Build A DIY Race Car With Rubber Bands And Old CDs You Never Tossed

Off to the races.

by Fatherly
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Sure, you haven’t technically listened to a CD in about a decade and it’s becoming increasingly clear they aren’t suddenly going to become valuable anytime soon (unlike your dope Beanie Baby collection), but you’ve still clung to the hope that one day they would prove useful again. Well, potential hoarder, your patience has paid off, as your discarded copy of In Utero, along with a couple other CDs and some household supplies, can be transformed into an awesome DIY race car in just a few minutes. This is really a win-win for you, because not only will your kid now have a sweet set of mini wheels, they’ll also finally have to admit that your CDs do not belong in a museum.


  • Paper towel tube
  • 4 CDs
  • 2 Dowels
  • Extra cardboard
  • Rubberbands
  • Push pins


  • Marker
  • X-acto Knife
  • Ruler
  • Super Glue


  • Use the dowels to punch holes on each end of the paper towel tube. Keep dowels inserted into tube, as they will be your axle rods.
  • Cut out 8 small circles from extra cardboard with the X-acto knife. Use dowels to punch holes in center of 8 circles.
  • Glue cardboard circles on both sides of your CDs. Connect
  • Press 2 push pins in each of the dowels (on opposite sides). Use X-acto knife to create 2 parallel holes in the middle of the tube.
  • Tie 2 rubber bands together. Fit rubber band chain through the holes in the middle of tube.
  • Push rubber down to one end of the tube. Tie remaining rubber band tightly around the push pins.
  • Go, Speed Racer. Go.

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