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Vintage Tree Lot Trailer

My Tree Lot is fun but it was missing something!  I think we can all agree on that!  I did mention in that post I would be looking for a Vintage Trailer for next year.  When I thought about it I wasn't sure I could find the right size.  So... I built one!
Now, I'm what you might call a professional "Glamper".  I own a motor home now but I have had a trailer so I have a pretty good idea what I needed to make one.  I didn't follow a tutorial to make this vintage trailer.  I just knew what I wanted and hoped it would work out.  But...I made a tutorial for you.
I started by cutting out the Eileen Hull Square Box with chipboard.

I figured out the top of my trailer and "rounded" the edges, 2 in the middle and 2 on the end.  I measured down 1/4".  This section has to be trimmed off so the roof can curve.

Measure the other box piece 1/4" from the "scored" lines leaving one end alone.  That's the bottom where you'll attach to make the box.  Cutting the "roof" piece and sides will allow for the curve.  I know, It's a mystery, but think of how the curve will look.

Now that the trailer is cut label the inside to help keep, door, front back.

I used my movers and shapers to create the windows.

Once the windows are cut use plastic packaging to make the "glass".  Once the pieces are cut I crackled it to make it look frosty.  Trust me, I've camped in -25C and the windows become ice!

I used gesso to get the base white.

I then cut strips of grungepaper and inked bundled sage distress paint.  This will be the base layer of the trailer for a two tone look.  I also did the door.  The bumper and door handle I used brushed pewter.

Once the gesso is dry I added Crackle Texture Paint.  I used the tool to add more texture.

I sprinkled some clear rock candy distress glitter onto the texture paste.  Then sealed with hair spray.

I inked the colored pieces with brushed corduroy then attached.

It's a bit messy but you won't see that.  Start attaching your sides.

To create the hitch I cut bamboo pieces and attached to a little wooden block.

I inked grungepaper with brushed pewter and attached the roof top.  Using the grunge paper allows it to curve.  And this is why you trim those curves and trim the box to allow that curve.

Now you can decorate!  I attacked the bumper and wrapped it around the sides a little.  Then I added this Christmas Word Band like a plate.

I inked poppyseed onto the pearls for "brake" lights.  Attach when dry!  Decorate how ever you want!

Mt finished Vintage Trailer

I cut a mini wreath and bow for the front of the trailer.

I used the last of my red tinsel to make a garland swag then I attached some mini green jingles.

I created a sign for the top of the trailer.  I tied it in with the Tree Lot so they match.

I trimmed the door with more red tinsel.

Here you can see the window is all icy!  I attached a couple of metal gears as wheels.

The Hitch is perfect!

I inked edges with a little brushed corduroy ink.

At the rear you can check out those break lights.

Lights on!
I love these micro mini lights...they are so retro!

Together they are complete!

I'm so happy I was able to think through how to make a Vintage Trailer using the EH Square Box Die.  This die allowed me to make the perfect size trailer.

Well, I hope you agree this trailer needed to happen... this year!  I totally adore it.  I really like to look at my dies and use them in different ways.  This box die is more than a box.  It's a trailer today! 
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  1. Oh good grief, I need to spend a day in your head so I can learn how that crafty brain of yours works! THIS IS BRILLIANT! I am just blown away Nicole, what a spectacular piece! I love miniature and this is so well put together and just an amazing creation! I bow to the master! holiday hugs :)

    1. Hehe... not sure you want to be lost in my creative head. It can get a little busy. Thank you for your lovely thoughts <3

  2. I didn't think the lot was missing anything, but after seeing this, I LOVE the new addition! Where do you find all the time! Great work! Thanks so much for playing along with us on the Woodlands and Tinsel Twine challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

    1. Anita... I have been stealing time from Christmas Baking to make this. Trust me, my family is moaning. But... the trailer had to be made :) Thanks for thinking it was good on it's own.

  3. Brilliant idea and fantastic use of the die, I love it. Perfect trailer. Love all the little details too. Tracy x

  4. this is fabulous!! It is perfect with the tree lot. Thanks for sharing it with us at Inspiration Journal and the Art with Heart Challenge. =)

  5. I think I am lost for words! This is a fantastic addition to the tree lot Nicole! Thanks so much for joining in at Inspiration Journal and Art with Heart with your beautiful trailer. Anne xx

  6. And thank you too for joining in our 'Let's Celebrate' Challenge at A Vintage Journey too! Anne xx

  7. Wow, what an amazing project! Love all the details. Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  8. Goodness! This is perfect! I love your addition to the tree lot. I don't know how you keep doing this, but your creations are fabulous!

  9. Totally adorable and a perfect accompaniment to you tree lot. I just wonder what you are thinking of next ! Thanks for joining us again at AVJ and good luck.
    Julie x

  10. wonderful project! the details are amazing!

  11. How very creative and totally adorable your project is! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  12. Hey Nicole...your added trailer is absolutely darling and I while I agree with Anita that your tree lot didn't need anything to be adorable, I have to admit that the trailer IS a great addition! :) Love the tinsel twine embellishment and the lighted Christmas bulbs! Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C. Merry Christmas to you and your family! <3 Candy

  13. This is literally the cutest thing ever! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  14. Holy smokes! This is most fabulous!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!! - Ashli :)

  15. Your trailer is adorable.
    Love that you used what you had to make it, so creative :)

  16. It worked out great! Amazingly creative ^.^ Wonderful addition to your tree lot. Thank you for sharing the tutorial and joining us at Art with Heart December challenge!

  17. Nicole! What a wonderful first Christmas gift I got to open this morning! Your blog! And along with that this fantastic holiday trailer! My hats off to you, again! Love all those fun little details! And I can see those creative gears just turning in your head! Now get back to baking, and I've got to stuff those stockings! Christmas hugs!

  18. Oh, I love this! So whimsical and festive and it comes with its very own tree lot! Such clever design and great details. I, too, love the lights! How fun! Thanks for sharing this with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  19. This is so perfectly whimsical and fun! I love it😊 thanks for joining us at CHACB!

  20. What an amazing addition to your Tree Lot! Great design and fabulous textures and embellishments. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Lets Celebrate challenge! Jennie x

  21. Cute little camper, so fun and so very creative using the ATBs, Love....Thanks for joining us at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

  22. How do you even think of this stuff?! This is the most adorable thing I have ever seen. It is so cute and just genius! You are such a creative artist! I am in awe! Thanks for sharing your work at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  23. WOW!!!!! I'd LOVE to go Glamping in this one - so super fun - and thanks for sharing all those pics and tips for how to do it! Thanks also for playing with us at the Inspiration Journal.


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