Picture of Minecraft Pickaxe - $5 and 45 minutes
My kids both wanted to be Minecraft characters for Halloween... and what Minecraft costume would be complete without a Pickaxe!  I had two requirements for this prop: (1) it couldn't take long to make and (2) it had to look realistic. I looked at the designs that currently existed - many of which were well done and looked great. Unfortunately, they also looked pretty time consuming. I knew there was a better way, and I knew it had to involve cardboard...

What you will need:
* color printer
* photo editor
* scrap cardboard
* liquid nails, wood glue, or some other construction adhesive
* 3M spray adhesive

Step 1: Print Your Pickax

Picture of Print Your Pickax
The first step is to find a high resolution picture of a pickaxe on the internet.  I've fround that there are lots of papercraft printable Minecraft templates out there, and nearly all have pickaxe accessories that can be used.

Open the picture in Photoshop, or your editor of choice, and scale the pickax to the size that you want. Ours was about 22" high and 16" wide. Save this file as a .pdf. The file can then be opened in Adobe and printed to a color printer. The trick is to print it with no scaling (100% size).  To do this, select: Page Scaling>Tile Large Pages. You will have to trim the pages and tape image together. Print two copies - one for each side.

I had access to a color laser printer that had an 11x17 feeder. This made for less cutting and taping, but 8.5x11 page size would work fine too.

Leave a larger border of white around you image. This will be more accurately trimmed off in a later step.
mrsben1 year ago

Super tutorial and great job! Appreciated you mentioning the finished dimensions as it gives an idea as to the size it should be. Thank you!

T Hawk1081 year ago

You did good man. NOW IT'S TIME TO MINE!!!!!!!!

brandiz1 year ago
I am logged in but I can't seem to find the PDF to download, can you please let me know where I should be looking? Thanks!
Do you have the image in PDF that you used to print the pickaxe in the above photos?
liliya2 years ago
too bad, cant download the file (((
I dont know if you will check in on this, but is there a way you can email me the pdf. For some reason everytime i try to download it takes me to the login screen and nothing more. I have logged in about 30 times trying to download. if you can I would be forever greatful featherbrooke@msn.com.
bobparas2 years ago
i cant download the files
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Nice work! Now, go mine some iron, I need to make some buckets :)