Cardboard Hammer Prop





Introduction: Cardboard Hammer Prop

About: Half crazy, half can decide. I enjoy experimenting with new materials and new mediums whenever I can, constantly striving to be a jack of all trades.

I added this instructable to show what you can do with a little planning and a lot of cardboard.

You can make anything out of cardboard with a bit of experimentation and practice. For this project I taught myself how to create a scale replica of an object. All I used was a box cutter, hot glue, and lots of large sheets of cardboard.

I went to Sam's Club for most of the cardboard; they have large, flat, clean sheets between their pallets that they let you take for free. They I found that Sam's Club pallets also have different qualities of cardboard so you can use cheaper, more flexible sheets for curves and firmer cardboard for clean cuts and large sides.

Its  important to keep your blade new and sharp to keep the edges crisp and clean.

One technique I used to get nice curves was rolling the cardboard with the grain of the corrugation. Keep that in mind when laying out your cuts if you plan on having smooth curves. 

In the photos you can see the sketches and measurements I made before I started cutting. I actually measured all the main points of a hammer I had and then scaled it up so all the proportions would be accurate and look right.  A little planning really helped things go more smoothly as I worked on it, I still had to make some adaptions as I worked on it though. So be flexible!

I love the fact that I made it tall enough to stand under, it really makes it feel surreal! It also barely weighs anything!

Get out there and start having fun with cardboard! Its cheap, lightweight, and easy to play with. I hope I inspired some creativity!



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    Im new to this site. Whrrr are the instructions to make the prop?

    This is just the sort of thing I was looking for! My students will love this! Thanks for sharing :)

    We don't need no education....
    We don't need no thought control....

    Sorry someone was bound to do it.
    Excellent job this.

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    Yup. I was thinking the same. And scrolled down thinking someone beat me to it. I'd definately dress it up like a marching hammer...did one in pottery in art class 20 years ago. Great album.

    Nice work. You need to make some cardboard nails. LOL


    sorry I had to do that, It looks great!

    I wonder when you would actually use this...? Haha jk. Great job! Looks awewsome!

    Great job - especially the "carved" areas of the head, it looks just like milled steel.
    Are you going to paint it?

    That's neat. I wonder if you could actually hammer a "pin head" with that. LOL ;)

    Thank you everyone for your comments, I'm glad you liked my creation. It's great encouragement for me to make more things!

    Congratulations on winning the Cardboard Speed Challenge. Your project is awesome. I also wnted to comment, I like that you included your planning sketches. That was a nice touch.

    That's fantastic! :D Looks so good - the curves are just right.