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DIY Red Truck Christmas Decor with a Tree on Top

If you are a Harley-Davidson fan  turn away now… what you are about to see just might be too much for you. I wanted to create some red truck Christmas decor and found this fun truck that had a vintage style on sale at the craft store. I could see the potential with a little spray paint and a bottlebrush tee. Making this DIY red truck Christmas decor was one of those crafts that was super easy and fun to make, and I love how it looks on my mantel!

new toy turned vintage

I picked up a can of red spray paint and taped off anything I didn’t want bright red, and sprayed away. I made sure to tape off not only the tires with blue painters tape but also any of the chrome parts that I wanted to remain silver. It took about three coats of red spray paint, drying between each coat to completely cover the truck. I will say I noticed I missed a few small spots when I was done.

Use spray paint to turn a new toy into an old truck

I wanted to the tires to pop just a little bit more, so I used regular acrylic paint to make the tires white, just like on a vintage red truck. I used a bottlebrush tree from the craft store for my Christmas tree. To make it even more authentic, I may tie twine around the tree and the truck. Do you love red truck decor for Christmas? I think it;s so cute. I would love to have a real one some day!

use spray paint to make a new truck look vintage

Some tips on creating little red truck Christmas decor

  • You can also do this with smaller matchbox cars or plastic trucks as along as the paint is compatible.
  • If it’s too cold out to spray paint, use several coats of multi-surface paint.
  • Bottlebrush trees come in many sixes, its also cute to cluster smaller ones together in the back.
  • Let the truck take center stage and paint Merry Christmas on the doors or use tour last name and paint “tree farm” on the side.
  • Use twine or ribbon and smaller toys to create red truck ornaments. These can be hung on a tree or used to embellish a wrapped gift.
  • If your kids have truck toys they no longer play with that aren’t valuable, you can do this with dump trucks and other vehicles too!
  • To find trucks to paint take a look on Etsy or Ebay

Make a DIY red truck Christmas decor

This is such a great addition to my decorating for the holiday season! I might have to make an entire parking garage full of them! I love creating handmade Christmas decor such as these jingle bell trees!

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  1. I have a wooden truck we got in a gift basket one year, it’s was one of those things in the Christmas box that just stays among all the Christmas that I dont use. I’ve never used to or even thought to throw it out, and boy am I glad I didn’t,,, how cute will it be to paint the body red and leave the bed of the truck the wood, Thanks for the inspiration!!

  2. I love this, Jen. What a sweet addition to your Christmas decor. I hope you do find more. Deb

  3. LOVE it, Jen! I might just have to do this if I can’t find one {at a good price} already done. I never would have thought of this. I just commented on another blog recently that I’ve got my eye out for one to put a bottlebrush tree in the back for the holidays.

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I’ve been looking for an old red chevy for ages and can’t find one. Now I know I can broaden my search! Thanks so much for this!! 🙂

  5. LOVE this! I ask Santa every year for an old red pick-up… maybe I’ll just create my own miniature!

  6. Oh, how cute! I love what you did and I could do it too. I’ve always wanted a vintage truck to decorate with but could never find one. Yay! I may be on a trip to Hobby Lobby.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  7. Beautiful imagination! Love it – I hope there’s more – my husband is restoring an old truck that looks similar – it would be cool to get one and paint it the color he’s thinking of – the original sky blue!
    Loved this!

  8. Adorable! Wouldn’t this also be cute with a miniature wreath on the front grill of the pickup?

  9. Ha ha ha Estro forest Polly Pocket’s got a brand new ride! Cracking up as we have two daughters-and now a granddaughter! Thx for the paint idea…here comes my turquoise Xmas tree truck!

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