Friday, August 10, 2012

A Gypsy Wagon Tutorial

 I made a Gypsy Caravan using two cardboard pennants. Here are  photos showing the different sides of my Caravan followed by a tutorial in pictures. 

FORTUNE - Gypsy Caravan

Interior View Through Side Window

Interior View Through Door

Interior View From End


While it may look complex when finished it is not difficult to make. The caravan consists of two Pennant panels, two side panels, a roof and the wheels. More about the wheels later.

Side Panels, Pennants and Roof


Gypsy Sisters Paper Collage by theresa mARTin
Gypsy Sisters 6 x6 Paper Pad  

To begin I sewed together a collage on my sewing machine using Gypsy Sisters papers until I had enough to cover my four panels. This can also be done with glue if you prefer regular collage over sewing. 

Cut two 5" x 7.5" side panels out of the paper collage.

Side panel made from sewn, collaged paper - 5" x 7.5"
Folded about a half inch on each end.

Four panels covered with collage

I made a door on one of the pennants, then covered both pennants with the collaged paper.   The fancy window in one of the side panels was made by using a Martha Stewart punch.

Collage options for end Pennants

Gluing side panel with punched window and end panel pennant together.

Photo showing door
Glue an image to one side - this is what you'll
see through the window on the opposite side.

Photo showing cut door. If you wish, this can be done after 
the collage is glued on. I'm showing it this way as it's
easier to see how it's done without the paper. 

Cut out door covered with collage papers.

I glued paper on the inside.  Three panels are now glued together.

Put your inside collage sheet image on the panel that is opposite your window.

View through the window. I later changed to an image I felt worked
better which you can see below.
Embellished side panels

I used the several different elements to embellish the side panes.

Glue together all four panels.

Measure and cut a piece to fit over the top for the roof. The edging on the roof
paper is a Martha Stewart punch.

Glue on the roof.  The top of the pennants make the roof into a lovely shape.


For the wheels, I used die cast wagon wheels - the type that model makers use. They are held together with a thin metal rod and are glued onto the side of the caravan. I painted them with a primer and gave them a patina with Metal Effects paints.

Have fun! I hope you make one (or two) too.  Please let me know if you do as I would love to see your work.