How to Make a Fake Sledgehammer

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How to Make a Fake Sledgehammer
Make a sledgehammer prop using craft supplies. (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

If you are putting together a set for a class play or theatrical production, the stage props can sometimes be difficult to locate at a costume shop, and the actual items can be inappropriate for use in a play. For example, if you are going to need a sledgehammer prop for your production, a real sledgehammer will be too heavy -- or dangerous -- for theatrical use, and costume stores may not always carry fake sledgehammers anyway. One solution is to make a fake sledgehammer using craft materials.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper towel tube
  • Cardboard box, 6 inches long, 4 inches wide
  • Masking tape
  • Bowl
  • Flour
  • Paper mache pulp
  • Salt
  • Cotton gauze
  • Acrylic paint, coloured
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic glaze, clear

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Tape a small rectangular box onto the end of a paper towel tube using masking tape. Position the box so it is perpendicular to the paper towel tube.

  2. 2

    Combine 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of paper mache pulp and 1/2 cup of salt in a bowl. Add in 2 cups of water and stir the mixture with a spoon for 3 minutes to combine thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Cut 30 pieces of 2-inch-wide cotton gauze, each measuring 6 inches in length, using scissors.

  4. 4

    Dip each piece of cotton gauze into the flour mixture, then cover the sledgehammer head with four to six layers of the strips. Allow the sledgehammer to dry for 4 hours.

  5. 5

    Paint the fake sledgehammer using colourful acrylic paint, then allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes. Paint a layer of clear acrylic glaze over the paint, and allow the sledgehammer to dry for another 20 minutes before using it in your production.

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