Monday, May 19, 2014

Camper Van Assembly Tutorial

I finally got around to making a tutorial for my Camper Van!

The most important part is finding strong enough paper. I would use a thick card stock or cardboard. I used a thin piece of cardboard and regular paper for the colored pieces, although card stock would be better.  You could go really crazy with patterned or glittery paper!

Here are all the pieces fresh from the machine:

To get the 4 hubcaps, just copy and paste the headlight in your silhouette software 3 times.

Send that to your Silhouette machine and once you get all the pieces in what colors you want, you can start affixing your trim and hubcaps, I like to use my Tombo.

Place the back piece on right below the window.

The front piece should align on top right with the 2 corners of the van.

Now fold it up, and interlock the 2 tabs on the bottom,

and tape the bottom up pretty well for support.

Now bend the back end and interlock the bumper with the tabs

and bend the tab back so it stays. I like to tape this down as well.

Do the same to the front.

Tra-la! Now you can open up the sunroof and get to the fun part!

I like to use cellophane bags to put whatever my filling is inside. Depending on how heavy your filling is, you might want to add an extra piece of thick scrap paper on the bottom and tape it up. It is good to try to find the lightest objects you can, I used gumdrops here.

Fill it up!

Then you can tie up the top of the bag, and Close up the top. I used some cute washi tape to close mine. You can also personalize the van by writing someone's name on the side panel, or wherever! You can add some cute flowers to the sides, or put in some Scooby snacks for your dog lover friends. The possibilities are endless. :)


  1. What a cute design!!! I love the Scooby idea---I think I might make this for my husband's upcoming birthday. I'm trying to do items that were around when we were growing up in the 70's and 80's...I guess it's like a Blast to the Past theme. He turns 50 so I want to have some fun with it.

    Also, do you allow commercial use for small business for your files? I know some designers sell a small business commercial use license on the Silhouette Online Store while other designers sell the license on their own website. My husband and I just started a vinyl sign business a few months ago. Right now we're selling mostly be word of mouth through Facebook. I'm asking about the commercial business because I would love to use a few of your designs on our signs.

    Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial. I know it will be very helpful when I make the van in a few weeks.

  2. Thanks Donna! I would love to see some photos when you're done with your project! As for the commercial license- I guess it depends on which designs you want. Email me at sophiegalloATgmailDOTcom if you're interested!

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