camper craft made from a tin as unique packaging for a travel voucher

24. June 2023 - Anika Semmer

Camper Craft - How to Build It as a Toy or Amazing Packaging | Tutorial




Upcycling toy or creative packaging for a voucher, a gift of money or a surprise. You can easily make a camper out of an empty Pringels tin that looks super cute and drives. Find out how to build this camper craft  and what you need here.

You can make a super cute camper craft out of a crisps tin or a tin can with buttons, paint and a few utensils that everyone actually has in the house. Whether as a toy for a toddler, original gift packaging for money, as decoration or to pimp a travel voucher – if you use an empty crisps tin with a plastic lid like I did, you can fill the camper with anything and it has many uses! You can find everything you need for crafting on the material list.

Who else but me immediately thinks of a camper with suitcases and a surfboard on the roof rack when they think of a road trip? Another important birthday is coming up and the gift has already been decided – it will be a travel voucher. In order to present the small, inconspicuous gift in a nice way, I finally decided to implement a DIY project I had been planning for a long time: a camper craft that can be used as a toy, that drives and that won’t be destroyed by a toddler the first time he plays with it. While googling, I found lots of suggestions made of paper and decorative DIY kits made of wood – but nothing sturdy that drives and somehow nothing that really excited me. And then my eyes fell on the empty crisps tin from the evening and I had the brilliant idea. I am very happy with the result – I made a roof rack for the roof on which I put the actual gift – the travel voucher in a glass bottle as a message in a bottle. The printout with the details of the booked trip is then placed in the belly of the camper, which visually looks about as good as a till receipt.

Looking for more creative ideas? On Abenteuer Freundschaft I have already written many tutorials for my crafting ideas for different occasions. From creative branded travel voucher, lots of crafty gifts and even more craft ideas for and with kids.

Material List for the Camper Craft*

Material List for the Travel Voucher

How to Make a Camper Craft Out of a Can

"You can reuse an empty chrisp tin for this camper craft"

Also looks super nice as a decoration and is a beautiful toy

You have almost everything you need to make this camper craft at home. If not, you can find it in any craft shop or on amazon*. I bought a few extras to make my gift really look like a road trip and I made a roof rack so that the child can easily load the camper for playing.

Upcycling – giving a new life to disposable objects like the crisps tin – is just great. On our blog you can find many upcycling projects of mine – some of them also with empty chip tins, for example as a pretty round gift box, DIY cotton pad dispenser.

1. Cut a Chrisp Tin Into Shape as a Car Body and Paint

"With a little paint and paper, you can make the body of the camper out of the can"

Use paint, clay paper, buttons and rhinestones to make a camper body out of the can

Mark a line on the empty chip tin from the bottom to 12 cm all around and cut the upper part of the tin as straight and level as possible with a bread knife. Correct with the scissors if necessary. If you want to use the camper as a can for opening and closing, then go around the cut edge on the outside with the hot glue gun so that there is a bead of glue all around and the lid closes well on the end of the can. Alternatively, you can glue the lid on.

Now draw a curved V with a pencil on the bottom of the tin at a height of 3 cm on the right and left and draw it on the front up to the mark. Use the triangle to draw a straight line on the sides of the can and on the lid at a height of 3 cm. Now paint the lower part of the camper body and the upper part in white twice with red or light blue acrylic paint so that the paint covers nicely and wait until the paint has dried.

You can buy small Pringels tins in some large supermarkets or online. However, these are a bit too short for the camper and I advise you to rather use a large crisps tin and cut it to size.

2. Tinkering the Tyres and Chassis of the Camper Craft

"Camper craft for a vehicle that actually can drive"

For the camper to drive, the wooden wheel suspension must not stick to the straw

Paint the rubber tyres as a black ring all around the front and back of the large buttons and let the paint dry.

Now cut 6.5 cm long pieces from the blunt end of two wooden shish kebabs and two 5.5 cm long straight pieces from two drinking straws.

Place the 4cm buttons face down on a flat surface and glue the cut shish kebab vertically in the middle. Lean the hoop against the camper, put the drinking straw over the shish kebab and stick the last two hoops horizontally onto the shish kebab and let the second hoop also touch the camper (this makes it easier to align the hoops as straight and horizontal as possible). Make sure that the drinking straw does not get stuck and has free play!

Now glue the undercarriage to the drinking straw at the bottom of the body about 2.5-3cm from the rear and in the middle at the front.

3. Finish the Camper Craft and Fit Windows, Lights and Luggage Racks

"A roof rack goes on the roof of the camper"

The roof rack consists of 7 wooden bars

Cut out the windows and the front and rear windows from light blue or black cardboard and stick them on.

Now glue the jewellery stones in the middle of the small buttons and mount them with the hot glue gun as front and rear lights on the camper.

If you want to make a luggage rack for transporting Playmobil figures, suitcases, dolls or a voucher like I did, you will need 6 small wooden sticks. Lay out three of them vertically on a craft mat, e.g. with the help of the lines, and glue 4 more wooden sticks vertically on the narrow edge all around to prevent them from falling off. I also painted the luggage rack with white acrylic paint.

4. How to Make a Message in a Bottle With a Travel Voucher

For the travel voucher, I filled a glass bottle with white sand and twisted a tag (in my case a steering wheel) into the top of the cork on a round screw hook.

I wrote my voucher text on two small pieces of kraft paper, rolled them up, tied them with a piece of jute string and filled them into the bottle. The result is a super decorative message in a bottle that the birthday boy or girl can use as a decoration afterwards :-).

Have fun with the campercraft – with or without a travel voucher! 🙂

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