Dump Truck Tutorial

Today I am sharing a tutorial on how I put together the Dump Truck.

Base Box

These are the cut files/pieces.

TIP - This goes closest to the front.

BB 1- Fold at all perforated lines.

BB 2- Add adhesive of choice (I chose red tape because I will be placing candy inside box).

BB 3- Adhere side panel to base panel (without slanted cuts).

BB 4- Adhere other side panel to base panel.  Note: I turned around to adhere and then turn back.

BB 5- Flip over and adhere red tape (or adhesive of choice) to all tabs.

BB 6- Time to adhere the small or end panels.  I first adhered at bottom and applied pressure.

Next adhere at the sides applying light pressure at every step.

BB 7- Last step is to adhere the long tab at the top.  Remember that the shortest distance to the edge, or to my right here is the front of the truck or where the Truck Cab will go.
 Note: Those two tabs at the top are to be used to adhere the Truck Cab and the Truck Bed.


These are the cut files/pieces.

W 1- Fold at all perforated lines.

W 2- Adhere two of the long strips to each other applying pressure.  You should end up with four.
Note: remember to keep all the tabs to one/same side (these will be used to adhere to the Base Box).

W 3- You can start adhering tab by tab...
 ... around and around, and close at the end.
 OR close the strips together first, add adhesive to every tab...
 ... and drop in.  I found it easiest for me.  It is a preference.  Both ways work.
 I just applied pressure under each tab with my left hand's middle or index finger while at the same time applying pressure with my right hand on the "outside".

Note: you may add the rims or wheel accessories before forming your wheel or after.

TIP: At this point you may sand any rough edges or ink.

W 4- Time to adhere the wheels to the Base Box.

 Turn the wheels until the tabs match the slots.
Insert all four tabs.
 Add adhesive, fold and apply pressure.
 Side view.
Top view.

Truck Bed

These are the cut files/pieces.
The two on top are the added accessory for the two side panels that follow below.
The cut file to the left bottom of this picture is the bottom of the Truck's Bed.
The cut file to the right is the top of the Truck's Bed.
 Note: You can adhere the panels before or after. I chose before.
TB 1- Fold at all perforated lines.
 Down or against the panels.
 Down or forward.
The opposite side or in or towards you...

TB 2- Add adhesive and adhere side panels to top

 Apply pressure at each step and wait for adhesive to dry.
TIP: I really like Scotch tacky adhesive.  It gives you enough time to "play" but it dries quick.

TB 3- Add adhesive, fold or bend down and adhere.
 Add adhesive.
 Fold or bend down.
 Adhere.  Front or different view.
 Apply light pressure.

TB 4- Applying the bottom of the Truck's Bed.
 Note: if you are using pattern or textured paper, fold tabs accordingly.
 Apply adhesive on all three sides or tabs.  Place on table or solid surface and slide to center/front/middle.

 Apply pressure from both sides or with both hands.
 Bring both sides in and apply pressure to each side individually.

 You may apply a bit more of pressure.

TB 5-  Adhere Truck's bed to Base Box with Wheels.
 I added red tape and adhered to the back top tab of the Base Box.

Truck Cab

These are the cut files/pieces.

TC 1- Fold at all perforated lines.

TIP: You may add your accessories at this point or at the end.

TC 2-  Apply adhesive and bring together the "wing" to the tabs.
 Apply light pressure.

This is the top of the Cab

TC 3-  If you haven't folded at the perforated lines, do so now on the cut file without the "wings".
 Add adhesive and "insert" on the previously formed part.
 Apply light pressure until adhesive dries.
 Insert the bottom tabs and hold adding light pressure until adhesive dries.

TC 4- Add accessories.

TC 5- Adhere to the Base Box
 I used red tape.  Apply pressure.

TIP:  I first adhered the Truck's Bed and then lined up the Truck's Cab before adhering.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to leave me a comment.


  1. Great job!! beautiful trucks!!!!

  2. Wow, that is a very thorough tutorial. So many wonderfully illustrative images. Now Kenzie will stop teasing me (maybe) about how LONG and thorough my tutorials tend to be. I tell her, as a quiltmaking teacher for 30 years, it is difficult for me to turn off the wish to instruct with absolutely step by step help. Perhaps you, too are a teacher at heart. Thanks for posting this wonderful help!

  3. Awesome tutorial and you truck turned out fabulous!


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