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     My new son in law will be traveling a great distance and spending his first Christmas with us.  To celebrate, I thought I would make one of his packages a little different.  A scrolling message tag will say, "Merry Christmas, Forrest."  A solar powered mini car will race around in circles on top of the package (it is powered by a light above the package).  If you get too close to the package to examine things, a voice will say, "Step away from the package!"

Step 1: Drill Hole in Solar Mini Car

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 You will need a solar powered mini-car (thinkgeek.com).  Carefully drill a 1/16 inch hole in the side.

Step 2: Cut thin plywood to match top of your package.

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 I cut a 12 inch by 12 inch piece of  1/4 inch plywood to match the top of the package I'm wrapping.

Step 3: Cut standoffs for the base.

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 I cut four 1 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch blocks of wood.  I cut them 1/12 inches long (cubes).

Step 4: Cut pvc pipe for sound amplification

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 Cut a 3 inch long piece of PVC pipe (1 7/8 inch outside diameter).  This will be used to hold the motion sensor and the speaker (makes the sound much louder).

Step 5: Find spot for PVC placement

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 Select a place to mount the PVC tube.  It must leave room for the mini-car to operate.

Step 6: Drill hole for pipe.

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 Drill a 1 7/8 inch diameter hole for the PVC pipe.  

Step 7: Drill hole in the pipe for motion detector

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 Drill a 7/8 inch hole in the PVC pipe (near an end) for the motion sensor.

Step 8: Glue standoff blocks to plywood

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 Glue the blocks in the corners of the plywood.

Step 9: Add battery holder

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 Fasten (with two small wood screws) the battery holder (3 AAA unit) to one of the corners.

Step 10: Mount on/off switch

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 Drill a hole and mount the on/off toggle switch.

Step 11: Drill hole behind PVC tube hole

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 Drill a 1/4 inch hole behind the PVC tube hole.  This will be used to run wires, so make sure it is on the side that will be least obvious when the package is displayed.

Step 12: Drill hole for paper clip

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 Drill a 1/16 inch hole for a paperclip.  The paperclip will go through the wood base and the upright portion of the clip will become the "pole" in the center of the circle around which the mini-car operates.
 
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PaulCote2 years ago
That is fantastic! Now just have to make gifts that unwrap themselves D:
macmaniac4 years ago
Very nice, good 'ible. How old is your son-in-law?
Kiteman4 years ago
I hope the contents are worth the package!
zjharva Kiteman4 years ago
 twss
zjharva zjharva4 years ago
 and IM BAAAAAACK EVERYONE!
 Well billy sure did enjoy his paperclip. Mr. mrigsby's office supplies presents are always the best. 
zjharva4 years ago
 you sir are one determined man! nice work
jimbom4 years ago
Amazing! You have added so much information and detail. An excellent instructable on a really cute, creative project.
kellychap4 years ago
This is pretty incredible, way beyond my electrical skills but I would love to see it in person!  Well done!
Brilliantly build!, It looks like you have taken care with this. 'Good idea'
and-reas4 years ago
Dont you want to open it up? No that's to darn mistreating the package!

I love it
lemonie4 years ago
I really like this, and it's very well presented. It's good for someone to receive a quality-make as a gift. I'd guess that bright-light and a faster shutter-speed mught show the scrolling-message better, but video-cam's can be a bit tricky sometimes.

L