Toy Car Photo Frame

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I had an old frame in my sons room that was in need of an upcycle, so I decided to give it a new look and incorporate some old metal toy cars to match his decor.


Over the years we’ve built quite a collection of matchbox sized cars, most of them we have found at thrift stores. I sorted through them and picked a bunch that he didn’t play with anymore.

I then lined them all up around the frame to make sure I had enough to fit.

Next, I used some rustoleum paint & primer and sprayed painted all the cars.

Spray painting the cars

I left the cars to dry for a few hours and then put some Selleys hold up in a container and painted the glue onto the wheels of the car with a small brush and then stuck them onto the frame.

Glueing in the cars

Once I had glued all the cars down, I left the frame to sit flat for approx 12 hours until the glue had fully dried.

Lastly, once the glue was dried I hung it back onto the wall in my sons bedroom. He thinks it’s pretty cool. 😊

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  • Susie
    on Oct 4, 2020

    I like this - but would not paint the cars, at least for one frame!

  • Flipturn
    on Oct 17, 2020

    Parts of the vehicles or selected vehicles, such as only the airplanes, could be painted with glow-in-the-dark paint. Then the parts that were painted would shine at night, making the frame function as a nightlight of sorts.

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