Introduction: Hand Grenade Movie Prop

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Being in the independent movie field is a pretty tough job. The costs for everything, then time put forth to create a good product. In hobbies such as this, D.I.Y. projects can come very much in handy. Props online can be very expensive, so making them yourself is a life saver. Especially when your wallet is anorexic, or when more is going out than coming in. No Action movie is complete with out a gunfight scene, and all gun fights need some grenades to make it look even more awesome. While being on a small budget, I created the Hand Grenade Prop. Seeing how i forgot to take pictures, I had to borrow them from But the same idea is still there. And your wallet won't take so much of a blow. In fact, if you HAVE to buy every material needed to construct this, it would only amount to about $10.

I introduce to you...

Step 1: What You Will Need

Quick List:

Empty Deodorant Can
Key Ring
Map Pin
Old unwanted MousePad
Flat Black Spray paint
Hot Glue Gun

Step 2: Can

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Make sure your can is empty first. After that is complete, rip the top lid off. This should leave an aluminum can top bare.

Step 3: Spray Paint

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Now, You need to spray paint your can. Otherwise, your movie won't look as good when your soldiers are throwing Axe Cans at each other. The preferred color to go with is Flat Black, but if you want something otherwise go ahead, it's your movie.

Customize each grenade!!!
Using your sharpie, you can add a serial number along the top edges to make your grenade look more authentic.

Pull The Pin!!!
Take the key ring and pliers. Using your pliers, bend one of the ring ends out so it will easily fit into the top of your can. Surprisingly, the ring is just the perfect size to fit into the top of the can.

Step 4: (Optional) Making the Grenade Look Futuristic

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My purpose for the grenade was a futuristic movie. So, I needed to make my grenade look more like 2142 than 2002.

I took the map pin and cut off the pointy end, making the top of the pin flush. Using the Hot Glue Gun, I glued the pin top to the top of the can.

Feeling that the grenade was still too bare for any futuristic movie, I decided to glue hand grips to the sides. I took the old mouse pad and cut it into small rectangles. I Hot Glued them to the sides of the Can and left it at that.

Now go out there, pretend to blow stuff up and act like an idiot in front of a video camera!!!


aseaheru (author)2009-03-20

sweet naess, put it on

JoshH54 (author)aseaheru2016-02-05

it is actuall spelled sweetness. Not sweet naess. Naess is not a word doofus.

Dingus_Shiggy (author)aseaheru2009-03-20

Dude! Awesome site! Thanks for the link, I'm so gonna use this site!

aseaheru (author)Dingus_Shiggy2009-04-03


Nykus79 (author)2009-10-04

Awesome! I'm going build that one and throw it in my best friend's house *evil laugh*

JoshH54 (author)Nykus792016-02-05


bhetland1 (author)2011-03-28

This has probably already been stated, but for anyone in the US, you can buy a dummy grenade (an actual grenade with the bottom hollowed out and no fuze/firing mechanism) for about $8.

Just thought some people might like to know that.

JoshH54 (author)bhetland12016-02-05

thanks. I need some for my movie I'm making. It will be released soon.

Spannerhead (author)2009-07-04

Absolutely Unbelievable Its Amazing I Have All The Materials Good Job Mate :)

toogers (author)Spannerhead2009-12-02

hah, you started every letter with a capital.

JoshH54 (author)toogers2016-02-05

this instruct able is full of incorrect grammar.

wats-a-username (author)toogers2010-07-27

no he didn't

Smart Arse.

toogers (author)wats-a-username2010-07-29

i meant every word.

lwilton651 (author)2010-10-01

lynx africa ftw :)
r u in australia? cos i know its called axe in the us

builderkidj (author)lwilton6512012-11-02

Or new zealand, anywhere than uhmericuh.

JoshH54 (author)builderkidj2016-02-05

you mean the United States of America

Old spice is better heuhaeuhauheauhe

builderkidj (author)lwilton6512012-11-02

Or new zealand, anywhere than uhmericuh.

awesomecreations (author)2013-01-28

Cool. This looks more like a non-frag grenade but here is my baseball-grenade instructable;

JokerIsAwesome (author)2012-10-23

Excellent and very resourceful. Thank you so much for this.

hwhitley1 (author)2011-08-06

i used empty can of "Off" bugspray

Eacon (author)2011-04-09

Very nice idea! Never noticed before how badass an Axe can looks! ;)
Made two up to now and added some grip elements made out of black sponge rubber. Goes along very nicely with my modded Nerf Guns - can't wait to test my new gear "in the field"! Good work =D

mastermakoko (author)2010-09-13

nice,been ;looking how to make dis.throwing oranges at an enmy is wrong

sk8r4life (author)2009-09-11

Wow this is a really cool idea but my question is what is a map pin?

BillyTheGoat (author)sk8r4life2009-09-15

a push pin.

sk8r4life (author)BillyTheGoat2009-09-16

??? im wondering what a push pin is

seabananers (author)sk8r4life2010-07-01

your serious ':|

mg0930mg (author)seabananers2010-08-01

You're serious?

sk8r4life (author)seabananers2010-07-02

In Indiana we call them thumb tacks not push pins

for all your push pin needs

hungyhipo 2 (author)2010-07-02

can u use a soda can

sjoobbani (author)2010-03-06

 Very nice. might also want to add the lever...

moo of the cow (author)2009-10-30

isn't this the one from indy mogul???????

DIY Dave (author)2009-08-09

I would use a painted airsoft grenade BB holder. You can get 2 for only $8

hedgehogboy5 (author)2009-07-30

Hey so at least some of those pictures are from this tutorial by wraith 5 Are you wraith 5 or did you use those pictures or what?

NO NO NO!!! I am nowhere as cool and godlike as wraith5 is... Actually if you look in the beginning, i said I used pictures I found Online. I Just simply used his pictures to take his model (Slightly improved) and to bring the prop hand grenade model and instructions to instructables.

Oh okie dokie then never mind.

skater1182 (author)2009-07-06

you forgot to tell how to put on the map key but it looks so cool

stoker221 (author)2009-06-30

dude amasing i made one waiting for a pic so it looks sweet TIGER 471 M80 MAX

whocares88 (author)2009-06-27


wilsonater (author)2009-05-05

this is actually a very good idea. these make very nice looking grenades. i found that matte paint looks better than gloss or satin, and i also used acrylic paint which meant i didn't need to cover anything up to paint it. truly a very good idea. I would suggest that you could even paint some in different colours with added graphics to resemble smoke grenades or Tabun Gas. Great instructable :)

jetsmiley123 (author)2009-04-25

wow! great instructable! i am a teenager, and i have a budget of 0$ for my feature movies, so this was a GREAT way to spice up the action films! thanks! (i cant even afford my own camera, my Grandma actually gave me my High Definition camera for Christmas, lol!)

max911 (author)2009-04-17


xw239 (author)2009-04-15

that looks just like the ones used in sin city. awesome instructable dude. i just finished touching up mine.

cody316 (author)2009-03-30

thats awesome man, realistic ;)

Hellchild (author)2009-02-23

where do you live? because that is Axe un the US

Dingus_Shiggy (author)Hellchild2009-02-23

I actually live in the U.S. But I got the photos from a "friend" i guess you could say

Hellchild (author)Dingus_Shiggy2009-02-23

oh, cool.

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