Upcycled Vintage Red Truck with Christmas Trees

Upcycled Vintage Red Truck with Christmas Trees

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 holiday decor. When I finally found the right vintage truck, I, of course, had to turn it into the classic red truck with Christmas trees for perfectly rustic Christmas decor.

Fixing up a vintage toy truck into classic red truck with Christmas trees rustic Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cute little broken-down truck.

The problem? The vintage toy truck was affordable because he was incomplete and/or broken. That was ok, though, because I had a crafty plan. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience. 

Fixing Up a Vintage Red Truck with Christmas Trees

I immediately imagined an old-timey pickup truck with wood side rails- know what I’m talking about? I simply thought adding that element would really perfect the red truck with Christmas trees look that I was going for.

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 in my favorite “weathered” color.

Making wood side rails for vintage red truck with Christmas trees for DIY rustic Christmas decorating by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect! These’ll do nicely.

I used my special craft scissors to cut the round ends off the sticks, and glued together two side rails- mirror images of each other.

Using popsicle sticks to build wood side rails for vintage toy truck to upcycle it into DIY red truck with Christmas trees for rustic Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Crafty carpentry!

And then I just closed up the back with two more tongue-depressor sized popsicle sticks. The perfect bed crate for my truck!

Using popsicle sticks to build wood side rails for vintage toy truck to upcycle it into DIY red truck with Christmas trees for rustic Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looking good, looking good…

It sits perfectly in the truck and the best part is that the truck isn’t altered at all! I was well on my way towards upcycling it into a darling little red truck with Christmas trees.

Fixing up a vintage toy truck into DIY red truck with Christmas trees rustic Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How cute is that?

I also have an abundance of bottle brush trees, varying in size, color, and age. I stuffed a few in the my popsicle stick crate and now look at my red truck with Christmas trees!

Fixing up a vintage toy truck into DIY red truck with Christmas trees rustic Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Dying from the cuteness!

One more quick step for my DIY red truck with Christmas trees rustic decor- a little sign (made using darling alphabet stamps) with a play off my blog’s name.

Making a hand-stamped sign for upcycled vintage red truck with Christmas trees rustic holiday decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Seasongoods Greetings to one and all!

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!

Upcycling a vintage toy truck into DIY red truck with Christmas trees for rustic Christmas decorating by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The most darling vintage red truck with Christmas trees EVER!

If there’s a cuter vintage red truck with Christmas trees out there, I’d love to see it. I’m just completely smitten with mine- would it be weird to leave it out year-round?

Creating rustic Christmas decor with a red truck with Christmas trees from an upcycled vintage toy truck by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Rustic Christmas decor perfection…

And since my vintage aqua truck didn’t want to be left out of the holiday fun, he decided to head into the peppermint forest and haul some lumber- teehee.

Vintage aqua toy truck hauling peppermint sticks for fun, festive lumberjack DIY Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How cute is he?

And for fall? My vintage toy truck filled with candy pumpkins!

How to create adorable fall decor with a repurposed vintage toy truck filled with candy pumpkins by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Craft on, Seasongoods Greetings, and please check out my full collection of repurposed and upcycle Christmas project ideas for even more inspiration!

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Comments

  1. Absolutely adorable! I love it. I never even wanted a toy truck till now!

  2. Brilliant!!! I love, love, love it! You did a bang-up job – congrats!

  3. Wow That is great. I still have my eyes open for a truck, even though I bought a new truck at Hobby Lobby to use this year.

  4. I love what you did with that truck!

  5. That really is adorable! I liked it before…and then you made it even better! Happy holidays!

  6. This sooo cute…I love how you modified the antique toy struck, without permanently changing it…simply amazing…Pinning now….Thank you so much for joining us at Party in Your PJs.

  7. I love vintage trucks!! This is so cute.

  8. What a lovely idea!!

    Have a great day!
    Steffi

  9. I saw this over on the From Dream to Reality link party. It is so cute, probably better than the truck originally looked! You did such a great job, I am sure it looks wonderful in your home for Christmas!

  10. This turned out so cute! I love Christmas decor with vintage toys. Thanks for sharing.

  11. This is so cute!!! I love your little sign on it too. 🙂

  12. I love, love, love this! I totally agree about how hard it is to find the affordable trucks now, but this one was an incredible find. When looking at it, I never would have guessed that you added the wood section onto the back. Totally incredible decoration!

  13. Thank you so much, Jamie- I have to admit, I’m over the moon with how he turned out…and on the first try, no less!! He’s my new favorite Christmas decor piece. 🙂

  14. Okay, I absolutely LOVE this! I want to make one! I’m totally keeping my eyes open for a truck like that! 🙂

  15. Sandy Ross says:

    Oh so cute! I have been having no luck finding an affordable truck to do something like this. I am thinking of buying a new vintage looking diecast truck to use in decorating.

  16. All right, this is absolutely adorable. I don’t blame you for being in love with it – it turned out great!

  17. Just the cutest Christmas decoration, you did a great job of bringing it to life! Now my hunt for a vintage truck begins. 🙂

  18. etcetorize says:

    So cute! The trees in the back really takes it to the next level. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday pasry 🙂

  19. This is so cute! I love how you re-purposed it into a Christmas decoration. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

  20. I am in love with your truck!! Now I am going to be on a hunt all year for me a cutie like this. Great job!

  21. Cutest toy truck in blogland

  22. So clever and it turned out quite beautiful! Love it!
    We are so glad you shared with us at #homematters. We are Pinning all posts now! Please be sure to come back this Friday for our new party look!

  23. THIS IS AWESOME! I love it! PINNED! Thank you so much for linking up with Found & Foraged! The girls and I really hope to see you again this Saturday 8PM CT (ya, we’re back to normal now). See ya in a few days!

  24. I absolutely love this… the trees the bed crate… so great. Thank you for linking up to On Display Thursday.

  25. It is absolutely adorable! I love how you put the wood boards up on the back of the truck. Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party!
    Blessings,
    Nici

  26. Love, love your little Christmas tree delivery truck! I too have been on the “hunt” for the perfect old pickup truck. They are very rare nowadays.
    Happy Holidays!

  27. distresseddonna says:

    I always say old trucks never die, they come back to carry bottle brush trees. Thanks for sharing your truck with Make It Monday.

  28. Congratulations, Sarah! Your Vintage Christmas Tree Delivery Truck post was chosen as a Featured Post over at the Home Matters Linky Party #17! Thanks for sharing your amazing project. #HomeMatters

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

  29. Sarah, your truck is soo cute, and such a clever way to make it your own truck with trees. Also, congrats on the feature on Vintage Charm with your plaid wreath – where I found you. I loved that too. I subscribed so I won’t miss future posts – love your style.
    Rita C at Panoply

  30. Adorable !
    You sure fixed it up to look just perfect , love how it looks.

    I also didn’t want to spend big bucks on a toy truck
    I have the Target truck and happy with it as I did a post on my red truck also.

    You are very smart to make the little side rails, just adorable
    It made me smile to see it

  31. Your old truck wins the prize for vintage cuteness!!

  32. I love your truck!

  33. Fantastic:-) It’s just beautiful:-)

  34. Sarah, this is soo cute! I love it and it’s so clever that you added the part with the trees! I’ve only started seeing these kind of trucks this season and I must say I’m gonna look out for one as well….

  35. What a neat idea! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  36. This is so cute! I love all the vintage trucks with the Christmas trees that I keep seeing. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again in the new year!

  37. Super Cute!! My husband would love this!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! See you again tomorrow! Pinned!

  38. Love you reconstructed vintage truck. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  39. Absolutely vintage, my husband would love it too!!
    Thanks for sharing with us at #TwoUsesTuesday, shared at StumbleUpon
    Hugs,

    Pili

  40. Stumbled upon your blog, and to this vintage truck. LOVE!

    I was lucky enough to find a truck via a local buy/sell/trade site about a year ago. I paid $10, but I’ve wanted one forever. I’ve been wanting to make rails for the back, but hadn’t gotten down to business on how to do it. Thanks for the great idea. 🙂

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

  41. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; you are one clever chickie!!!

  42. Your version of the Vintage Christmas Truck is my absolute favorite, hands down. How adorable is THIS, right down to the cute namesake sign!

  43. Terrific restoration and great vision to see that it was possible! Love your other truck too – with its peppermint forest load 🙂

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