This years haunted garage theme is THE HAUNTED CIRCUS....
This is the first new prop for this year the Clown Mallet.
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Step 1: Supplies
Excuse the mess....
Five gallon bucket
1-1/2 pvc (or 1-3/4)
PVC caps and coupling
Neon spray paint and I used some metal colors as well
Something to cut off the top of the bucket (I used a reciprocating saw)
Paddle drill bit or hole saw
Step 2: Prepping the Mallet Head
Using a reciprocating saw I cut along the top edge of the bucket.
The edge helps to guide the blade as well to make a straight cut.
Next sand the top to remove ruff edges and level the bucket.
I also sanded off the wording on the bottom and lowered the ring in the center.
Step 3: Hole for the Handle
Measure mid way up the bucket and Drill/cut a hole.
I drilled mine a little small and used and exacto knife to trim the hole
I wanted a super snug fit.
Pushing the PVC through and elongating the bucket you can mark the opposite side
Step 4: Cutting the PVC
I placed the ring back on the bucket, this forced the bucket to be round, allowing me to measure me side to side distance. I also measured the distance I needed for the fittings.
Once cut I assembled the pieces to ensure a snug fit. (yes I had to do it twice cause the first one was too short)
I also cut the handle to a random length that felt good to hold
Step 5: Painting
I used a hammered metal paint for the fittings
Plastic primer for the bucket ( I placed onto another bucket so I could rotate it easier to paint
I focused on neon colors so it will shine under a black light
Did kind of a drum design on the Mallet head with a pink base covered with orange and silver
The handle is gold base then a tape spiral, then green, another tape spiral then neon yellow
Let them all set over night, then peel tape (may take one night between coats)
Tip on the handle: V-notch a couple of paint caps and it will hold it up off the table and keep it from rolling around
Step 6: Assemble
Press fit your pieces together or glue them (should be tight with all the paint on them)
Now smack some stuff.
I left one end open so I can place items on the table or ground and make them appear smashed and gone when I smack them. Also it makes a louder thump when hitting things. The open end can be taped over and painted.
Hope you guys enjoy this one. there are more coming for this year.
Participated in the
Halloween Props Contest