UPDATE: As of June 2022, both "Vintage Blue" and "Natural" campers have been adapted to a much thicker wood. This will hold up even better in outdoor conditions. There is a richer grain pattern in this wood, which is different from what is pictured. The same great shape, cuteness, accessories all remain the same! As other color options run out, they will also be replaced with this new design. Updated photos to follow soon!
Spring and Summer bring the spirit of nesting for both us, and our feathered friends. This retro design was so fun to build! I took ideas from old photographs from a trailer I once had (a 1974 Scotty). The construction of the birdhouse is fairly simpe, but the details leave endless possibilities with making this kit personal to you. The finished camper should actually be a great home for a small bird family to start. The little windows are the right size to peak in, but still give the new hatch-lings security. There's nothing wrong with just sitting this kit up on your favorite shelf to show off your handy work, too! If you're seriously into miniatures.. this kit is about a 1:20 scale.
As with all our designs, this one comes flat-packed. You'll just pop out the pieces and snap them together. No glue is required, but feel free to secure pieces permanently if you like. The kits are natural, light wood. You're welcome to paint and customize the designs in a way that makes it personal to you!
These kits do make great gift ideas for anyone who appreciates the retro design. All 5 punch cards come shrink wrapped with a simple set of instructions. The kit includes over 40 parts to build the miniature camper with awnings on 3 sides, plus flowers for the 2 window boxes, curtains, a spare tire, leveling jack, a Welcome mat, 2 flamingos, even a classic Weber style grill we all had as a kid. Most of the details are individual pieces to make painting a breeze. The kit also looks great left natural, but a quick spray clear-coat will ensure a longer life out in the elements!
The main photo is the "Natural (Unfinished) kit" that we spray painted individual parts in vibrant colors. Other options are pre-stained in a variety of vintage hues! Let us know which one you like best with the drop-down menu at the time you make an order.
The finished size is roughly: 9 inches long, 6 inches wide (with awnings), and almost 5 inches tall.
Ideal for ages 8 and up. Tiny parts would not be appropriate for small children.
NEW!: Check out our new MINI size for the Vintage Camper. Not quite a birdhouse, but just as adorable sitting on your desk!
Looking forward to putting it together.
The mini model of the Vintage Camper Bird House is adorable but very delicate. Many pieces broke when I tried to take them out of the wooden sheet. It is held together with glue. I would definitely purchase it again in other colors, but I would be much gentler with its assembly.
I found your site by accident and I was so charmed by the design that I ordered gifts: 1 pagoda, 1 camper bird house and 1 Zen garden. As I knew would happen (and hoped, I confess), I ended up doing the assembly of the camper. I was distressed to find no instructions, but I forged ahead. At one point I had the top attached, but then reminded myself that I plan to spray coat everything, so it would be better to leave off the roof until I could spray everything tomorrow. Finally, I finished and as I sat back to congratulate myself, my eyes landed on "see support for instructions". And then of course, when i read the instructions, I saw that the roof was to go on early and for the very logical reason that it can't be attached after assembly! So....tomorrow I spray, after I take off one side! I could not be more pleased with the camper, though assembly was not as easy for me (and I consider myself fairly handy)...it was not so easy to get slot a into slot b, etc as I was uncertain as to how much brute force I could apply. I'm pleased to say that I broke not one piece. Long story short.....I love it. (And I'm pretty sure I'll be the one to assemble the Zen garden). Kodos for a delightful product.
Easy to put together and paint as well!
I had fun assembling the little camper I received as a gift, so I decided to buy one for a friend for her birthday. I also ordered two pagoda lanterns. One is a gift and one for me.