Jack in the Box – How to Make a Jack in the Box Toy

A Jack in the box (Fig. 289) is a simpler toy to make than you might imagine.

The box should measure about 5¾ inches by 5¾ inches by 5 inches.

Hinge the cover to the top with two pieces of heavy cloth; glue one piece to the inside of the cover and box, and the other to the outside.

Jack in the Box
Drive a small tack into the front edge of the cover, and below it fasten a small hook on to the box; the hook may be bent from a short piece of wire.
A spiral spring from an old bed-spring will do for Jack’s body, but if you cannot get one of these it is a simple matter to make a spring.
Take a piece of No. 12 gauge wire about 10 feet in length and wind it around a rolling-pin or anything that is cylindrical and about 2½ inches in diameter. Fasten this spring with doubled-pointed tacks upon a piece of wood cut to fit the inside of the box (Fig. 290), then procure a small doll’s head, baste a circular piece of cardboard to the top of the spring and to this sew the head.

The skeleton of the jack in the box

Make a cloth fool’s cap to glue on Jack’s head, covering his hair entirely, and also a loose jacket to fit over his spiral body; for these use any bright-colored cotton cloth that will fall into folds easily. Tack the base of the spring to the bottom of the box.

HOME-MADE TOYS FOR GIRLS AND BOYS BOOKS BY A. NEELY HALL LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD CO., BOSTON Published, August, 1915

Read more

HOW DOES NUCLEAR POWER WORK Nuclear energy is the most powerful form of energy in the universe. There are two ways of producing it and both ways release enormous amounts of energ...
What is Air Made of? – composition of air fo... About one-fifth of the air is oxygen. Human beings and other animals would not be able to survive without oxygen.When we breathe, our lungs take ...
What is Electromagnetic Spectrum? Electromagnetic radiation is made from two sorts of energy— electrical and magnetic. As the radiation moves outward from its source, its energy consta...
Electricity for Kids – What Does Voltage Mea... You can make a bulb light up by using two wires to join it to a battery.  The bulb lights up because an electric current is flowing through it.  T...
Close Menu