How to Make Scenery Props

by Kim Blakesley Google

Scenery props are used for backyard performances, school plays and theater house performances. Basic props are made from cardboard, large sheets of fabric (such as a sheet) or a combination of the two. The sky is the limit when creating scenery props. Many everyday household items, such as split rail fence posts, old furniture and plastic garbage bags, make good scenery props. Some of the best resources are the individuals in the play. The cast may have a scenery prop at home or can locate one from a friend.

Items you will need

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife or craft knife
  • Acrylic or tempera paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sheet or large piece of fabric
  • Black trash bags
  • Newspaper
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Cardboard Prop

Step 1

Draw the specific scenery prop on a piece of corrugated cardboard. Tape pieces of cardboard together or stack boxes to attain the proper dimension. For example, sample scenery props include a cactus, road signs, mountains, trees, flowers, walls, a door and the sunset.

Step 2

Cut the scenery prop from the cardboard with a utility knife.

Step 3

Paint the prop the desired color with acrylic or tempera paint. Allow the paint to dry 30 minutes before placement.

Sheet or Large Fabric Prop

Step 1

Spread the sheet or large piece of fabric on a flat work surface. Smooth the surface of the sheet or fabric with your hand to remove all wrinkles.

Step 2

Draw the scenery design on the sheet or large piece of fabric. For example, sample scenery designs include a sunset or sunrise, Old West main street buildings, a barn with animals and a billboard.

Step 3

Paint the design with tempera or acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry 30 minutes before hanging.

Black Trash Bag Props

Step 1

Fill a black trash bag with crumpled newspaper.

Step 2

Tie the bag shut to create a rock.

Step 3

Place the rock in the desired location. Manipulate the crumpled newspaper with your hand to attain the desired shape.

Step 4

Brush acrylic paint on the imitation rock to create rock texture.

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."