How to make WWII model furniture.
How to make model furniture for a WWII Anderson Shelter.
How to make Bunk beds.
In this 4th part of the craft project on how to make a realistic miniature version of a WWII bomb Shelter, you will now dress the inside of your Anderson shelter with some bunk beds and a few pieces of easy to make model furniture.
Parent supervision required !!.
For this simple project you will need:
Stiff or corrugated cardboard.
A craft knife and Scissors
Pencil or pen
A paint brush
PVA adhesive or sticky tape
Glue spreader or glue stick
Some old fabric
candy floss sticks, straws or similar material
Stage 9 making the cabinets.
To make the cabinets you will first need to measure the width of your bomb shelter. This will make it easier to decide how wide you want your cabinets to be. Two cabinets should be sufficient to create the effect of being authentic as shown above.
Once you have decided on the width of your cabinets you will need to find or make a box the correct size. Boxes are really easy to make.
Take a piece of card and mark it out as shown above.
Make sure both your wide sides (height) and narrow sides (depth) are equal, and make sure you allow enough width on the side tabs so that they overlap when you fold them together, that is, make them just over half the width of your longest and narrowest side.
The long end tab on the left of the example needs to be wide enough to join the box together using PVA or sticky tape.
Once you have made your boxes you can paint them any colour you like.
You can see I chose to paint mine brown.
With this done you are now ready to add some detail to your boxes to transform them
You can either draw or paint a design on them, or like me, source a suitable image online and scale it to fit your unit, print it off and stick it on.
I also stuck a war poster that I sourced online onto the back wall of my Anderson shelter to increase the effect.
In the image below you can see that I have added some books and a first aid kit using the same method as the cabinets.
On the floor, you can also see a makeshift bed that I will explain how to make below.
Making simple bunk beds.
To make the bunk beds you will first need to measure the depth of your model to see how long the sides of the bed will need to be. If you chose to put cabinets at the back of the shelter you will need to take that into account allowing for the depth of the cabinet and cutting your side pieces accordingly. It is probably best to place your cabinets inside the shelter while you do this.
You will also need to measure the height of your model to see how high your uprights will need to be.
Also, measure the width of your Shelter to work out how wide your bunk beds will need to be. Try to imagine the inside of the shelter as being a small bedroom and try to scale your bunk beds accordingly.
The components required for the bunk beds are:
4 of equal lengths of candy floss sticks, straws or similar material for the sides.
4 of equal lengths of candy floss sticks, straws or similar material for the uprights
A piece of stiff card large enough to make 3 model beds.
A piece of fabric or material of your choice to make the bed covers and pillow.
Once you have decided on the length of your bedsides Make 3 cardboard templates for the bed bases. Cover these with the material of your choice, and fix to the underside of the template as shown. Next, add a rolled up or folded piece of material at one end of the bed to form the Pillow.
Measure the length of your bed base and add the width of your chosen material, ie your candy floss stick, straw or similar material to each end as shown in Fig 3. Once you have the correct measurement cut your 4 base supports as shown below.
The next thing to do is to carefully stick your bed bases onto your base supports. You should now have something similar to Fig 3.
Now that you have your bed bases made you are ready to make the 4 uprights.
Again take your chosen material and make 4 uprights of equal length as shown below.
You are now ready to stick your bases to your uprights to form the bunk beds. To get the beds level you can measure up each upright and make two marks at equal distances on each to position your beds.
You will need to use pegs to hold the bunk beds in position while they dry during which time you can make the third single bed the same way that you made your bed bases for the bunk bed.