How to Make a Foam Axe

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Fighting with foam weapons is an integral part of many live action role-playing games. Foam weapons are also often used on stage when it's too dangerous to use the real thing. To create a foam axe, you will need only a PVC pipe, some craft foam, glue and tape. This axe follows a double-sided Viking style, but you can modify the design to any shape or size that you want.

Things You'll Need

  • PVC pipe
  • Hacksaw
  • Craft foam sheets
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Rubber cement
  • Foam insulation tube
  • Spray paint
  • Cut a piece of 1-inch PVC pipe to a length of 2 to 3 feet with a hacksaw. A longer handle will give you a better reach with the axe, but may be more difficult to control.

  • Cut a piece 3-inch by 6-inch of craft foam with a sharp pair of scissors.

  • Fold the foam over the end of the PVC, then wrap several layers of duct tape around it to secure it in place. This will pad the end of the pipe to prevent possible injury.

  • Cut a double-edged axe pattern out of a piece of paper.

  • Transfer the design to a sheet of foam with a marker. Cut out four copies of this shape.

  • Lay one of the foam axe heads on the floor and paint it with rubber cement.

  • Lay the PVC handle onto the foam, centered across the double blade.

  • Brush rubber cement onto the second axe head piece.

  • Allow all of the rubber cement to dry, then press the second piece into the first. This is called a contact bond and is much stronger than gluing with wet rubber cement. The handle will now be embedded within a foam axe head.

  • Glue an additional foam axe head form onto each side for additional thickness.

  • Slide a foam insulation tube over the remaining exposed PVC. Cut the end flush with the pipe.

  • Wrap the entire axe in three layers of silver duct tape.

  • Paint the axe with spray paint as desired.

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