Boy, it’s hard to find an affordable antique toy truck nowadays- maybe it’s always been difficult, but it’s especially impossible now that everyone loves incorporating them into their vintage Christmas décor. They look deliciously cute hauling a bottlebrush tree, evoking memories of driving into the woods, cutting a tree down, and bringing it home.
So I’ve been on the lookout all year long for the perfect truck- and I simply refused to spend $100 on one, but that’s the norm. I finally found the perfect one on Etsy- it was affordable because it was broken! But as soon as I saw it, I knew that the missing parts (i.e., dump truck mechanism) opened the door to a new project for me.
I immediately imagined an old-timey pickup truck with wood side rails- know what I’m talking about? I decided to build my own version of it using popsicle sticks (large and small) and my hot glue gun. And to “antiqueify” the popsicle sticks, I gave them a quick stain.
I used heavy-duty scissors to cut the round ends off the sticks, and glued together two side rails- mirror images of each other.
And then I just closed up the back with two more tongue-depressor sized popsicle sticks. The perfect bed crate for my truck!
It sits perfectly in the truck and the best part is that the truck isn’t altered at all!
I also have an abundance of bottlebrush trees, varying in size, color, and age. I stuffed a few in the my popsicle stick crate- get a load of this vintage-y cuteness.
One more quick step- a little sign with a play off my name.
And there you have it- I can’t even tell you how much I love how this turned out. And oh yeah, I’ll be looking for more “broken” toy trucks in the future!
Craft on…and Seasongoods Greetings!