How to Make a Fake Pickax for a Play

When you are organizing a theatrical production or play, you can sometimes have difficulty locating all the props that you need for the show. For example, if your play is about a gold miner in the Old West, you may not always be able to locate a pickax prop at a costume shop. One solution is to make your own pickax out of a few basic materials that can be found at any arts and crafts supply store.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard

  • Scissors

  • Paper towel tube

  • Masking tape

  • Metallic acrylic paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Brown acrylic paint

  • Colored electrical tape

Step 1

Cut out an acute triangle from cardboard with scissors to measure 4 inches wide on the short end, and 12 inches long on each of the long sides. An acute angle has angles that are all less than 90 degrees.

Step 2

Place the triangle horizontally along the top of a paper towel tube, and tape it in place using masking tape. Position the triangle so that the tube is in the middle of the triangle.

Step 3

Paint the triangle with metallic acrylic paint and allow the paint to dry for 30 minutes. This will make the triangle look like the metal on a pickax.

Step 4

Paint the paper towel tube with dark brown acrylic paint. This will make the tube look like a wooden handle. Allow the paint to dry for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Wrap colored electrical tape around the area where the triangle meets the tube in a crisscross formation. This will look like the ties on a pickax, and will make the form look like a real pickax.

Warning

Keep sharp scissors out of the reach of children.