How to Make a Fake Pickax for a Play

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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.


Make a pickax prop using craft supplies.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paintbrush

  • Cardboard

  • Scissors

  • Colored Electrical Tape

  • Masking Tape

  • Metallic Acrylic Paint

  • Brown Acrylic Paint

  • Paper Towel Tube

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.


Keep sharp scissors out of the reach of children.