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How to make a (fake) wooden leg

Step 1: Overview

Costume: Pirate (Corporate Pirate in this case - I'll be wearing a suit and taking over other companies! Arrrgh!)

Objective: Create a wooden leg, because I currently don't have one but it would look good on a pirate. Amputation was out of the question because I needed it to heal and be usable in 2 days...so how was I going to make one?
Then I remembered a printing technique - lead letters were placed in the press, the ink was rolled onto them, and then the paper was rolled onto the ink. Eureka, I could do the same with fabric and make myself a wooden leg.

(Please note that this was originally written in Pirate, but I've translated it back into English so everyone can follow along.)

Step 2: Requirements

A dark brown, long sleeved shirt (the victim)
Left over paint, beige
Other woodsy colours
A paint brush
A pool-noodle (foam pool toy), or other cylindrical object such as a roll of paper towels, etc.
Some tape
A wood graining tool
A board (primed) or plastic sign (mine was an old election sign)

Step 3: Prepare the victim

I purchased a cheap, worn out shirt at the local Value Village, a thrift/second-hand store. It was dark brown because I remembered that we had some light beige wall paint at home. (If I'd had only dark paint, I probably would have picked up a beige shirt)
Chop the sleeve off the shirt.
Cut a piece of the cylinder to appropriate length to fit inside the sleeve. I used a foam pool-noodle, a pool toy.
Stretch the sleeve over each end until taught, using tape to assist if needed. This shirt had a small, stretchy cuff, so I only had to tape one end.
If you want, prepare the second sleeve in the same manner in case you a)don't like the way the first one turned out, or, b) want to use a second wooden leg, either on you or someone else.
bowmaster5 years ago
Pi$$ off a ninja by dressing like a pirate and you won't need a fake wooden leg. I AM NINJA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
K-Sue5 years ago
How about a picture of someone actually wearing the leg?
Madrias3575 years ago
Then what you need after the wooden foot is a piece of wood under for sound. That way you get the heavy 'clunk!' on that step. Adds authenticity. I've done similar before.