How to Make an Ax Out of Cardboard & Tin Foil

by Corinna Ricard-Farzan
Make an authentic looking cardboard ax, but don't try to chop wood with it.

Make an authentic looking cardboard ax, but don't try to chop wood with it.

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Perhaps you have decided to dress as a lumberjack this Halloween, or maybe your kids have been begging you to buy them a toy ax for their make-believe games. In either case, you can create your own ax out of cardboard and tin foil that will be lightweight, child-safe and merciful on your wallet. Although a cardboard ax will prove to be useless in terms of chopping, it will lend authenticity to a costume and excitement to a child's imaginary world.

Items you will need

  • Cardboard
  • 3-foot craft stick
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Tin foil
  • Glue gun
  • Masking tape
  • Brown acrylic or spray paint
Step 1

Draw a 3-foot by 6-inch rectangle with a pencil on a piece of cardboard. Use a craft knife to carefully cut out the rectangle which will serve as the handle of your cardboard ax.

Step 2

Draw a triangular ax-blade shape on the cardboard. The blade should be one to one and a half feet long and six to eight inches wide at its widest point. Look at a picture of an ax if you need a frame of reference before you draw the blade. Cut out the ax-blade from the cardboard.

Step 3

Using the hot glue gun, glue the flat side of the thin tip of the ax-blade to the flat side of the top of the rectangular handle.

Step 4

Position the craft stick so that it reinforces the area at which the blade and handle meet and spans down the length of the handle. Glue the stick into place.

Step 5

Wrap masking tape around the handle, beginning at the bottom. Continue wrapping the tape all the way up the handle and over the blade as well.

Step 6

Cover the blade with tin foil and glue the foil into place.

Step 7

Paint the handle of the ax brown and allow the paint ample time to dry.

About the Author

Having graduated from Purchase College with a B.A. in creative writing, Corinna Ricard-Farzan has been writing professionally since 2008. As well as writing, she attends events and storefronts working to promote renewable energy and sustainable living in Westchester, New York. Her areas of expertise include but are not limited to physical health and fitness, nutrition, arts and crafts and pet care.

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