Whether you are producing a production of "Alice in Wonderland" through a community theatre or a school assembly, the props are an integral part of the audience's experience. "Alice in Wonderland" props may be found in thrift stores or flea markets -- things such as mismatched tea sets, various size bottles, swords and shields and eye glasses or hand fans. Other props may have to be built for the audience to see them clearly from several metres away. A good props master knows how to create almost anything for a show from cardboard, spray paint, glue and other craft items.
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Things you need
- Broom handle
- Several pieces of cardboard
- Box cutter, scissors or craft knife
- Spray paint
- Cyanoacrylate glue
- Hook-and-loop fastener
- Tissue paper in pastel colours
- Floral wire
- Clear tape
- Artificial leaves
- Dowel rods
- Green or brown garden hose
- Thick aluminium wire
- Brown paper bags
- Old couch cushions
- Upholstery needles
- Upholstery thread
- Plastic medicine bottle caps
Unscrew a broom from its handle. The brush should be set aside for another prop creation or to be used in cleaning up small messes from drilling or sawdust.
Fold a large piece of paper in half and draw a half heart shape so that the middle of the heart is the folded edge. This heart could be fancy or simple, depending on what the production calls for. Cut out the paper pattern and open it up to reveal a full heart. Use it as a template to draw a heart on a large cardboard. Cut two hearts -- one for the front of the broom handle and one for the back.
Spray paint the broom handle and both hearts a dark red. Glue the hearts to each side of the broom handle once they are dry, or attach them with a hook-and-loop fastener such as Velcro. You could sprinkle with glitter before completely dry if the production calls for a more glamorous or sparkly sword.
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Draw a large old fashioned key on a thick piece of cardboard. Cut out the key using a craft knife or a box cutter.
Spray paint the cardboard key a bronze or antique silver colour. Allow the key to dry according to the spray paint can instructions.
Take a coin or a pencil and rub it along various parts of the cardboard key to make it look older and worn. Rubbing a little dirt or sand on the key could also serve the same purpose.
Fold several sheets of the same colour tissue paper back and forth like an accordion fan. Hold the accordion fan on the flat sides between your thumb and index finger.
Take a piece of floral wire and tie it tightly around the centre of the tissue paper accordion fan, making sure there is plenty wire left for a stem.
Place your left thumb over the top of the centre of the tissue paper flower and the rest of your fingers underneath the flower.
Spread the flower fan out on one side and work each side, pulling a sheet of tissue paper up and away from the others so that it stands straight up.
If needed, tape the two sides together on the inside of the tissue paper flower on both sides to keep them from coming apart and keep the 'cupped' shape.
Tape artificial leaves to the bottom and middle of the wire. Then repeat the process with other colours and sizes of tissue paper to make a field of tissue paper flowers.
Paint dowel rods light green and using clear tape, tape the wire stem to a dowel rod for a sturdier stem.
Spray paint various size plastic bowls matt or muted shades of brown and grey and allow to dry. These will form the small mushroom tops.
Cut an old green or brown garden hose into long strips for the stems. Thread aluminium wire through the cut hose pieces. Wooden dowel rods may also be used in this step.
Superglue the hose/wire piece into the bowl to form the mushroom. Glue brown paper bags inside the bowl around the stem to represent the underside of the mushroom. The paper bags could be folded accordion style for the 'ribs' under the mushroom or left in a lumpy style.
Use old couch cushions for larger mushrooms. Thread an upholstery needle with thick thread, bring the needle up through the middle of the cushion and out near the corner of the cushion.
Pull the thread downward and back toward the centre of the cushion to make the corner rounded. Secure the thread at the centre with a knot. Repeat on all four corners so that the cushion is now rounded on one side.
Spray paint plastic medicine bottle caps black and cream colours and allow to dry. Superglue painted plastic medicine bottle caps on top of 'mushroom' couch cushions to represent the 'spots' on the mushrooms.
Tips and warnings
- Be as creative as you can. Look at everyday ordinary items as possible props and set decorations. A craft store is the best place for ideas and a flea market or junk store is the cheapest place for ready made or partially made props.
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