DIY Cozy Coupe Gas Can

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What’s the famous saying?  “Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do or do without?”

Okay, okay…before we get into this, I realize there are many things on Pinterest that are just outright ridiculous–especially in the DIY category.  Don’t look at this and think, “Now I have to start saving my empty laundry detergent bottles?!”  It just so happens that I save containers every now and then in case I want to use them for something.  And this happens to be one of those somethings.  Because to be honest with you, what I really wanted was this:

cozy coupe gas pump

But since it’s not in the budget, I settled for the $1 version.  This (The label is taped on until I can find my hot glue gun):

cozy coupe

My toddler is getting more and more into imaginative play, and she LOVES her cozy coupe, so I thought I would make her a little accessory to go along with it.  If it took more than about 15-20 minutes to make I would probably say it’s not worth it, but it really didn’t take long.  And if you just hand-write the word “gas” you could have this sucker done in about 5 minutes.


1 Empty Wisk Bottle

DIY cozy coupe gas can

1 Piece of Paper (I laminated mine after I was done, but you could use packaging tape if you don’t have a laminator)


1 Funnel (Someone enlighten me as to what this is called?  I got it in the automotive section of the Dollar Tree).

Wash out your wisk bottle, and then pop out the plastic spout.  Unscrew the funnel portion and insert it into the plastic spout.  I attatched mine with a twist tie so that the funnel can be pulled out and in and remain attached.  Did that make sense?

photo 3

Pop your spout back in, And then cover the Wisk Label with your new one!  Don’t have a Wisk bottle?  No worries, this post was just to get your mind spinning on some recycling possibilities.  You don’t have to use a laundry detergent bottle, and you don’t need to make a gas can.  I’d love to see some of your own creative projects!

Oh yeah, and if you’re out for a drive, steer clear of this little gal:

cozy coupe

cozy coupe gas pump photo:

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  1. says

    Love this. Last weekend my 4 yo daughter saw a gas station pump in a catalog and decided she could make one out of a cardboard box. It turned out pretty good for a 4 yo. But it is large this maybe a good replacement. Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    What a fun, creative and frugal idea! Love that you used something you had + super cheap supplies. I have 7 kids and NEVER thought of anything like this–I love the way your mind works. thanks for sharing such a simple and ingenious idea. Hugs.

  3. says

    What a creative idea! I just wanted to let you know that I am linking to this post at Simply Creative Kids on May 12th if you don’t mind.

  4. Kim Anderson @ Thrifty Little Mom says

    Can I be honest? This is the most adorable, most brilliant thing! My husbands parents have a cozy coupe they keep at the family cabin and I’m always trying to come up with some kind of gas can idea for him to play with while we are there. I’m am totally making one of these now! OH MY WORD! So glad you posted and shared on Pinterest.

  5. Shelly says

    Although I find this to be adorable, I feel the need to share a personal experience/family tragedy. Many, many years back, my brother (2-1/2 yo) took a similar homemade toy and actually placed gasoline in it. A tremendous heartache my father still lives with to this day as he had left a gasoline can out. When my brother went to “fill up” his toy fire engine, the gas fumes were ignited by a nearby gas water heater. A simple word of caution: please, please be aware of this and supervise it’s use. I never want any other family to go through what we have.

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