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Who doesn't love Harley Quinn and her Puddin’? I set out to make a cool looking themed weapon prop for my Harley Quinn costume this year, and I always like doing things crafty and on a budget. I thought, I could make that! (Something like what she uses here, for example.)

I spent $6 at a dollar store (my local Dollar Tree, if you’re wondering) on the following items:
-1 handle yanked out of “Lobby Dust Pan” according to sticker ($1)
-2 Red plastic garbage cans to connect end to end for a big mallet head (other materials will work—get creative and keep an eye on your recycle bin before taking it out to the curb). ($2)
-3 rolls colored duct tape (I bought 2 red to match the garbage cans and one black for accents, but I stick haven’t needed to open the 2nd red 10 yard one yet - $3)

Other Found/Reused Materials Free at Home:
-Bag of plastic bags bound to go back to store for recycling
-Weekly sales circulars, old crumpled tissue paper, puzzle pieces and a destroyed old book.
(Both of the above were used as packing materials to make the mallet head solid and sturdier. I went a little over board with the old puzzle pieces and destroyed paperback—one side of my mallet is too heavy and it leans to that side.)
-Fairly large square of sturdy corrugated cardboard for the ends of each side of the mallet, taken from my bag of paper recycling
-Black permanent marker for dot guides and decoration
-Beer bottle caps to give the ends of the mallet head a studded look under black duct tape.
-A cool looking joker card harvested from a cheap/free deck of cards
-Extra roll of silver duct tape for extra underlying securing

Trolled the cleaning aisle for something with a good handle that was easily removable—I found success with a floor broom sweeping tray and asked my husband to yank out the handle with his man strength. (It’s not sexist, I just didn't want to hurt myself doing it by accident. ^_^) Also kept an eye out for something big enough to make up the cartoonishly large end of a hammer/mallet. This took a couple trips on different weeks until I saw the perfect red colored small plastic garbage cans.

This has just been updated with some fun outfit photos from when I went to work dressed as Harleen Quinzel, and my coworker Jonathan. I also wore this to the closing for my house on Halloween. (Oct 2013)

Here is just one example of another great version, here's another, and there was one on a forum that layered a handle with buckets and frisbees for the ends, but i can't find it just now...

Step 1: Joining Together the Hammer/Mallet Head and Harvesting the Handle

After gathering your materials creatively and on the cheap, yank out the handle from whatever it was originally intended for and tape the two garbage cans together after lining up the bottoms with each other.

Line up your handle where it will meet the mallet head items and mark the spot and approximate size with your permanent marker on the taped together garbage cans

I don't have a picture of this step, sorry! I do have a picture of the empty sweeping pan piece that was separated from the handle, and that is what I shall provide to you. 
<p>We got down to the wire and really needed a comically large mallet (not something you say everyday). With this tutorial we managed to get this baby done in about 3 hours. Probably would have gone faster if I wasn't trying to be so anal with the tape. We drilled the hole and used epoxy to secure it, but it was all done in the same spirit as the tutorial. I do wish we hadn't filled it. It added a lot of weight that bends the pole, but hey this thing is AWESOME! Thanks so much!</p>
Love this tutorial! When I was building my hammer I remembered your steps and making it was a piece of cake. I did end up using a wooden handle and switched up the design though. Thanks a ton! :)

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