Intro: Zombie Apocolypse Survival Kit Shadowbox
ZOMBIES ZOMBIES every where ! Zombies seem to be the latest fad, whither you believe in them or not there are television shows, movies, games and evn clubs that do Zombie walks.
A couple of months ago I posted a Zombie Survival Kit my son and his father in law created for a friend https://www.instructables.com/id/Zombie-Survival-Kit/ between the time spent and the actual items inside this box would be prohibitively expensive to recreate and attempt to sell so I set about building a less involved but I hope still pretty cool version. I've already started working on another because this one was fun but it is kind of small
Step 1: What's Inside
This box is kind of small so I was limited in what I could fit inside, there is a zombie apocalypse survival guide, a 3 step survival sign, a sawed off shot gun, shotgun shells, sticks of dynamite and a large knife
Step 2: The Box
I picked up a 12x15x2" shadow box at Micheal's craft store, I removed the lid, lightly sanded then double primed the box and then painted it as shown using red and black craft paints and a bright green artist paint with some silver iridescent paint mixed in. Using white glue with a little of the green and iridescent paint I attached the help sign to the back of the box.
the palette I used for both the paints and glue is a piece of lexan plastic I found while curb mining, it was one of about 2 dozen pieces of various sizes
Step 3: Ammo Box
playing again in paint shop I created a box for zombie killer shotgun ammo. I know I need a better printer because even with new ink cartridges the prints weren't that great but at least the boxes came in handy (recycle) and since the printer was a curb rescue I really can't complain.
I carefully pulled the box apart, turned it inside out then reassembled it ( I used the glue bottle as a weight until it dried) and covered it with the sheet of paper with the ammo print
Step 4: The Book
I played around in paint shop with some zombie images and different fonts until I got something I liked. then I printed it out and folded the paper in half, using some rejected versions I folded them in half until I had a decent bulk. A regular sewing needle with some thread passed threw the fold a few time held it all together whil I cut the "book" down to size
Step 5: Dynamite
my bad printer actually worked well for this since the color looks like faded red and black. I made the page in paint shop pro then printed it out, I went and searched my possibilium pile and found some 1/2" pvc pipe I had found at some point and cut it to length and then glued the paper on using white craft glue
Step 6: The Gun
the transformation of this toy makes it TOTALLY ILLEGAL and it could get you in serious trouble. It seems that everytime I do one of these conversions I forget to take pictures !
I found this toy while out curb mining https://www.instructables.com/id/Mining-for-suburban-gold/ so it's another recycled piece, the "shotgun shells" were found at a different time but they are also curb rescues.
I removed part of the stock, using my dremel with a cut off wheel, leaving just a pistol like grip. I then sanded down some decorations that were on the side and using my dremel still with the cut off wheel attached I added some graining to the wood along with cracks and gouges. I painted the "wood" with burnt umber and indian red artist acrylics and then used a thinned black to give it a wash. I painted the black and then used a wash of burnt sienna, yellow ocher and black to "rust" the barrel. There are several other pictures on my other "ible" if your interested https://www.instructables.com/id/Hacking-toy-firearms-for-Halloween-costume/step2/saw-it-off/
Step 7: Assembly
I used a hotglue gun to attach everything inside the box, you can see that the "ammo" box kind of floats, I wanted it to be seen in the corner of the glass and since the cover will be glued shut I just placed it were it worked best, the same is true of the "dynamite" I used a small cut off piece of pvc to position the 2 sticks where they would be best seen
Step 8: Finished
I reattached the hinges for the lid and once I get the glass cleaned and polished I'll glue the lid down