Free Retro Truck SVG | Make a Vintage Truck Papercraft!

Free Retro Truck SVG | Make a Vintage Truck Papercraft!

Over the past two years I’ve released lots of themed retro truck SVGs for holidays and occasions. However, I’ve never done *just* the truck… until now!

I see trucks in craft projects quite often and I love the retro feel to them.

I’ve had several reader requests for an “empty” truck so that you can add your own decorations into it, so I thought it was about time to give it a go!

See how to stick all the layers together (and the order they go in!) in this tutorial.

Video tutorial for retro truck SVG

Watch the video below to see how to make this craft project. Keep scrolling for a written tutorial.

Layered truck shadow box materials

Here is a list of the materials that I used to make this project.

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Layered retro truck SVG assembly instructions

Here’s how to make your very own papercraft truck using a Cricut machine!

Step 1) Download the free file & unzip the downloaded folder

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Before you upload the SVG to Design Space, you need to unzip the download folder that it comes in.

Step 2) Upload the SVG file into Design Space

Open up Cricut Design Space and upload the file called svg-empty-truck-craftwithsarah.svg

Make sure you upload the file which starts svg- in the filename!!

This is how it should look after you have uploaded the file:

After uploading, the truck design will show in your “Recently Uploaded Images”. Click on it and then press “Add to Canvas” to put it onto your Project.

Click the truck on your canvas and use the width/height boxes near the top of the screen to make it the size that you want to cut it.

I made mine 9 inches wide to fit inside a A4 photo frame. I don’t recommend going much smaller than about 6 inches in width as some of the details are a little bit thin and delicate, so if you make the design much smaller it may be difficult to cut.

When you’re happy how the truck SVG is looking in Design Space, click “Make It” and follow the instructions on-screen to cut out all the layers.

Change the paper size using the dropdowns on the left.

You can click-and-drag shapes around to use up less of your cardstock.

Step 3) Stick the layered truck together

Use 3D foam pads and glue to stick the layers together.

Use this guide to see the order to stick the layers together in. A high quality printable version of this assembly guide is included in the folder when you download this SVG.

My favourite glue to use on papercraft projects is Collall All Purpose Glue.

It’s SO good because it doesn’t “warp” or bend the cardstock like some glues do. You can use as much of it as you want and the card stays perfect – and it dries perfectly clear too!

To make it even easier to apply glue to layered card projects, I highly recommend getting some of these needle tip applicator bottles to put the glue into.

The nozzles are REALLY tiny which makes them perfect for putting glue in the pieces of cardstock that make up this truck.

When adding the foam pads to the relevant layers, make sure you add some in the middle of the pieces of card so it give stability to the middles. If you don’t add any foam pads in the middles then it can “sag” under the weight of the other layers which doesn’t look as good.

Step 4) Frame your layered truck papercraft project

The final step is to frame your truck or put it onto a greetings card.

I haven’t framed mine yet as I can’t decide what I want to use for the background. At the moment it’s just propped up on some shelves in my craft room and it still looks great, even without the frame so it may just stay unframed. šŸ˜„

Vintage truck papercraft

If you like this design, you may want to check out the matching truck designs for other seasons and Holidays:

Love layered SVGs? Check out my other free layered SVG files

Happy crafting,
Sarah x