Craft Project – Scrap Sweeper

Follow these instructions (and the video) to make a simple machine that picks up scraps on the table as it rolls! 

Instructions (see video for details/example)

What You Will Need

  • small box with a window (we used a plastic cutlery box)
  • two plastic bottle caps
  • cotton swap or wood dowel
  • glue
  • paints and brushes
  • scissors
  • marker

Step #1 

Cut off top tabs.

Step #2 

Mark cut lines as shown.

Step #3 

Cut out the mouth of the sweeper.

Step #4 

If a cotton swab is not wide enough, try cutting a wood dowel to fit.

Step #5

Make holes in side tabs to hold swab or dowel.

Step #6 

Glue a cap to one end of the swab or dowel using your preferred adhesive (we used hot glue).

Step #7 

Attach wheel assembly to sweeper and glue the other cap on.

Step #8

Glue together two equally-sized rectangles of paper with the dowel or swab sandwiched in the center.

Step #9

Trim edges and cut tabs along both.

Step #10

Glue two more rectangles to the sweep and cut more tabs.

Step #11

You can decorate your sweeper with paint to give it a unique look.

Step #12

Be tidy in style!

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