Last of the 2015 handmade Christmas gifts - a cardboard craft kit for Jenna, to make this bed:
This was just cardboard in a cereal box (which I turned inside out so I could draw a picture on the front).
See? Literally pieces of cardboard.
This was the video Jenna watched of the bunk bed and became desirous of making. Instead of gluing endless bits of cereal boxes into individual stacks, however, I cut each stack as a single piece of corrugated cardboard. Far fewer pieces overall, and it cut the prep time to a fraction of what it would've been.
The ladder might've been somewhat fiddly for a 9-year-old (you'll understand if you watch the video), especially with all those parallel rungs needing to be simultaneously hot-glued, so I pre-assembled that for Jenna.
I labeled some of the pieces
Jenna was quite thrilled when she tore the wrapper off this gift and realized what it was. And I was thrilled that my children squeal in glee to receive random scraps of cardboard as gifts. It makes me dare to think I have trained them well.
She got started on it as soon as we had a free afternoon.
As the video indicated, the actual assembly took minutes.
But we spread it out over three days so we could paint the hard-to-reach areas mid-assembly. We also filled the holes between the flutes rather than covering the edges with paper, as suggested in the video, which would've taken far too long. I used wood filler because that's what we had at home.
When the filler dried, Jenna sanded the edges with sandpaper.
Here is the assembled bunk bed:
And here it is after Jenna painted it.
She painted the ladder prior to gluing it onto the bunk, incidentally. That way, she didn't have to fiddly-paint each individual corner and rung while worrying she'd smear brown on white (or vice versa).
Then - finally - we furnished it.