I'm going to go over the steps I use for making a simple building- mainly used for backdrops and or Dio shots.
Here's a look at some of the main supplies used. Supplies include but are not limited to-
- Foam board
- Hot glue/glue gun
- Spray glue
- Figure bubble package (for the front door)
- Paper pattern (brick in this case)
- Metal ruler
- Textured paints.
- Additional supplies included plastic sheet styrene and styrene bits.
Measuring and Cutting
I begin by measuring out the walls of the building. This particular one is 12"H X 20" X 10"D
Then cutting them with the metal edge.
For this building I wanted a commercial size garage door, so I used the nearest vehicle to make sure of the proper size
Then cut the opening. I used a nearby figure to get the basic doorway size
Putting together walls and floor
Here is a look at all the walls and floor
I used hot glue to hold the walls and floor together
I used a spare section of foam board for the roof. I found adding the floor and roof really make the Dio more stable. Without them I've had the front wall warp.
Now I spray the surface with glue and add the print pattern (this is not printer paper, this pattern was purchased from a craft store. It is slightly thicker paper and the glue does not bleed through). You have a few seconds to move the paper around before it is stuck in place.
I then take the knife and cut out the doors
I used some spare styrene for the door trim.
Garage Door Trim
And the same for the garage.
Building the garage door
The garage door itself is made from styrene (foam board could be used as well).
Painting the door
I used textured paint for the door to make it look like hammered metal
I printed out signs for the building and covered them with packing tape- this will keep them from fading over time
The images are cut and glued in place. The garage door is also hot glued in place
I used the plastic bubble from a figure package for the front door- painted black in the inside. Print out signs were added
I used concrete textured paint for the sidewalk (cut out of foam board).
Open for business
That's all! Now you can add other bits to bring it to life more, but for my needs this works.