DIY Garden Racetrack For Toy Cars.

No would could ever say we don’t love garden creations. I’ve seen Cassidy and Scarlet whip up fairy gardens, tulip patches, and garden castles – as if it’s nothing. Some people are just born to work and play outside. As much as possible.

This DIY Racetrack for your yard and garden is easy to make, and has a colorful  and fun design that your kids will play with for years.

It’s given us such great joy – these acres of New England garden, lawn and winding driveway. I love that I live with a creative husband, and that we’re raising our kids to breathe in the fresh air often. I love watching my kids imagine, dream, and plan. Every year we do at least something of a fruit/vegetable garden, and we plants trees, flowers and herbs. Cassidy and Scarlet also build up a new fairy garden every spring, after dismantling the previous year’s one and salvaging the items that made it through the long winter. Now that Des is three, I decided I wanted to build him a garden racetrack for his toy cars & trucks.

I had looked on Google for ideas, but had found mostly cardboard projects that wouldn’t survive our rain and snow, as well as complicated racetracks that could take weeks to build. We needed a family project! We needed to work together for this:

DIY Racetrack For Your Yard or Garden:

What You Need:

This DIY Racetrack for your yard and garden is easy to make, and has a colorful  and fun design that your kids will play with for years.

Step 1 – Go to a hardware store and get what you’ll need! We have a lot of garden tools as is, as well as toy cars and decorations (which would not be at a hardware store, probably) but we picked out the bricks of our choosing.

What You Do:

Step 2 – Find level ground in your yard, if possible. This will make the job easier! Rake, if needed.

Step 3 – Arrange the bricks how you will want the racetrack to look.

This DIY Racetrack for your yard and garden is easy to make, and has a colorful  and fun design that your kids will play with for years.

Step 4 – Use a trowel to trace and mark the exact path you want your racetrack to take. Then remove the bricks.

Step 5 – Use that same trowel to dig up the earth where you want the bricks to lie. You could just put them on top of the grass and it would still be a functioning racetrack, but Cassidy did this awesome job instead.

This DIY Racetrack for your yard and garden is easy to make, and has a colorful  and fun design that your kids will play with for years.

Step 6 – Place the bricks in the freshly dug-up earth and build your track!

This DIY Racetrack for your yard and garden is easy to make, and has a colorful  and fun design that your kids will play with for years.

This DIY Racetrack for your yard and garden is easy to make, and has a colorful  and fun design that your kids will play with for years.

Step 7 – Find forest fix-ins. The sky is the limit here. We had decorative tree rounds so Cassidy did the same tracing/carving job with the trowel so that the tree round would be sunken into the earth like the track.

This DIY Racetrack for your yard and garden is easy to make, and has a colorful  and fun design that your kids will play with for years.

Step 8 – The kids also found a “tree” as well as pine cones for mini trees, and rocks.

This DIY Racetrack for your yard and garden is easy to make, and has a colorful  and fun design that your kids will play with for years.

Step 9 – Time to paint the track to look like a road! You can make stencils to use as spray paint templates. You can Google how to do that easily. Also, you can make special stencils for the corner lines of the paint on the track.

This DIY Racetrack for your yard and garden is easy to make, and has a colorful  and fun design that your kids will play with for years.

Step 10 – Decorate with toys! The sky is the limit. Cassidy thought a “finish line” would be cool. The kids brought out cars and trucks, buses and VW bugs, and… plastic Easter eggs. Like I said, let them go nuts.

This DIY Racetrack for your yard and garden is easy to make, and has a colorful  and fun design that your kids will play with for years.

Have you ever made a DIY racetrack in your yard or garden?

We made this cool DIY Pool Noodle Racetrack too!

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57 Comments

  1. OK, this is seriously awesome and truly an ingenious idea for outdoor play. Totally never would have thought to do this, but now so want to make one and yes excited (as I think you know) about spring and warmer weather here, too! 🙂

    1. Thank you! At first I thought I was crazy for tackling this, but the four of us got it all done in only two hours. And it was fun! And the rain didn’t wash the paint away.
      And… I need warmth already.

  2. That is probably the best idea ever. I love it. We have a bunch of those square bricks in our yard and C needs a spot. He is trashing my garden. Thanks Tamara!
    And I used to live on Advil. Loved it. I can’t take it anymore because it interacts with another medication I currently take but it truly is one of the best things I took for my chronic pain. Thumbs up to them.

    1. haha, I love to imagine him trashing up your garden! This is really fun.
      Advil is amazing. I’m sorry you can’t take it anymore!

  3. That’s really cute and creative! I think a lot of people forget how little a child really needs beyond their wonderful imagination.

  4. The day that I decide to get back into blogging now that Madison is doing better with her Pneumonia is the day that I see this awesomeness. Cassidy is so creative, you need to send him our way for a week. I am so in love with this and even Madison as a girl would so love this!

    1. Ohhh, so glad she’s better! I missed a few days of Facebook but just caught up. I’m glad she’s feeling better! Pneumonia can be so scary.
      Cassidy would love to come to Colorado for a week!

    1. I know, right? I didn’t discover it until after I gave birth and then I thought, “I’ve been missing out on something that works!”

  5. That’s really awesome! Our garden is really boring 🙁 It’s just veggies and herbs and a few pinwheels 🙂

  6. This is adorable and what a fun way to promote outside play! I love it 🙂 I actually took an Advil last night myself after an intense interaction with a Bougainvillea bush. My arms…might…never…be…the same!

  7. What a fun idea! I never would have thought to do something like this and it’s seriously genius and something the kids will just love! #client

    1. My kids love it! And the paint withstood the few days of rain. I honestly don’t know where the idea came from but it popped into my head just in time. My daughter has her fairy garden and garden castle, and my son is old enough to want his own special place.

    1. I started Advil right after Scarlet was born. I had never had it before that. And it worked for all the crazy reasons I needed it to work then!

  8. This is such a fun idea! We were already planning on going to the garden center today, and I have just the right spot for something like this. Looks like some bricks might be added to the list!

  9. This is such a fantastic idea! If we did something like this it would take up half of our tiny Somerville yard 😉 (I’m sure Eve would appreciate it — our downstairs neighbor probably less so.) It sounds like you have the most magical, creative yard. I hope I get to see it in person one day!

  10. that is so cute, the kids must love playing with it 🙂

    a cool thing we did in our garden when we lived in MA was planted a big flower garden in an old tree stump that was left and made into a planter if you know what I mean…

  11. This is the cutest thing ever. My older son would have loved something like this in our yard. He would play for hours, driving cars on my bed and making “parking lots”. Such a great idea!

  12. What a great idea – I may try this as well – I bet my girls would love this as well with a little more girly spin on it. I live on Advil with all the screaming in my house its an absolute necessity.

  13. What an awesome idea. Kids and adults can have fun building their own little highway. You can make it as big and any shape you want. Perfect since it will last for a very long time too. My grandson would love this!!

    1. Yes, any shape or size! Any toys you want. My kids were sad that it got buried under a layer of snow (in April!), but then they saw that the paint didn’t wash off!

  14. I absolutely adore this idea! It turned out amazing, and man would my sons love to have this in our backyard! Great idea!! 🙂

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