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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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