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Dad Creates Incredible 'Toy Story' Cars For His Kids For Just £45

Dad Creates Incredible 'Toy Story' Cars For His Kids For Just £45

Stuck at home for weeks on end, it's understandable that kids are starting to get sick of all their toys.

But one DIY loving dad came up with a brilliant idea to keep his little ones entertained, decking out two kiddy cars so that they looked like they had been swiped straight off the set of Toy Story.

Liam Andrew, 29, knew that his twins Jude and Florence, 18 months, were huge fans of the Pixar movie.

So, he set out decorating two Little Tikes Cozy Coupe cars so they were fit for any Disney lover - one themed like Woody and one like Jessie, with cowboy hats on top.

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The rusty cars underwent an incredible transformation (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk)
The rusty cars underwent an incredible transformation (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk)

Picking up the cars on Facebook Marketplace for free, Liam, from Clacton-on-Sea, then spent just £45 on paints and decorative equipment, before setting to work.

Liam used PlastiKote spray paints, acrylic paints and a clear gloss lacquer to make sure the cars were waterproof, and worked evenings, a weekend and on his lunch breaks for ten days until the project was finished.

"I have a bit of a creative flair and wanted to make them something that no-one else has and that was special," he told LatestDeals.co.uk.

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Liam spend 10 days revamping the cars (Credit: Latestdeals.co.uk)
Liam spend 10 days revamping the cars (Credit: Latestdeals.co.uk)

"I had seen the Woody design online but no one has ever made a Jessie coupe before and so I had to use my initiative to make it look relatively like her."

"I spent £25 on five cans of spray paint - so £5 per can - £10 on acrylic paint, one can of spray gloss lacquer at £5 and £5 on the two cowboy hats from eBay!," he said.

"My top tips would be to make sure before you start that the cars are nice and clean and dry.

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The doting dad used spray paints to complete the design (Credit: Latestdeals.co.uk)
The doting dad used spray paints to complete the design (Credit: Latestdeals.co.uk)

"Make sure you don't make the same mistake that I did and use regular masking tape, as when I was preparing Woody's checked shirt, regular masking tape peeled some of the paint off and it was heartbreaking!

"Use frog tape - that's the best tape for the job to mask off certain areas.

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"You're only limited by your imagination so go wild, and once you're happy with how it looks, remember to seal the cars with a top coat - I used PlastiKote gloss lacquer."

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Next came painting the toy cars (Credit: Latestdeals.co.uk)
Next came painting the toy cars (Credit: Latestdeals.co.uk)
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Liam hasn't been able to see his two daughters since lockdown begun, but says the project really helped to distract him when he was missing them both.

"They live with their mum and it helped to take my mind off of missing them for a little bit and instead made me look forward to thinking about their little faces once they saw them for the first time," he said.

"It's not 'just' a lockdown project - in my opinion, there's no reason to send your own coupes or other garden toys off to live in some landfill site when other children can still get a lot of joy out of them. Upcycle!

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"All of the things I bought can be found in B&Q, B&M, The Range, Wilko - all high street names!"

The Woody car was designed for Liam's other daughter (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk)
The Woody car was designed for Liam's other daughter (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk)

If you have a little Toy Story fan you want to spoil, why not set yourself a lockdown project and make one yourself?

If you're not lucky enough to bag one for free like Liam, you can grab a kiddy car from Amazon, here, for a cost of £61.59.

Find Jessie toys (£16.75) and Woody toys (£17.74), on the shopping platform, too, alongside the cutest little cowboy hat (£9.10) to put on top of your car.

Then all you need is some spray paints. Purchase some protective spray (£9.49), an array of acrylic paints (starting at less than a quid!) as well as some multicoloured spray paints, like the ones Liam used.

If you think this won't be your only lockdown DIY project, there's a set of 12 premium spray paints (£52) you can purchase, too.

To infinity and beyond!

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Topics: Home, Style News, DIY, Toy Story

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Joanna Freedman

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