During lockdown, Liam Andrew has been missing his twins Florence and Jude.

The 18-month old twins live with their mum and have been isolating so he has only been able to see them on FaceTime to keep them safe.

To surprise them and to keep himself busy, Liam decided to create something special.

Liam, from Clacton-On-Sea, Essex, explained: ‘Not being able to see them because of the lockdown has been one of the hardest things I’ve EVER had to do. And although I still see them over facetime, it just isn’t the same. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love my babies more than anything.

‘They’re getting to the age now where they just want to be riding on things and in things etc. And myself and their mummy had talked about getting them a Cosy Coupe each.


‘Me being me though, I couldn’t just go and buy some. I wanted to make them special and give them something that no-one else has and reminds them that daddy is here even when he’s not.’

Liam picked up two second-hand Little Tikes Cozy Coupe cars, which have been popular for kids for years as they can sit in them and use their feet to make them move.


The twins are obsessed with Toy Story at the minute so Liam decided to use that as a theme.

He found two cars on Facebook Marketplace and bought some Plastikote spray paints and a glass spray lacquer from B&M as well as some red, yellow and black acrylic paints from The Range. He needed one can of each colour.


In total, it cost him £45 for both cars, including buying them second hand, meaning it was just over £20 each. A brand new car costs around £50.

He hand painted cow print and the decorations on the shirts of the characters Woody and Jessie.


He explains: ‘I decided to have a go at painting these cars to transform them into something I knew they’d love.

‘A lot of concentration, effort and some minor heart-break later (when Woody’s shirt pattern came off with masking tape), I feel that I’m finally finished at a point where I can share them with others!’

After painstakingly painting strips on the roof, the masking tape peeled the paint off and he had to strip the whole top back and start again.

But after around 10 days, the project was finished.

Liam shared the post on the DIY On A Budget UK Facebook group and said: ‘I wanted to share this post with everyone I know to remind us all that sometimes it’s not about buying the newest or the most expensive toy and that sometimes, the thought really can mean more.’

He delivered the cars to their house last night and their mum told him that they absolutely love them.

After posting the cars, he received lots of messages from people asking if he could make some for them too so he’s now decided to create more to raffle off to raise money for the NHS.

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