How to Make a Medieval Battle Axe

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How to Make a Medieval Battle Axe
You can make a battle axe to accessorise your costume. (field of axes image by Paul Moore from

If you are designing a medieval costume for Halloween, theatrical play or a renaissance festival, you can make your costume more authentic with a few accessories. For example, you can make a medieval battle axe to go along with a fighter's costume that will make you look as though you are ready to storm a castle. You can create a realistic-looking battle axe using a shovel handle and some basic craft materials.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Shovel handle, 4 to 6-foot
  • Screwdriver
  • Cardboard
  • Box cutter
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Metallic spray paint, bronze or copper colour

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  1. 1

    Remove the handle from a shovel using a screwdriver. Discard the shovel head, and set the handle to the side.

  2. 2

    Cut two double-sided battle axe blades from cardboard using a box cutter. This axe head should be large, at least 1 foot from blade to blade.

  3. 3

    Place one of the double-blade cutouts onto a table top. Use the glue gun to draw a thick line of glue up the centre of the cutout, between the two blades.

  4. 4

    Place the end of the shove handle (the end that held the shovel head) onto the hot glue, and allow the glue to cool and harden.

  5. 5

    Squeeze hot glue around the edges of the double blade and onto the end of the shovel handle.

  6. 6

    Press the second double blade over the first. Squeeze the two into shape around the shaft, and line up the edges of the blades to meet.

  7. 7

    Spray paint the axe head with metallic paint. Allow the paint to dry completely before using it as a costume accessory.

Tips and warnings

  • Substitute a thick wooden dowel for the axe handle.
  • You may paint the axe head black instead of metallic; or, use a dusting of black spray paint to give the axe head a battle-worn look.
  • Stain or paint the axe handle, if it looks too new. If you have used a raw wooden dowel, use brown shoe polish to create an aged and weathered look.

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