This years haunted garage theme is THE HAUNTED CIRCUS....
This is the first new prop for this year the Clown Mallet.
Step 1: Supplies
Excuse the mess....
Five gallon bucket
1-1/2 pvc (or 1-3/4)
PVC caps and coupling
Neon spray paint and I used some metal colors as well
Something to cut off the top of the bucket (I used a reciprocating saw)
Paddle drill bit or hole saw
Step 2: Prepping the Mallet Head
Using a reciprocating saw I cut along the top edge of the bucket.
The edge helps to guide the blade as well to make a straight cut.
Next sand the top to remove ruff edges and level the bucket.
I also sanded off the wording on the bottom and lowered the ring in the center.
Step 3: Hole for the Handle
Measure mid way up the bucket and Drill/cut a hole.
I drilled mine a little small and used and exacto knife to trim the hole
I wanted a super snug fit.
Pushing the PVC through and elongating the bucket you can mark the opposite side
Step 4: Cutting the PVC
I placed the ring back on the bucket, this forced the bucket to be round, allowing me to measure me side to side distance. I also measured the distance I needed for the fittings.
Once cut I assembled the pieces to ensure a snug fit. (yes I had to do it twice cause the first one was too short)
I also cut the handle to a random length that felt good to hold
Step 5: Painting
I used a hammered metal paint for the fittings
Plastic primer for the bucket ( I placed onto another bucket so I could rotate it easier to paint
I focused on neon colors so it will shine under a black light
Did kind of a drum design on the Mallet head with a pink base covered with orange and silver
The handle is gold base then a tape spiral, then green, another tape spiral then neon yellow
Let them all set over night, then peel tape (may take one night between coats)
Tip on the handle: V-notch a couple of paint caps and it will hold it up off the table and keep it from rolling around
Step 6: Assemble
Press fit your pieces together or glue them (should be tight with all the paint on them)
Now smack some stuff.
I left one end open so I can place items on the table or ground and make them appear smashed and gone when I smack them. Also it makes a louder thump when hitting things. The open end can be taped over and painted.
Hope you guys enjoy this one. there are more coming for this year.