You can make a paper fold-out truck in a few minutes with basic art supplies. Inexpensive paper toys made from cardstock and assembled with a strong adhesive can last for several months or even years. You can use the art provided on a paper toy template or flip the paper and draw your own design on the cutout shape. Work with precision and attention to detail to create a fold-out paper truck you can be proud of.
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Things you need
- Inkjet or laser printer
- Glossy or matt cardstock (45.4kg.)
- Cutting board
- Razor blade or utility knife
- Permanent ink markers (optional)
- Rubber cement
Print a template for a fold-out paper truck on cardstock (see Resources). Set the print setting on the highest possible quality if you plan to use the provided art. Change the settings to lower quality or black and white if you plan to only use the shape.
Place the cardstock on a cutting board with the print side facing up. Follow the edge of a ruler to make straight cuts around the outline of the truck. Use scissors for the curved cuts in the wheels.
Flip the cutout of the paper truck to the blank side if you want to draw your own designs. Reference the printed side for the location of the wheels, windows and other features.
Press the corner of the razor blade into the dashed line to make a tiny perforation in the middle of each short black line. Make crisp straight folds along the perforated lines. Use the edge of the ruler to guide the long straight folds on the sides of the truck.
Apply a thin layer of rubber cement to the trapezoid-shaped tabs on the side of the cardstock that will be facing out. Press the adhesive covered tabs to the inside of the adjacent panel once you have folded the truck. Leave the rubber cement to dry for 15 minutes.
Tips and warnings
- Spray all the outer surfaces of the truck with a clear fixative spray to add a layer of protection from moisture and smudging.
- Paper toys light on fire very easily and burn quickly. Keep them away from open flames and fireplaces.
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