Fake cardboard pistols are the perfect accessory for a Halloween costume or for use during a play or theatrical production. You can make your own revolvers using household items. The revolvers take a few days to make, so leave plenty of time to get your gun ready. Revolvers have revolving chambers, which the cardboard replicas lack. This means that the cardboard guns look fake, but should still not be used in settings where they might be mistaken for the real thing.
Items you will need
- Corrugated cardboard box
- Craft knife or box cutters
- White glue
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Silver and black spray paint
- Masking tape
Find an image of a revolver you wish to copy. You can find pictures of revolvers in magazines, books and on the Internet. The picture needs to be to scale so that the picture of the revolver is as big as the real gun.
Cut open the box and lay it flat on your work surface. Stick the picture of the revolver to the box with the masking tape. Use the craft knife to cut around the revolver. Remove the picture and use the revolver you have cut from the box to cut 4 more gun shapes.
Glue all five revolver cutouts together. Leave to dry. Use the craft knife to slice thin slices from the sides of the barrel and handle to make rounder shapes.
Mix the papier mache. Combine the flour, water and salt and mix well. The mixture should resemble pancake batter. Cut strips of newspaper that are 2 inches wide. Dip them in the flour mixture and hold them up as excess mixture drips off. Lay the strips over the cardboard revolver, overlapping them as you go. Leave the revolver to dry.
Add a second layer of dipped newspaper strips and leave the revolver to dry. You will know it's dry when you can press your fingernail into the papier mache without leaving a mark. Use the sandpaper to gently sand the revolver. This will create a smooth surface.
Spray your revolver with silver paint. Allow it to dry. Use the masking tape and newspaper to block off the rest of the revolver, leaving only the handle exposed. Spray the handle on both sides with the black spray paint. Leave it to dry.
Tips & Warnings
- Cut pieces of sandpaper to fit the handles. Glue them to the handles prior to spray painting so that the handle has a textured look.
- Never brandish your fake revolver at anyone. Never carry your revolver in a public place where it may be mistaken for the real thing.
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