Whew! Did you guys have a great Christmas? I had all the expected chaos and cuteness when you have littles, and my house has almost recovered. So I’m tackling a few projects to help it stay that way, and the first thing on my list was some Hot Wheels storage solutions that didn’t break the bank. I mean, Hot Wheels cars (and Matchbox cars, whichever you’re into) are awesome for kids because cars are classic toys, and they are a nice price point. But then buying a storage carrier suddenly doubles the price – or more! So, in true DIY form, I made my own, and personalized it for my son. This case holds at least 48 cars (up to 96, actually, because you can fit two into a divider) or a few larger sized cars, too. And, it cost me $8 and 10 minutes of my time. This will cover his Hot Wheels storage for quite a while!
I can’t take ALL the credit here, I followed the advice I saw in an Amazon review to try this case for Hot Wheels storage. But I am also going to show you how easy it is to make it personal, so you can give this as a gift to the car-loving kid in your life.
I’ll leave affiliate links below so that you can find the exact supplies I used in creating mine!
- 14 x 10 x 3 Creative Options Thread Organizer
- Two 6 x 12 sheets Permanent Angel Crafts Vinyl (you can get away with one if you don’t need duplicate letters)
- Sizzix Big Shot with Extended Platform
- Sizzix Extended Cutting Pads
- Sizzix Bigz XL Block Talk die
First, die-cut your letters. Because I didn’t want to invest too much time in the project, I used my Sizzix Big Shot and the Block Talk XL Alphabet die. I love my manual Big Shot – I placed the vinyl sheet face down on the die, created my Sizzix “sandwich” by placing extended cutting pads on top of and underneath the die and vinyl, and rolled it through. In seconds, I had two alphabet sets (which I needed because I have repeating letters). You can also conserve vinyl by cutting it into smaller pieces and only placing it over the letters you need.
Peel the backing from the letters, and place them on the smooth front of the carrier.
I aligned my letters on the right, so I worked from right to left. If you’re left-aligning, then work from left to right. If you’re centering letters, place the center letter first and work outward.
Here’s a quick look at the storage in the container I found. Nice little parking spots for individual cars, and you can even fit two into a divider if necessary. One of the slots is longer, which can accommodate other size cars. Seriously, this little organizer is awesome. I’m so glad I found it!
So that’s a quick way to make a special DIY Hot Wheels Storage container that doesn’t require building, mounting, or even assembling anything. Just die-cut some vinyl with your Sizzix machine to make it special, and don’t step on any more cars! ;)
As a 2015 Sizzix Design team member, I receive certain Sizzix products free of charge in order to share inspiration projects and tutorials. Select dies were provided by Sizzix in order to create this post. My designs and opinions are, of course, all my own.