can someone make me a cool prop for an acton film?

Im making a film about a boy who loves danger and i cant find a really good cheap prop to use

Asked by sazmam 8 years ago


How to make a giant (12'x12' x 9 ' high) inside of a computer for my kids school.

Hi all, I need to figure out how to make a giant inside of a computer for a school project for my kids class.  I can get a 2"x4" frame for the entire space, but need ideas of how to decorate the inside of this giant box.    Any brilliant ideas on how to do this thing on a shoe-string budget? Thank you all for your brilliant ideas.  I am a worker, not creative!

Asked by tinkj 6 years ago


Halloween Props

Hi I need to get motion sensors to stop working in store bought Halloween props and have it run all the time its turned on? Can anyone Help Please???

Posted by TotalTnT 10 years ago


Making breakable props for theatrical plays

I am looking for someone in Los Angeles to build (or instruct me how to build) breakable props (like the bust they are showing now on this website.  I don't know how to do the plaster stuff.  Anyone?  Thank you!

Posted by mmmwright 3 years ago


Video game, Prop

Hey every body I was just looking for a new project to start working on,  and then it came to me I would leave it up to the internet. well what I want from y'all is just give me some ideas on what kind of props from video games or movies y'all would like to see.  Thanks Riverswamp

Posted by BadZombie 3 years ago


motor from small Halloween prop (toy)....any ideas? Answered

I have a small prop that is a bat that hangs from fishing line and flies in a circle. The wings got damaged, so I took it apart to look at the little motor. The bottom half of the bat body (see photos) has the battery case with the wires and motor on the other side, it also has led lights. The motor works fine when I turn it on and the lights work too. Can I use this for anything? Any ideas would be great. The motor is small and I dont know what kind it is, but the gears turn very fast. I thought it would be too small for anything, but the bat is actually quite heavy, so I should be able to use it for something Thx

Asked by projectworkout 7 years ago


How hard is epoxy wood filler? Answered

I've asked quite a few questions regarding prop building, as to try and get back to my project. Major issue is the VOC of body filler and fiberglass resin. However, I think I found a soultion to it. I was curious as to how hard epoxy wood filler is once cured. Is it something that (god forbid) if coated onto something, and said something is dropped, will the epoxy be damaged? How hard is it work with (ie, can I heat it up to make it 'thinner')? Thanks in advance! 

Asked by DoctorWoo 3 years ago


Love this site!!

Love this site. I have great fun with my son making many cool things. This site has also made me more aware of junk I used to just throw out that can be used to make cool stuff. Just had to finally say THANKS for the awesome site and contributor's. All my best. //rick//

Posted by rickdf 9 years ago


Reshaping Rondo'ed pepakura items? Answered

I've done some digging, and I keep getting mixed answers on this. I have a pepakura helmet I have been working on, and recently, I had the back end of it warp on me. I applied rondo (which is roughly 70% figerglass and 30% bondo) It warped while I had it sitting in my car on a rather hot day, so my hopes for fixing it are high.  However, I have already taken a heat gun to it (which did make it very flexible) to reshape it. However, it always returns back to it's original misshaped form. Am I just no applying enough heat to it? Or have I basically accidentally created a memory material? Thanks in advance! 

Asked by DoctorWoo 3 years ago


Need portal props

Need portal props

Posted by Loganbo 6 years ago


game prop ides??

I need to know how to make  some cheap easy game props, if anybody got a ide i would like to know (sorry aobut my grammer)

Asked by poopyjoe 5 years ago


Legend of Zelda Props?

Anyone know what Legend of Zelda stuff i should make? i want it to be easy and not too much time to make

Asked by FFVIIBOY 8 years ago


Airsoft props anyone?

Anyone have any smple airsoft props that can be made from things around the house? I made this last year:http://s423.photobucket.com/albums/pp314/Wraith45601/Chillicothe%20Airsoft/?action=view&current=Picture131.jpgYou can lock out the timer which makes for some interesting scenerios. (Locate the player with the key)

Posted by wraith39 9 years ago


I'm seeking ideas for building a prop exploding dynamite stick

Hi all, I'm building a prop dynamite stick that will "explode" onstage. It will be standing upright on a crate (so I can hide mechanisms in the crate) and will suddenly explode. I have a pyrotech license and can use gerbs to make a small fiery explosion but I'd like to SAFELY make the stick of dynamite explode into several pieces (foam???) without any risk of hurting anyone in the audience (this is because an actor will find and collect the pieces of dynamite later in the play). I'm seeking thoughts on how you guys might approach a build like this. Cheers! Damian

Asked by damianzuch 5 years ago


Keeping rosin (pine sap) hardened?

I just finished making a prop for halloween that involves melting down pine sap to make rosin. Everything went as planned except it slowly becomes misshapen if it is above 70 F  does anyone know of a way to keep the rosin hard?

Asked by bravoechonovember1 1 year ago


Does anyone know how to hack a motion sensor to work during the day?

I have a HEATH-ZENITH motion detector that I wired to an outlet for my shipwheel prop. Everything works great except it only works at night. Is there a way so that it will work round the clock?

Asked by dolphconn 9 years ago


Blog Help

Hello everybody I was wondering if y'all  could help me out. I made a blog and now I can't keep people interested, I don't know if it is the content I am a prop maker so that's most of it. or if it is the lay out, if any one has any suggestions please let me know  here is the link.  http://zombiedeerprops.blogspot.com/ Thanks, Riverswamp

Posted by BadZombie 3 years ago


Custom castings

Macaulay foundry is available for short run and one off castings in resin, fiberglass, aluminum, brass and iron. Please check us out at www.themacaulayfoundry.com or see us at www.youtube.com/macaulayman

Posted by macaulayman 9 years ago


Prop Help!!

Hi, I am working as a crew member for the musical Little Shop of Horrors. We need to trigger a confetti blast, a strobe and a sound clip to play with an 8th of second of each other. I was thinking of using a paintball gun (without paint balls) hooked up to a solenoid (or motor with a cam) linked to a computer controlled relay. The plan would be is to use a some wading to launch the confetti out of the gun and have the strobe only blink once right as the sound was triggered. Also we are not allowed to use real pyrotechnics because the madison fire department sucks (safety first, i know). So I guess we could use ether a paintball gun, or an air compressor that is located off stage with a really long line. Also it needs to all fit on a cart the size of a bed side table. So, how should we control them? Computer controlled relay or something else? Also if possible we would like to make the whole thing go off remotely. Either using RF or inferred. Worst case scenario is a small wire that singers/dance wont trip over and die. All suggestions and comments are welcome!! Please comment with any ideas no matter how simple of difficult!! Thanks in advance.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Joe Rowley

Posted by joejoerowley 10 years ago


Goodbye to Instructables

Thanks for all the people that have supported me with my robots builds over the years and offered some very encouraging comments. I am always willing to help out with ideas where I can and will continue building things for many years to come. Unfortunately a few individuals have chosen to target me and my work taking my work and calling it their own. The work they are using is clearly being lifted directly from this site. This leaves me with no choice but to delete my account. For those that are interested I am sure you have already visited my website where you will be able to keep up to date with my work. Podpadstudios.co.uk

Posted by DELETED_podpadstudios 2 years ago


Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

So my office goes –ALL OUT- for Halloween. Everyone dresses up, each team chooses a theme, and decorates as if they’re filming a blockbuster movie. There are prizes, sure, but everyone just wants bragging rights for a year. In the 3 years I’ve worked here, my team has won 2 out of 3, and I’ve won best costume at least once (had to throw that out there; bragging rights, ya know). Anyway, this year my team and I really want to do Honey, I Shrunk The Kids theme with a huge ant, huge grass, etc. But I am unable to find any instructions or similar projects online to help with ANY of these things. I am needing: instructions and/or ideas. Get creative for a moment and give me some ideas that we can use to turn our gray, cubicled area into a HISTK set. Thanks in advance!

Posted by mmryan720 5 years ago


Circuits and clothing at conventions: anything to look out for?

I've been working on a pair of working Daft Punk helmets for some time now. I am working on the electronics for it now, and I'm designing a systems to let me wear the helmets drivers and batteries without having to have a backpack that would cover up the hard work I did on a jacket (shameless plug is shameless). Anyway, I've settled on a custom vest with pockets to store all the needed bits and bobs. However, if I wear just the vest (from the plans I have so far) I get the feeling someone might think it's some sort of bomb. While I have no intention of removing my jacket (as to try and keep the inner working under wraps) I am concerned that if I do remove the jackets, someone might get startled at a convention. As I have never personally been to a convention, and I plan to start going on them much more, I was curious if anyone has dealings with stuff of this nature. And, if they do, if there is anything I can do to ensure nothing as bad as someone yelling "bomb" at me (maybe get it checked as a weapon?). Either way, this is something I need to consider before I actually start making the control vest, so if I need to modify the design, I can.  Also: I do know that most conventions have certain guidelines to them. Again, I have yet to go to any, and plan to go to them more often. Due to this, I want to know what the most strict set of rules would be, and follow those. Although, the strictest I have seen is peace-bonding weapons, nothing regarding clothing.  Thanks in advance! 

Asked by DoctorWoo 3 years ago


Homemade Dr. Who Props

How come it seems like there aren't to many homemade Dr. Who props on the net?

Posted by magnaryu 8 years ago



Can we get a channel for costuming?

There's a lot of costuming content on this site, and from what I can tell there are only two channels that currently contain these instructables; halloween and props. Some of the costumes aren't really "props", and "halloween" (1.) includes all kinds of non-costume related things and (2.) doesn't really cover costumes for cosplaying or larping or whatever other reason you might have for dressing up. I love costuming and I want to suggest a channel specifically for costumes, costume accessories, and the like. That way if anyone wants to look at costume ideas they don't have to sift through hundreds of ways to decorate your house for halloween. ::EDIT:: It appears a channel has been added for costuming since I asked this question. Thanks Instructables!

Asked by The Rambler 6 years ago


Coil Gun / Grappling Hook.

Hey Everyone!  I am kind of an amatuer prop designer and I've recently been taken with pocket sized coil guns. My question is quite simple: I would like to know what disposable camera (brand) contains an LED indicator that flashes/turns on when the capacitor is fully charged? I've seen one such disposable camera used in this post: https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Coil-Gum/ I would love to know the exact brand or alternatives.  I would really appreciate any and all help and would love to post the resulting product. 

Posted by notnowmyheadhurts 3 years ago


What props/armor are a must-make in the DIY world?

I'm currently looking towards making something like weapons, armors, etc., specifically those with origins from movies, cartoons, video games, etc. Other than the ones everyone does such as Halo, Iron Man, knight armor, etc. what other armor, weapons, or accessories are a must-make or just plain awesome? Think along the lines of something like the Batman gauntlet, except from movies (or something) that are old but still remembered and cool. Also thinking of a long term project of a chiken-walker mech costume, exoskeleton costume (NOT Iron Man), or AT-RT. What do you think?

Asked by D00M99 7 years ago


Star Wars Landspeeder Build question? Answered

Hello, I occasionally make simple props for a guy with an events company. He is the most unorganised man that I have ever met but manages to pull it all together in the end and I love the chaos of working with him. This time he wants a Landspeeder; he is going to buy an electric car of some sort and we will strip it and build on it. At first I thought that he wanted a faithful replica and showed him this; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij4l2l1LsmI It was the only useful thing that I could find on the internet and shows a replica that took a professional six weeks using fibre glass. He agrees that we will not manage that in the timespan and that the measurements will depend on the car that he has not bought yet. I know that he will just turn up and say " we have a weekend to do this; any ideas ? " It's the nacelles that I am interested in; as a quick build, I think three plywood discs, wooden strut supports and a metal skin, as shown; and then use that shape as a base Any better ideas or better still, is there anything out there in the world that could be appropriated; like a plastic IKEA planter for example ? Thanks FOH He also wants a hover motor bike in the same weekend.

Asked by FriendOfHumanity 2 years ago


Prop Harpoon gun

I need some suggestions on how to make a realistic-ish harpoon gun. Please...

Posted by JerBear 10 years ago



What is a good material for making prop guns?

I've been getting into prop making and want to try my hands at it. I'm rather handy and time and detail don't bother me.

Asked by Thegreatwombat 7 years ago



Halloween Props

What do you think the best Halloween props? I know everyone has different tastes but I just generally want to know what you all think.

Posted by YaroslavD 2 years ago


How can I make a fake bullet? Answered

It should not be functional or harmful in any way.

Asked by jediwhiz3 6 years ago


How to make Soul Gem and Staff Props from Skyrim?

I was planning on being a Skyrim Mage for Halloween this year and I wanted to make some soul gems and a staff, but I have no Idea on how to do so. Any ideas?

Asked by spn_phoenix_92 6 years ago


The BillCitrus prop and costume making forum.

HI I'm Bill-Citrus! I'm almost 15 and I design, build, and film with props and costumes! I have learned a lot about these things for about 4 years now, and I was hoping that YOU guys, in this wonderful community, could help me learn more! I love to help people. I love to get suggestions. I love to share knowledge. so if anyone has a good idea for a protect, please post it! Support a fellow maker and share what you know! I am always making new things and could use some good input! LET THE SHARING BEGIN!!!  

Posted by billcitrus 1 year ago


How can I make steel rust quickly to make movie props?

I want to make things out of steel and then coat them in an oxidizing agent of some sort so that they are covered in surface rust and look really aged.

Asked by j626no 9 years ago


Using resin on duct tape?

So I'm building my first prop and I have a lot of duct tape used... and I mean A LOT, so I was planning on putting a layer of resin on it. But my question is would the resin work with the duct tape or would I have to put another layer of something before I can put the resin.

Asked by thatguy2137 4 years ago


im planning to make rapunzel's tower from tangled, im going to use a wood frame and chicken wire, need plaster ? answred

Im planning to make rapunzel's tower from tangled, im going to use a wood frame and chicken wire . what is the best way or how do i keep the plaster from falling through the wire? should i wrap the frame in something before i plaster over the chicken wire?

Asked by darkside3131 6 years ago


Explosives

I am going to be filming an action film soon and I need to some explosives to use in some shots. Anybody know how to make some? I can get pottasum and all that stuff I just don't know how to make it. I also need an electric fuse so it can be set off manually not by having to wait. So if any one knows how to make that too.  I was going to use black powder but wondered if there is a better way. It will be covered with dirt to make a dirt explosion not all fiery. 

Posted by Mr-Napkin 4 years ago


Could someone post an 'ible on making a prop of Emile's kukri from Halo: Reach?

Look at the title. A prop, preferably realistic, specs, blah blah blah.  "I'm ready! How 'bout you!"

Posted by black hole 5 years ago


what dc character prop should i make?

I need help with inspiration for my next DC character prop.  I have already made baterangs, wing dings, and nightwing's escrima sticks (still working on the ibles).  Im looking for maybe a prop from a villain.  i need some help with inspiration... please help.

Posted by anoos5 2 years ago


Fallout 3 weapon props

These Fallout 3 weapons by Ryan Palser are sweet. The attention to detail is fantastic and the whole project is awe-inspiring. Check out the Flickr set for many more shots of the props and the build process. A3-21 Plasma Rifle via MAKE

Posted by fungus amungus 7 years ago



how do i make a prop detonator?

I want one that has a key switch to unlock a cover that protects the "big red button" and maybe other switchy switches

Asked by ninja of darkness 9 years ago


Prop building using Pink Foam sheets?

Found out that Pink Foam is used in building signs,grave stones "beloved tombstone" and other props. they showed examples but lacked the how to's need to know more besides a dremel tool what else can you use with this foam. can you treat it like wood carve patterns in to the foam?

Asked by Eyewondery 8 years ago


Making steampunk weapons and costumes/clothing; can anybody help? Answered

'Allo, I'm Jehosephat, a veteran modder/weapons constructor.I am a recent steampunk/cyberpunk fan and I need help from all you blokes & lasses.I have an idea for a costume design that is mainly to be a (ominous music)>>>Steampunk Vampire Hunterso I do need help on coordinating clothing, gadgets & weapons.If anyone can give a good reference to a reasonably-priced online clothing store (US prefably), or a simple make-it-yourself, I would be more than grateful (for me and the needle are enemies).As far as props go, I would prefer not to use real copper/brass, glass, or metal.Reason is I was inspired by gmjhowe shotgun design, for it looks professional, is cheap, and uses everyday items (and simply I thought it looked spectacular)If anyone can use similar non-expensive materials to make proffesional-looking props & gadgets, please send me a message.Regards, Jehosephat

Asked by Jehosephat 8 years ago


Is there a way to search by key words? It seems that you have to scroll through every project.

I am trying to find project how-to's but don't want to scroll through 55 pages of halloween projects to find what I'm looking for.  Is there a search box somewhere I haven't found?

Asked by lkaplan1 6 years ago


Any ideas for cheap, interesting prop/set design pieces for a live action role playing game? Answered

Live Action Game will include Vampires, werewolves, Fae, and mages. Sounds incredibly geeky I know and maybe it is, but it is also a blast! This will be for a semi-large live action game of 100 - 200+ people and we're trying to come up with some cool set/prop designs for general room/stage atmosphere but have a small budget, limited tools when it comes to saws or power tools (though we have more than 6 months before the day they are needed so we have time and plenty of hands to help).  We do have several great artists working with us and a lot of creative crafty people but are only beginning to brainstorm possible ideas so I figured I'd ask for some suggestions from some of the web's cleverest DIYers. This is much like setting a stage for a theatre performance. Our convention space is pretty large and we have multiple large (think ballroom sized) rooms available to put our set in. Other requirements for pieces: Fairly light  so we can move the items pretty easy (the game will be taking place in a convention space that we do not own). Ideally pieces could be broken down some for easy transportation and storage Would be great if some of the pieces had some versatility so we could use them in multiple venues (ie main structure, that can have things that can be switched out for other things is awesome for some of the pieces, like something covered with a canvas painted scene that can be switched out for a different canvas scene or similar idea) Nothing that is permanet or requires drilling into a wall/floor etc as the space is not ours and is rented Nothing that is on fire or requires fire. Nothing too complex for the average person to put together and take down Safety is a concern I would be interested in hearing any ideas or being pointed to websites for inspiration or instructions on creating these kinds of stage/prop pieces. Thanks in advance for any ideas!

Asked by Sindarr 8 years ago


How can I create a large banana peel that looks real? A baby will go inside.

I would like to have an infant photo session where the new baby is in the banana peel.  I am having a hard time coming up with something that will look real enough and be flexible for a baby to go in. My first thought was fabric, but That will not look as real as I would like.  Can anyone help me?

Asked by stingingnettle 6 years ago