Summer may be winding down, but I am not quite ready to let the season go. So, today we are celebrating the season of sunshine with one more, adorable papercraft! Crank up the instrumental tunes, and make this super cute, 3D ice cream truck.
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I have been wanting to create an ice cream truck for some time now, and I’m so happy that I finally got around to it! Summer is my favorite season, and I’m always looking for ways to revel in this time of year. And, I mean, can it get more summery than this?
Follow along using the instructions below, or check out this tutorial video.
- Vellum (for the windows)
- Hot Glue
- Foam Tape
- Decorative Ribbon (optional)
- 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 ice cream truck 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 them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
2. Start by layering each of the decorative pieces together, and adding any hand-drawn elements that you’d like. Attach the vellum windows to the inside of the truck pieces. Position the white/gold sections, and layer the wheel pieces on top.
Attach your ice cream cone pieces together.
Then, fold and attach the awning and counter pieces. Use the slits provided to insert the tabs for the awning, and glue them to the inside. Attach the counter by gluing the long tab to the bottom edge of the rectangular opening.
Assembling the Truck
3. Take the top/front piece, and attach each tab to the perimeter of one of the side pieces. Glue each tab one at a time, and work your way around.
Then, before attaching the other side, insert the ice cream cones into the roof, and glue the tabs to the inside. Attach the opposite side of the truck.
4. With the front, top, and sides in place, attach your back piece, and the longer bottom piece like so.
Optional: For extra stability, assemble the little cube piece, and glue it to the bottom of the truck. This may be helpful if your wheels aren’t quite sturdy enough on their own.
Then, attach your decorative front pieces, including your front bumper and headlights. Attach the back bumper as well.
5. Finally, add any final embellishments you desire. Some small circle pieces are included to make a little bunting banner. Just fold them each in half, and glue them to a piece of ribbon or string.
I am so pleased with how this one came together! I am always looking for fun ways to add extra special details to my designs, and I think you’ll find that this project is full of them.
This ice cream truck would make a great centerpiece for a party, or a really fun craft to make with the kiddos! No matter how you put it to use, it is sure to be a hit.
Obviously, the ice cream counter is the main feature of this craft, but I really wanted this project to look great from all sides. That’s why I added the little ice cream sign, the giant cones on top, and the fun little bunting.
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 3D freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy making your very own, charming 3D ice cream truck. And don’t forget to share your lovely, finished creation with me on Instagram!
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