Introduction: Monty Python Holy Grail Backpack

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I made a Monty Python and the Holy Grail themed backpack as a prop for a monty-python holy grail photo-shoot (hs senior pages). Simple and quick to make, they look really good and are surprisingly comfortable for being made of sticks and jumbled other things strapped on.

Step 1: Prepping the Frame

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I used branches as the main structure of the backpack. This made it easy because they're simple to work with, have no need for any sort of perfection, and fit into the vibe of crappy backpacks for a squire or monty python and the holy grail. I used ~3 foot sections for the y-axis, and ~2-1.5 foot sections for the width. Measure the intended wearer of the pack to make custom (*gasp*) sizing, remembering that you should leave extra stickage at the top to get the over-sized look.

Step 2: Constructing the Frame

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Use a file to create notches in the wood at the joints. similar to Lincoln logs, make the joint so the joint won't move when tied down. Use appropriate looking cord to secure the fame together.

Step 3: Straps

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Pretty self explanatory, I used fabric scarps along with some more of the cotton cordage, and secured the straps to comfortable heights along the frame. Above you can see my two completed frames.

Step 4: Flags

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Flags are important to complete the look, adding a sense of slight ridiculousness. I spray painted a flag design and hung it on a pole which I tied to the backpack, using wire to keep the flag flying nicely without wind. I suggest raising it substantially above the wearer to ensure a cool look.

Step 5: Decorate

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This is the fun part. Grab all the shit you could think to look good to fit the era and tie it onto your backpack. Here are some ideas and suggestions:

Bedroll (this is #1, and i suggest brownish roll of cloth tied to the top or bottom of the frame)

Chest (an old timed wooden chest that you could somehow attach; I didn't have one of these)

Old leather bag ( I'm sure everyone has one of these lying around somewhere in the garage)

Basket/quiver (make sure any arrows are safely stored)

Sword/bow (again, thee can be/perceieved as weapons so make sure they're safe. in my case, i have a nerf sword and an unstrung actual bow)

Anything else that would look good and fit the theme, the actual movie backpacks have things like massive wooden boxes and even a small bench.

Step 6: Become Patsy (King Arthur's Squire)

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Now that you've finished, wear it around like a true squire. DO NOT FORGET THE COCONUTS. I will have/have an instructables on costume/attire shortly. above are images where i doubled up both frames and props to make it look even better. Thanks!


JohnE12 (author)2016-10-31

Ho Ho; I love it; thank you for a most entertaining 'ible. Voted!

allihew made it! (author)2016-10-31

Great instructable! I got tons of compliments on this one. I used a third stick down the middle to stabilize the frame.

thebrownie (author)allihew2016-10-31

Amazing! That looks wonderful! I'm happy you get to parade such a masterpiece around.

DaveH127 (author)2016-10-27

Where did you get the coconuts? How did they get there?

thebrownie (author)DaveH1272016-10-27

We found them. The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin
or the plumber may seek warmer climes in winter yet these are not
strangers to our land!

skylane (author)thebrownie2016-10-27

Are you suggesting that coconuts are "my grate eree"?

thebrownie (author)skylane2016-10-27

Not at all, they could be carried.

DaveH127 (author)thebrownie2016-10-28

It's a simple question of weight ratios. A 5 ounce bird cannot carry a 1 pound coconut.

DaveH127 (author)thebrownie2016-10-27

I found mine at Building19

thebrownie (author)DaveH1272016-10-27

I was quoting the holy grail there. You could use two bowls painted in the right color if you cannot find coconuts.

Eli9232 (author)thebrownie2016-10-28

many stores sell young cocanuts.

parisusa (author)2016-10-27

Monty Python: Timeless

ArticAkita (author)2016-10-27

I loved that movie especially the evil little white rabbit with the big pointy teelh! the holy hand gernade part was pretty interesting? you did an awesome Job! A++ on your squire pack! Voted! hope your group photo goes as awesome as your instructable!

thebrownie (author)ArticAkita2016-10-27

Thanks! The pictures turned out great, and I'm planning on a instructables on the group costume itself!.

pjkumpon (author)2016-10-25

This is the best costume idea I've seen in a long time! Great job!

thebrownie (author)pjkumpon2016-10-25

Thanks! Keep an eye out for my actual group costume vs prop instructables.

Wall-led (author)2016-10-25

Nice one! you definitely got my vote!

thebrownie (author)Wall-led2016-10-25


offseid (author)2016-10-24

Oh good, you remembered the coconuts. Got my vote! :D

thebrownie (author)offseid2016-10-24


ClenseYourPallet (author)2016-10-24

This is a fantastic prop!! You have a vote from me

Thanks! Keep a lookout for my group costume of the holy grail.

seamster (author)2016-10-24

I love this so much!

thebrownie (author)seamster2016-10-24

Thanks! feel free to leave me a vote in the halloween prop contest!

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