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DIY Mountain Train Storage

Made from cardboard—no nails required!

You’ll be amazed at how you can turn a few pieces of cardboard into a sturdy structure for storing engines!


• Cardboard pieces

• Green duct tape

• Utility knife

• Scissors

• Hot glue gun

• Green poster board

• White paper

• Pencil 

• Ruler 

• Washi tape


1. Cut six pieces of 5x12” pieces of cardboard.

2. Cut three support pieces: 5x4,” 5x8,” and 5x12”

3. Score cardboard every 4” along the 12” pieces of cardboard.

4. Attach tape to long side of 5x12” pieces. Trim off edges.

5. Fold into a triangle and attach a piece of tape to the top edge. Trim off tape edges.

6. Repeat to make 6 triangles.

7. Attach a strip of tape to one long side of each of the support pieces.

8. Hot glue three triangles to 5x12” piece. Hot glue two triangles to the 5x8” piece. Hot glue one triangle to the 4x5” piece.

9. Hot glue into the full triangle shape.

10. Cover sides of mountain in green tape.

11. Trace full triangle onto green poster board; cut out.

12. Trace bottom triangle of the mountain onto the green paper.

13. Remove the cardboard mountain and cut out tunnel in bottom center

14. Use tape to create tunnel edging.

15. Trace the top of the triangle onto white paper. Cut out and cut a ruffled bottom edge. Glue white mountain peak to the green paper triangle. 

16. Hot glue green triangle to the back and glue white pieces of paper on the sides to match up with the bottom of the snow.

Amanda Kingloff is the author of Project Kid and Project Kid: Crafts That Go! She posts fresh craft ideas weekly at Project Kid and regularly contributes to national magazines. 

Crafts with small parts are not for use by children under three.