Introduction: Zombie Preparedness Kit

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We help to run a monthly Zombie themed night at a local nightclub and each month we try and add another prop to help with the atmosphere. It was inspired by this

I wanted something a little bigger, better and designed to fit well into a dimly lit nightclub. Here is the finished result !

Step 1: Assemble Parts

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- Toy shotgun from local market
- 3 Candles (I had white already but using red would make it easier)
- Childs Cricket Bat from local toy shop
- Zombie Survival Guide (Warning contains annoying sounds)
- Printable sticker paper
- Cable ties
- Backing paper
- Spray adhesive
- Red fairy lights
- Various Nails and Screws
- Black Spraypaint (hardwaring kind)
- Red Paint (if you don't have red candles)
- Scrap plywood


- Saws
- Drill + bits
- Sandpaper
- Hammer

Step 2: Prepare and Cut Wood

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Arrange the props on the wood and work out how big the box needs to be, don't forget to measure the height that you need to house all of the props well.

Cut wood to measurements and sand down edges

I did a practice run at this point and layed everything out again to make sure it will all fit. and that the box will not look too big/small around the props.

Step 3: Fix Sides to the Base

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Use screws to attach side pieces to the base

Add nails to give a little extra strength all the way along each side.

Any scruffy corners will be covered up by the front frame so it doesn't have to look perfect at this point

Step 4: Spraypaint

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Spray sides and base inside and out with black spraypaint

Step 5: Prepare and Paint Candles

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Using a sharp blade trim the pointed end of the candles off (CAREFUL) to make them look like sticks of dynamite.

If using white candles then you will need to hang them up and paint them as shown.

Step 6: Measure and Cut Frame

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The Frame was constructed from one piece of wood to make sure it was perfectly joined, I thought it was worth the extra time rather than, making it out of 4 seperate pieces of wood.

It was measured to overhang the box on all sides to cover up any messy bits and to allow some space around the outside of the box for hiding the wire from the fairy lights.

Drill starting holes NEAR the corner of the wood to help get the saw through, repeat with each corner.

Step 7: Spray Paint Frame

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Spray the Frame to match the box.

Step 8: Finishing Off

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Drill holes in the sides of the box just large enough to fit the fairy lights through.
I left some of the bulbs outside of the box, to give it a halo effect around the outside too.

Attach backing paper to the back of the box with spray adhesive

Paint Props (spray gun black and paint blood onto the bat)

Mount props by drilling holes slightly behind each prop and securing with cable ties

Cut Perspex to size and glue to the back of the frame.
Once dry, screw the fram and perspex together onto the box


Mount it on a wall and find a Zombie to pose!


JakeTobak (author)2007-06-01

Awesome 2 the Xtreme. I'm not the most handy person, so I'm not sure if this is good advice or bad advice, but I'd do all the painting before assembling instead of after. Also, it would be cool to have a tiny hammer at the end of a chain on the side of the case. I'd solder the hammer to the hook holding it though, just so no once actually breaks the glass. Something else that might be cool would be a "Zombie bite first aid kit" and just have a toy gun inside :P

GwydTUnusual (author)JakeTobak2008-06-16

The zombie bite first aid kit idea is BRILLIANT! I'm going to make a seperate one of those right after I make one of these!

ryannui (author)GwydTUnusual2012-04-13

if you get bitten by a zombie you have to a, kill yourself or b, go through the painful progress of becoming one

hcold (author)JakeTobak2008-08-29

But what if the glass needs to be broken in case of zombie attack? I hope to see an X etched in the glass, to make it easier to breaker, as well.

Glass can be pretty expensive, depending on size. Plexi's pretty high too.

l8nite (author)2012-01-29

Just wanted to let you know I linked your instructable to mine that it inspired.

WalterSobchak (author)2008-05-03

There was an outbreak in 1977 in Belize...It was a virus, I forget the name.And Dead Rising makes zombie killing look easy. Crushing a skull ain't easy. The standard hatchet is the best zombie killer. Never use chainsaws, their fuel supply is finite. And one slip, the spinning chain could be going in your head, not the infected's. Take refuge in a mall or prison. They are fortresses in themselves. If an outbreak occurs in your area, stay in your home, and find a hatchet. Only migrate in desperation. Thank you.

Never ever ever go to a mall
Its just like serving yourself as zombie dinner.
Filled with people. Lotsa people = Lotsa zombies

Colonel88 (author)WalterSobchak2009-09-30

Mall? There's like 4+ entrances and too many to cover. Looting? Good. Refuge? Bad. But it's good for 20+ people, but not for only like 5. SO you're saying we should never use chainsaw because they are dangrous? Never heard of a chainsaw goin in ur head by accident. What you're saying is so "The Final Destination"

KingOfCatfish (author)Colonel882010-10-07

Chainsaws are bad because they cast blood into the air, thus causing an infectious cloud of zombie blood.

anibioman (author)Colonel882010-05-07

 i havent herd of chainsaws going through heads but i have herd of chainsaws cutting through legs(femoral arteries) and people bleeding to death

bairdeagle (author)Colonel882010-04-23

looting wouldnt be that good cos everyone in the world goes to the mall first. id be goin to the campin a hiking stores. also boats are good just ancor one 20m from land in a strong current

a mall wou;d be a very bad place to hide out- many open, weak entrances, many people would be in the mall when the infection hit, so it would be overrun by zombies, and there are limited supplies that will rot when the power goes out. A prison though, is an excellent idea-guns, food(not the best tasting, but nutritious), work out rooms, and it is bery well fortified

bowmaster (author)WalterSobchak2008-06-16

You should have a fort hidden far from any towns and a fast wat to get there.

anibioman (author)2010-05-07

 i had the zombie survival guide loved it lent it to a friend and he never gave it back... meh!?

spookysculpter (author)2009-10-28

I whacked a Cricket bat hard before and it snapped off at the handle!!!:O Imagine trying that on a zombie skull.....gotta get a baseball bat or crowbar....Awesome prop :)

ilpug (author)2009-09-19

umm, you forgot extra ammo, a torch, bottles of urine, a lot of lye, and slicewire this is not very useful, besides, in shawn of the dead, they were in a bar and stil got zombie raped... plus the music would attract the zombies. i point out that a double-barreld gun like the one shown is too slow, a pump riot gun with a double snaildrum would do nicely...

sammchugh (author)2009-07-06

STAY AWAY FROM PUBLIC PLACES! when they renamed it will be where they died.... in public. Read the zombie survival guide, and world war Z if you feel like it.

Max Brooks is truly a master of zombie non-fiction.

finfan7 (author)2008-08-26

Another follower of Brooks. Awesome. Also this is an excellent instructable. full documentation during the project.

filthyfury (author)2008-06-21

wow im totally gunna make one of these for my new place

xmikeox (author)2007-06-02

That's really scary, a lot of make-up scares me, even if it is a costume.

lukeair45 (author)xmikeox2007-06-22

why would you need this kit anyways? It is cool but.........

munkey_b0y (author)lukeair452007-06-23

It's a prop for a Zombie themed night we run at a local night club once a month. I guess it could be a talking point at parties or a nice addition to a haunted house for halloween.

bowmaster (author)munkey_b0y2008-06-16


Chrys (author)2008-05-07

Cool Instructable!!! Too bad the candles painted red wouldn't do much good but the real things probably to dangerous to have in a bar.

lostmind106 (author)2008-02-21

if you liked the zombie survival guide, then you should def read monster island. Its a really good book.

trebory6 (author)2007-10-26

Holy crap! I just got that book! And that would be GREAT because I go on a Zombie Walk every month with alot of other people and its great! Ask me about it!

jman64 (author)2007-10-20

you guys look so coollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HIGHVOLTAGE-Z (author)2007-10-02

hey can anybody give me a link to wherethat book is being sold? please

Aeshir (author)2007-06-01

Lol, cricket bat. Why didn't they have a survival kit in Dead Rising?

HIGHVOLTAGE-Z (author)Aeshir2007-10-02

ahhhh deadrising. thats such a fun game......

ProfessorZ42 (author)2007-09-09

Cricket bat! I must get myself a cricket bat. Well, actually, I should just build the whole thing. So awesome. Have you read World War Z?

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2007-09-08

Zombie Survival Guide is an awsome book. I'm gonna make a kit too, just in case...

ArtemisBlue (author)2007-09-01

Zombie survival guide= my second bible.

Jawatech (author)2007-08-25

i live by that book. Good job!

mud_dann (author)2007-08-17

WOW!!!! that was great know you should replace the shotgun with boomstick(sawed off shotgun) and a chainsaw...its a movie reference from "army of darkness" :) man i'm soooooooooo gonna make this... Ash will be so proud of you!

duct tape apprentice (author)2007-07-07

if youd actually READ the book you put in there, you would have put in a katana, a wakizashi, a carbine, a crossbow, and a handgun (and possibly a few other things) but good job on the actual box :P

porkdemon (author)2007-06-04

its a pretty good instructable, if i were you id put an ammo strap or some spare shells in there as well, it might look nice. as for that zombie survial guide i think its one of the best books ever written. if anyone gets a chance read it.

lukeair45 (author)porkdemon2007-06-22

yeah, but you would need everything to be real(the gun, dynamite)

knex hater hater (author)2007-06-16
invalid movie:

you don't even give them a little hammer =_(

aiden120000 (author)2007-06-01

i think the apple store in san fransico needs one of theese

canida (author)2007-06-01

Totally sweet. You never know when this might come in handy! Nice make-up, too.

Sgt.Waffles (author)2007-06-01


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