Introduction: 10 Dollar Cardboard Stormbreaker

I made this cardboard Stormbreaker for under 10 dollars! It was a lot of fun, and it looks really cool after it is finished. (especially for being made out of just cardboard and duct tape.) For the handle I used a real tree branch and grape vines, which give it a much more authentic look. The neatest thing about this though, is that you can do a lot of variations on Stormbreaker, using just one simple design. Get creative, and add decorative trim, a real metal head, or even lightning!


  • Cardboard
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Poster board
  • Duct tape
  • Silver spray paint
  • 2 inch screws
  • 1/4 inch washers
  • Impact driver
  • Drill
  • Gorilla glue
  • Copper wire
  • Clamps
  • Tree branch (3 feet long by 1-1/2 inches thick)
  • Grape vines
  • JB weld /wood weld
  • 5 gallon pail

Step 1: Constructing the Template and Finding Reference Images

Using a printer and computer, increase the size of the template, until the head is 19.3 inches in length. Trace the template onto poster board.

I have provided reference images, but you may want more.

Step 2: Cutting the Pieces for the Head

Using the template you made in the last step, draw all of the pieces for the head, onto cardboard. Cut them all out, and then curve the edges of the axe head and sides of the hammer. (as shown in picture 2)

Step 3: Assembling the Head

Using duct tape, assemble all of the head pieces. Be sure to leave a hole in the center of the head, to insert the handle. Then thoroughly cover the head in duct tape, to increase its strength and durability.

Step 4: Painting the Head

Spray paint the entire head with metallic silver spray paint. You may have to prime it first, to get the paint to stick to the duct tape.

Step 5: Adding the Handle

To attach the handle, slide it into the head. Glue it in place with gorilla glue. Then on either side of the head, drill two holes. Place a small amount of glue into the holes, and then insert a 2 inch screw, with a 1/4 inch washer. Then I added a small spray-painted cardboard panel to either side of the head, to conceal the screws.

Step 6: Adding the Vines

Take 3 grape vines, and let them soak in a 5 gallon pail, for forty-eight hours. Bend them around the head, and then secure them in place with copper wire. Place JB weld in ring around the vines. When it is fully dry, wrap copper wire around the handle slightly below the vines, and then up and around the vines, to create a smooth transition. then cover the copper wire and the bottom of the vines in tree bark, and adhere it in place with gorilla glue.

Step 7: Finished Prop

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