Dollar Store Vintage Truck Makeover

What is there to do when you've been hit with two feet of snow and house bound for the third day in a row? Not only are we all house-bound on a regular basis but now in our neck of the woods, we can barely get out the door! 

Farmhouse truck gingham truck with bow

You may have noticed that I've been doing a lot of dollar store projects recently. 

I haven't made a trip to the thrift store in almost a year but I'm looking forward to getting back in the near future. 

In the meantime I'm keeping my self busy with Dollar store projects that are both upcycled and inexpensive, like this one.

I found this cute little $1 truck at the Dollar Tree and I knew it wasn't going to stay this way for long but I had no idea what I was going to do with it. 

red truck sign for valentine's day

Until it hit me... re-do it! 

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I began by cutting off the hearts in the back of the truck with a scroll saw then drilled another hole in the top of the roof to add a wire hanger at the end. 

This is the scroll saw I use and I love it! 

hearts cut off of the back of the truck

Now came the fun part. 

I sanded the glitter off of the truck then traced the truck onto black and white gingham scrapbook paper. 

You can certainly use any color or design you like.

Black gingham truck covered with scrapbook paper

I painted Mod Podge over the truck and attached the scrapbook paper, gently rubbing out any air bubbles. 

I let the paper dry and went ahead with the rest of the project. 

Looking at the photo of the original truck, I cut out a window, and the door handle.  I drew the fenders with a wide chisel tip Sharpie marker. 

truck with door drawn and tires

For the wheels I used a 2 1/2" hole punch for the black tires and a 1 1/4" for the hub caps. 

I put the truck together using Mod Podge as my glue. 

I used a sanding pad to go around the truck when the scrapbook paper was dry to finish the edges. 

Now for the back of the truck, I cut a few pieces of brown card stock into strips and secured them to the truck with hot glue and popsicle sticks on the back to make the gate sturdy. 

adding popsicle sticks to the back of the gate

Next, I used a brown ink pad to rub around the edges of the truck to give it aging and dimension.

Ancient Page ink pad on edges of truck

I made a bow using scraps of fabric cut into strips and wired it to the rebar wire hanger I made to hang the truck. 

Lastly, I added a vinyl sticker because you should be grateful all year long! 

Farmhouse truck hanging on front door

This was a fun project and it kept me busy and out of the snow for a while today! 

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truck with Pinterest overlay

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Truck with grateful sticker hanging on door


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .