doing a second sign on the other side of the bus.

Attach Stop Sign

Use duct tape to attach the cardboard to the sides of the wagon.

Round and Round, All Through the Town

And you are finished. Let your kids climb in and have fun!

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