craft camp project we did. Go here to see the other crafts we did. Mainly because of the prep work needed but also because I was unsure of the skills of the girls and not sure how they’d handle a hammer and nails. However, they all did great!
If you haven’t heard of Ana White you’re missing out. She has the most amazing plans and offers them for free! She gives you a materials list and a cut list. She has plans to build just about anything you can think of. I’ve used her plans to build this cubby bench, this ledge shelf, and these laundry basket dressers. Plan to spend a lot of time browsing her plans if you do visit her site!
Ana created a plan for a very simple doll bed and explains how to turn it into a “workshop kit” similar to Home Depot or Lowe’s. She also shows how to make them stackable to turn them into bunk beds. The cost for each bunk bed was around $8
The night before I cut all the supplies and organized them into sets. I also pre-nailed a couple of boards to get them started. I had them rest the board on cardboard to hammer the nails so they wouldn’t scratch them all up on the concrete. Since there were 5 kids participating I had to cut supplies for 10 beds.
My husband and I went ahead and helped my daughter finish her second one to make sure things lined up and we’d be able to bunk them. We did have to make a few adjustments and shave some of the boards on the upper bunk to get the legs to line up but it wasn’t terribly difficult. The only problem we ran into was a knot on the top of one of the headboards and it was difficult to drill a hole for the pin to bunk them. That one ended up a little off center but still worked.
Did they turn out perfect? Absolutely not. Are they still functional and do the girls love them anyway? Absolutely!