It’s the season for outdoor adventure! To celebrate, I have an extra cute paper craft that has been in the works for a while now, and I am so excited to share it with you today. Let’s go for a glamping trip in this adorable, 3D camper!
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We were on the freeway this past Independence Day weekend, and boy did we see a lot of campers and RVs! I’m sure that campsites are usually pretty packed this time of year, but I have a feeling that more people than usual were looking to get away this 4th of July.
If I am being completely honest, I’m not much of a camping person; but if I had a camper as cute as this one, I just might change my mind!
- Cardstock & Vellum
- Hot Glue
- Mounting Tape
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the 3D camper pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! The hot pink lines are used to make cuts, but be sure to attach them as well. If you’re not using the SVG file that includes score lines, you can use the PDF version as a reference to know where your folds should go.
2. Start by attaching the embellishment pieces to the front, back, and side sections of the camper. I used hot glue for everything except the door—for that I used mounting tape to give it a little more depth.
I also added some hand drawn lines on my drapes to make them a touch more realistic, and drew on a door handle at this time.
3. Next, attach the awning pieces to the front and front-side pieces, noting that the longer one will end up on the more narrow, strip, not the rounder piece.
At this time, be sure to assemble and glue your front step to the front piece, just below the door.
Also, fold and glue the hitch piece, and attach it through the hole provided, gluing the tabs to the inside.
4. For the next step, attach your front and back sections to your side strips by folding the tabs, and glueing them to the inside edge: one at a time. This takes a little time, but it is important to make sure each tab has a good seal before moving on.
After that, you can assemble your “cinderblock” (to go beneath the hitch, and balance your camper), as well as your flamingo and flower pot. I attached the flamingo and flower pot using mounting tape, but I didn’t attach the cinderblock. You can attach it if you’d like, though!
5. Lastly, assemble your lawn chairs! I’ve included two layers for the legs to help make your chairs a little more sturdy. If you are using really thick cardstock, the extra layer may not be necessary.
I attached the “cushions” with mounting tape to add a little dimension.
Pretty much everything about this project came together how I imagined—except the chairs. Those suckers took four tires to get right! After the third time cutting them out, glueing them together, and realizing that the scale was wrong, I was so fed up: I almost didn’t include them at all. But trial and error is healthy, right?
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other awesome 3D cut file freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy making this whimsical, 3D camper! As always, I LOVE to see pictures of your finished results. Be sure to tag me (@designsmymissm) on Instagram, so I can gush over your paper craft masterpiece!
Watch the video tutorial for this design here:
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