How to Make a Paper Truck

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Things You'll Need

  • ½-inch increment grid paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Paper
  • 3-inch circle cutter
  • Brass brads
  • Paint

Not wanting to pay high prices for designer toy trucks doesn’t mean your child has to go without them. You can easily help your child make a toy truck from paper. It may not be as sturdy as the metal or plastic versions, but it gives your child a chance to be creative while teaching him a little bit about geometry. Plus, you can recycle paper from other projects, use heavy newsprint or magazine covers. A little measuring and cutting will lead to a very cute, original toy truck.

Draw a four-square by four-square box on your grid paper. Draw three more four-square boxes under that, creating a vertical stack of boxes. Draw two more four-square boxes, one on either side of the second box. Add a row of four squares to the top of the top square and all three sides of the right and left squares. Draw a second set of squares like this, using six-square-by-six-square boxes.

Cut out both sets of boxes and rub a glue stick over the back of each, paying attention to the edges. Smooth the paper over your truck paper and let the glue dry for about three hours. The double-layer of paper makes the truck sturdier.

Fold the glue tabs of each square up at a 90-degree angle. Fold the first, left, right and third squares up around the second square in 90-degree angles, also. Smear glue over your side glue tabs, pressing them to the inside edges of the squares next to them. Fold the fourth square down like a lid, but don’t glue it yet. You should have two cube boxes with loose lids, one slightly larger than the other.

Place the smaller box against the bottom center of the front face of the larger box. Reach through the open top and poke a brass brad through the back wall of the smaller box and the front wall of the larger box. Splay out the brad’s legs to secure the front of your truck to the back. Cut out four 3-inch circles with your circle punch and attach two to either side of the front and back box with more brads. Glue down the boxes’ lids and let the glue dry overnight.

Paint and color your box as desired. If using glossy paper, like magazine paper, spray paint the truck white first so additional ink and paint will stick. You can also use sequins, stickers and pieces of fabric to decorate your truck.