My daughters and I fell in love with the Our Generation Ice Cream Truck for their 18 inch dolls. We purchased ours from Target in January of this year. The girls tired out a bit from selling the ice cream and asked me to change up the ice cream truck into a Mexican food truck. The “Taco Truck” will be a series of three posts. This series will include TWELVE printables for you to create your own taco truck. ELEVEN of those printables will be in today’s post. Here is where you can purchase the truck: http://www.target.com/p/our-generation-ice-cream-truck/-/A-47986277
Today’s post will focus on the “Taco Truck” décor. Tomorrow will focus on the “Taco Truck Menu” which has been catered by Dolly’s Dining Room. You can get a jump start peek at the Mexican menu here: http://www.dollysdiningroom.com/. On Monday there will be a post on how to create an American Girl doll sized blender.
Of course all the patrons need to see the Taco Truck coming so a large sign was needed. The sign was made out of 1/2 inch foam board. I used Foamwerks Straight Cutter and Foamwerks Channel Rail. A little extra pressure is applied to go through the thicker board. The base is 5-1/4 x 15 inches and the top main piece is 7-1/2 x 11 inches. I created support brackets from 2 inch squares of thin foam-board cut in half. Pieces were hot glued together and spray painted.
The “Taco Truck” sign printable was printed, cut, and laminated. It was attached to the sign with poster putty. I wanted the sign base to be able to be reused in case my daughters wanted another type of food truck created in the future.
Here is the Taco Truck Sign Printable: Taco Truck Sign
All workers have to have a uniform! The Taco Truck Apron looks so cute on Josefina, an American Girl Doll. You can find these aprons at My Doll’s Life by Sophia’s here: http://www.doll-clothes.com/white-baking-art-apron-w-ruffle-trim/. With printable iron on paper your decorating options with these aprons are endless.
Here is the Taco Truck Apron Printable: Taco Truck Doll Apron
Time to get the Taco Truck full of color! I created two types of banners, one with solids and the other in stripes to represent the Mexican flag. I recycled an American Girl piñata and hung it off the back of the truck with a mini command hook. I also have for you doll sized posters to attach to the truck. I used poster putty to attach to the truck. I laminated these images before cutting them out. You don’t need to do that. I like to laminate all paper materials my daughters use to hold up with play.
You can find the Taco Truck Banner Printable here: Taco Truck Flag Banner
Now for the MENUS! Lots of love went into these printables. The front main menu includes a small graphic with written description and price. The menu mirrors the AMAZING menu you will find at Dolly’s Dining Room. You can find this Taco Truck Menu here: Taco Truck Menu
The menu on the back of the Taco Truck is a poster with pictures and food names. You can find the Taco Truck Menu Poster Here: Taco Truck Menu Poster
The Taco Truck Today’s Special easel is one found in an Our Generation accessory pack for the ice cream truck. You can find this easel here: http://www.target.com/p/our-generation-pegged-accessory-ice-cream/-/A-50662368
You can find the Taco Truck Today’s Special printable here: Today’s Special Sign
All patrons need a place to sit! The napkin holder is from the Our Generation ice cream truck and the salt and pepper shakers are from the Our Generation diner. The bottle of Tabasco was found attached to a real rice packet. You can find the Taco Truck Place Mats here: Taco Truck Placemats
The tubs of ice cream were removed and filled with “Mexican food items.” I used these for looks only. My daughters and I are huge fans of Dolly’s Dining Room and wanted to use their food for this truck. Paper foam was used to create tortillas, tomatoes, and onions. Sharpie markers were used for details. Lettuce was created from light and dark colors of green felt cut into tiny irregular pieces. Meat was created from brown foam paper and a hole puncher. Cheese was created from tiny strips of yellow and orange foam paper. I did not want all the tiny brown and yellow foam pieces all over the truck. I mixed the pieces with school glue, they were clumped together on wax paper to let dry. Arrange on the wax paper in the size of the compartment…this was about 1-1/4 x 1-1/2 inches. Once dry cut from wax paper. It will take a good 1-2 days to dry. Now you have a solid clump of “food” = no mess.
Time for “Carry Out.” I found these perfectly sized bags at Michael’s Craft store. You can find the Taco Truck To-Go Bag Labels here: Taco Truck Bag Labels . Small squares of tin foil were cut for the carry out food items. Here is sneak peek at Dolly’s Dining Room’s Beef and Bean Burrito! More pics tomorrow!
This Taco Truck even comes with entertainment! Can you here the Mariachi Band! These sombreros were found on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Fun-Express-Tabletop-Sombreros-Mexican/dp/B005NHTCYA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469807096&sr=8-1&keywords=mini+sombrero+tabletop I have also seen these hats sold individually on eBay for around $5 each.
The white shirts are from My Doll’s Life by Sophia’s. The pants are from Camelot’s Treasures. The shoes are from Silly Monkey.
Here is a sneak peek at the blender coming up next week! Craft on!