Paper Dump Truck that can actually dump


Before bed the past few nights, the boys have gotten out all of trucks and have been driving and parking them all over the house.  I thought it would be fun to create a dump truck that could actually be filled.  (My 5 year old loves his duct tape wallet we made a while back).

To Make the Dump Truck:


  • Envelope
  • Cardstock
  • Paint (or other decorative materials)
  • Small photograph of child’s face
  • Glue (I used a hot glue gun)
  • Brad


Cut all of the pieces:

  • To make the “dumper”, I cut the flap off a large envelope.  (I used the kind with a straight edge instead of the “V”.  I traced the envelope onto a piece of cardstock.  I wanted to glue the envelope to the cardstock later to make it thicker and more durable.
  • To make the cab, I laid the envelope next to the cardstock to help with the correct size.  (See picture above).  I know a lot of people probably prefer images that can be downloaded, but I actually find it easier to just free hand most projects.  Kids do not mind if pictures are not perfect!
  • Draw 3 circles for wheels.  I found a paper bathroom cup to be the right size.

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Decorate all of the pieces.  We decided to paint them so all of the pieces were completely covered.  Jake (5) wanted a camo look so dabbed green on top.  We just had to wait until the pieces dried.  It worked out perfectly to paint before naptime.  Jake’s pieces didn’t take too long, but Nathan (2.5) still “glops” the paint so the thicker areas required a longer dry time.  I told them they didn’t need to paint the extra rectangle because I was just going to glue it to the envelope. Nathan decided to paint it anyway!

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Once the pieces were dry, I hot glued the envelope onto the rectangular piece of cardstock.  Then I just used the edge of the scissors to poke a hole through the envelope and edge of the cab.  I didn’t take any pictures, but if you look at the finished truck, it should be easy to understand.  Then I hot glued the wheels to the bottom of the truck.  I could have had the kids just use regular Elmer’s glue, but they were already impatient from waiting for the paint to dry so I decided to just assemble it together to save time.  The highlight of the project was adding their photograph as if they were actually driving the truck.  Both of their eyes just lit up when they saw their picture.


Jake is planning on filling his truck with Legos.  Nathan filled his truck with Christmas bows (We did a scavenger hunt with them the other day).  He was driving his truck around the floor and dumping out the bows.  It was so cute!  When I tried to take a picture, he kept turning around (on purpose).  Little stinker!  If I am able to capture one, I will have to update the post.  I am thinking I should have laminated the pieces to make it a little more durable.  We will see how long the truck lasts.

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