How To Make a Cardboard Ax

After reading this title you may wonder why on earth you need a cardboard ax.  Well, perhaps you are cheap and one of your brothers, who have a scary love for all things battle and blood, have a birthday coming up.  Maybe you still play dress-up in spite of the fact that you are way too old and like making new ax-essories.  Or you need an ax that is cheap and won’t kill people for the woodsman in a Little Red Riding Hood play (and your younger brother is the woodsman…).

No. This is not me with my sisters dressed as a sea captain. Except it is.

No, this is not me dressed as a sea captain and my sisters as pirates and princesses. Except it is.

So, if for any reason you need a fake ax, this tutorial is for you.

There are a few things you need to get started:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors or a knife you don’t mind dulling
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black and white paint
  • Paint brush or sponge
  • Twine or cord

 For the blade, first you will need to draw and cut out an hourglass shape.  Then mark the lines you want the light color on.  That will make your ax look more realistic and dimensional (for cardboard anyway).

Then you need to cut out the handle and attaching piece.  Do not glue it yet if you want to paint it.

Now paint the edges of your ax.  I did a very light grey with a sponge instead of a brush, but a brush or your fingers would be fine.  Fill in the rest with a dark grey.  Then you may glue the ax head to the handle.  I used hot glue because I’m impatient, but it may be better to use a strong white glue then hot glue a tiny bit so it stays put while it drys.  It is cardboard though so it doesn’t have to be fancy.

You can also twist twine around the handle if you want.  I did just because my handle wasn’t sturdy enough and it needed to curve a bit to hold it’s shape.  Also my sister got a cardboard cut from it right before I attached it.

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Then you are done!  Now you can dress up as a viking, give it to some one, or just carry it around as an ax-essory so people will wonder why you have a cardboard ax!