How to make a papercraft caravan

Download our free template and follow the steps below to create your own cute caravan to decorate your craft room or as a quirky gift box for a special occasion!

How to make a papercraft caravan

Put your papercraft skills to the test with this retro caravan gift box! The sunroof can be opened to conceal a little gift inside, or be glued shut to create your own desk ornament! Our designer has crafted the caravan with summery yellow and blue patterned papers, but you could change the colour scheme to match your craft room or your caravan if you own one! This caravan appeared in issue 183 of Cardmaking & Papercraft.

To create this caravan gift box, simply download the template (see below) and follow our handy steps for perfect results. Our designer suggests using wet glue to attach the tabs together, so that you can move them to get them to stick in the desired location and then hold in place until the glue dries.

Download your free papercraft caravan template:

To download the template, click on the link below and it will open in a new window. You can then save/download the template. There is one PDF to download for the caravan project.

How to make a papercraft caravan template PDF

Shopping List:

  • Caravan template (see above)
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Circle nesting dies,
  • Craft knife
  • Coloured card
  • Patterned paper
  • Small flower and leaf punches
  • Gold and silver adhesive pearls
  • Green enamel dots

Step 1

Trace the caravan template onto a piece of white card and carefully cut out. Score the lines as indicated on the template. Trace four side panels onto two contrasting patterned papers and cut out.

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Step 2

Attach two side panels to the caravan. Cut the contrasting side panels in half and attach to the caravan. Add a 15x6cm piece of patterned paper to the top and two 2.5x6cm contrasting pieces to each end.

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Step 3

Using the template as a guide, cut three windows from the caravan using a craft knife. Cut a flap for the roof. Cut thin strips from a piece of teal card to cover the joins of the contrasting patterned papers.

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Step 4

Trace and cut two doors from a piece of blue card. Attach 20x15mm pieces of white card and add details with a pencil. Attach narrow strips of grey card as shown. Add
to the caravan with foam pads.

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Step 5

Layer small die-cut circles of blue card onto grey and black circles. Attach to the sides of the caravan with foam pads. Cut small triangles of coloured card and attach above each door with foam pads.

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Step 6

Cut narrow strips of white card for window boxes and decorate with flowers and leaves punched from coloured card. Top with gold and silver pearls. Attach under the windows on the caravan.

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Step 7

Concertina fold an 8x4cm piece of blue card at 0.5cm intervals. Add to roof. Attach a 2.5x1cm piece of grey card to back of caravan. Add green enamel dots. Attach pieces of blue paper behind the windows.

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Step 8

Bend the top of the caravan down and attach to the tabs along the sides. Attach a 9×5.5cm piece of white card to the base. Fold the triangle at the lower edge outwards so that the caravan will stand upright.

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