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Disney

Astrid's Battle Axe

Created by
Ellie G.
Build time
1 day
Budget
<$100
Skill level
Intermediate
Description

Create Astrid's dougle-edged battle axe from How to Train Your Dragon 2!

Tools required
  • Craft knife
  • Glue gun
  • Paintbrushes

skills required
  • Ability to use a blade safely
images for inspiration
No images available
Supply list
Part Description
Costume section
est. Cost
Part description
Wooden broom handle
costume section
Est. Cost
$3
Part description
Construction paper
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
Trifold cardboard poster
costume section
Est. Cost
$13
Part description
Masking tape
costume section
Est. Cost
$2
Part description
Tissue paper
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
Acrylic gesso
costume section
Est. Cost
$15
Part description
1x can of light grey metallic spray paint
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
1x can of dark grey metallic spray paint
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
Pink acrylic paint
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
Blue acrylic paint
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
1x 1" styrofoam ball
costume section
Est. Cost
$4
Part description
10x small round metal studs
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
Strips of faux fur
costume section
Est. Cost
$10
Guide
  1. Fold a large piece of construction paper in half. You might want to tapea few pieces of construction paper together if the sheets are small.
  2. Trace one half of the axe onto the construction paper using a marker tocreate a template.
  3. Cut the construction paper along the line and unfold.
  4. Trace the template onto the trifold cardboard poster board four (4) times.Try to minimize excess cardboard around each profile so that all four piecesfit.
  5. Cut all four cardboard axe pieces using a sharp craft knife.
  6. Tape two pieces of cardboard together to create a symmetrical double-edgedaxe. Repeat for the other set.
  7. Cut the craft tube to match the length of the seam between double-axe pieces.
  8. Tape the craft tube to one of the double-axe pieces and tape the otherdouble-axe piece on top to sandwich the tube.
  9. Use small strips of tape to “close” around the perimeter of the double-axeblade, securing the two cardboard halves together. Make sure to overlap the tapestrips where the cardboard halves separate in the middle section of thedouble-axe. Do not completely “close” the axe for Step 10. Do not cover thetube openings.  
  10. Stuff tissue paper into both sides of the double axe to provide lightweightrigidity, then finish taping the axe closed.
  11. Paint the entire axe with three (3) layers of acrylic gesso to smooth outthe tape and provide a clean painting surface.
  12. Spray paint the body of the axe in dark grey, starting at the centerof the axe and moving outward to create a gradient effect at the edges. Don’tforget to paint the edges of the axe.
  13. Spray paint the edges of the axe in light grey, blending withthe dark grey.
  14. Trace and cut two center pieces for the axe.
  15. Paint one side of each center piece with a dark, metallic grey paint.Paint the edges as well.
  16. Use the same dark-grey metallic paint to paint the body of the axe startingat the center and blending outward with a washcloth. Don’t forget to paint theedges of the axe.
  17. Glue the center pieces to either side of the axe.
  18. Use masking tape to mark the “ribbons” at the center of the axe. Repeatthe same pattern on both sides – two wide vertical lines with an “X” throughthe middle. Make sure to wrap the tape around the edges.
  19. Paint the tape with a small, detail brush in pink and blue to create theribbon effect.
  20. Glue the Styrofoam ball to the top of the axe (at one end of the crafttube). Make sure it is glued securely.
  21. Paint the Styrofoam ball with dark metallic paint.
  22. Use a craft knife to cut lines at the edges of the blade (and on thebody) to simulate wear and tear.
  23. Paint the cuts with black acrylic paint.
  24. Use a pen to mark the rivet locations along the center pieces.
  25. Push the rivets into the cardboard at the marks.
  26. Secure the broom handle to the axe by gluing the handle tube. Use tape tofurther stabilize the handle to the axe.
  27. Decorate the handle with strips of faux fur, hot gluing in place. Alignfur location where you would naturally hold the axe.
Guide
  1. Fold a large piece of construction paper in half. You might want to tapea few pieces of construction paper together if the sheets are small.
  2. Trace one half of the axe onto the construction paper using a marker tocreate a template.
  3. Cut the construction paper along the line and unfold.
  4. Trace the template onto the trifold cardboard poster board four (4) times.Try to minimize excess cardboard around each profile so that all four piecesfit.
  5. Cut all four cardboard axe pieces using a sharp craft knife.
  6. Tape two pieces of cardboard together to create a symmetrical double-edgedaxe. Repeat for the other set.
  7. Cut the craft tube to match the length of the seam between double-axe pieces.
  8. Tape the craft tube to one of the double-axe pieces and tape the otherdouble-axe piece on top to sandwich the tube.
  9. Use small strips of tape to “close” around the perimeter of the double-axeblade, securing the two cardboard halves together. Make sure to overlap the tapestrips where the cardboard halves separate in the middle section of thedouble-axe. Do not completely “close” the axe for Step 10. Do not cover thetube openings.  
  10. Stuff tissue paper into both sides of the double axe to provide lightweightrigidity, then finish taping the axe closed.
  11. Paint the entire axe with three (3) layers of acrylic gesso to smooth outthe tape and provide a clean painting surface.
  12. Spray paint the body of the axe in dark grey, starting at the centerof the axe and moving outward to create a gradient effect at the edges. Don’tforget to paint the edges of the axe.
  13. Spray paint the edges of the axe in light grey, blending withthe dark grey.
  14. Trace and cut two center pieces for the axe.
  15. Paint one side of each center piece with a dark, metallic grey paint.Paint the edges as well.
  16. Use the same dark-grey metallic paint to paint the body of the axe startingat the center and blending outward with a washcloth. Don’t forget to paint theedges of the axe.
  17. Glue the center pieces to either side of the axe.
  18. Use masking tape to mark the “ribbons” at the center of the axe. Repeatthe same pattern on both sides – two wide vertical lines with an “X” throughthe middle. Make sure to wrap the tape around the edges.
  19. Paint the tape with a small, detail brush in pink and blue to create theribbon effect.
  20. Glue the Styrofoam ball to the top of the axe (at one end of the crafttube). Make sure it is glued securely.
  21. Paint the Styrofoam ball with dark metallic paint.
  22. Use a craft knife to cut lines at the edges of the blade (and on thebody) to simulate wear and tear.
  23. Paint the cuts with black acrylic paint.
  24. Use a pen to mark the rivet locations along the center pieces.
  25. Push the rivets into the cardboard at the marks.
  26. Secure the broom handle to the axe by gluing the handle tube. Use tape tofurther stabilize the handle to the axe.
  27. Decorate the handle with strips of faux fur, hot gluing in place. Alignfur location where you would naturally hold the axe.
Description

Create Astrid's dougle-edged battle axe from How to Train Your Dragon 2!

Tools required
  • Craft knife
  • Glue gun
  • Paintbrushes

skills required
  • Ability to use a blade safely
images for inspiration
No images available
Supply list
Part Description
Costume section
est. Cost
Part description
Wooden broom handle
costume section
Est. Cost
$3
Part description
Construction paper
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
Trifold cardboard poster
costume section
Est. Cost
$13
Part description
Masking tape
costume section
Est. Cost
$2
Part description
Tissue paper
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
Acrylic gesso
costume section
Est. Cost
$15
Part description
1x can of light grey metallic spray paint
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
1x can of dark grey metallic spray paint
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
Pink acrylic paint
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
Blue acrylic paint
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
1x 1" styrofoam ball
costume section
Est. Cost
$4
Part description
10x small round metal studs
costume section
Est. Cost
$5
Part description
Strips of faux fur
costume section
Est. Cost
$10
Guide
  1. Fold a large piece of construction paper in half. You might want to tapea few pieces of construction paper together if the sheets are small.
  2. Trace one half of the axe onto the construction paper using a marker tocreate a template.
  3. Cut the construction paper along the line and unfold.
  4. Trace the template onto the trifold cardboard poster board four (4) times.Try to minimize excess cardboard around each profile so that all four piecesfit.
  5. Cut all four cardboard axe pieces using a sharp craft knife.
  6. Tape two pieces of cardboard together to create a symmetrical double-edgedaxe. Repeat for the other set.
  7. Cut the craft tube to match the length of the seam between double-axe pieces.
  8. Tape the craft tube to one of the double-axe pieces and tape the otherdouble-axe piece on top to sandwich the tube.
  9. Use small strips of tape to “close” around the perimeter of the double-axeblade, securing the two cardboard halves together. Make sure to overlap the tapestrips where the cardboard halves separate in the middle section of thedouble-axe. Do not completely “close” the axe for Step 10. Do not cover thetube openings.  
  10. Stuff tissue paper into both sides of the double axe to provide lightweightrigidity, then finish taping the axe closed.
  11. Paint the entire axe with three (3) layers of acrylic gesso to smooth outthe tape and provide a clean painting surface.
  12. Spray paint the body of the axe in dark grey, starting at the centerof the axe and moving outward to create a gradient effect at the edges. Don’tforget to paint the edges of the axe.
  13. Spray paint the edges of the axe in light grey, blending withthe dark grey.
  14. Trace and cut two center pieces for the axe.
  15. Paint one side of each center piece with a dark, metallic grey paint.Paint the edges as well.
  16. Use the same dark-grey metallic paint to paint the body of the axe startingat the center and blending outward with a washcloth. Don’t forget to paint theedges of the axe.
  17. Glue the center pieces to either side of the axe.
  18. Use masking tape to mark the “ribbons” at the center of the axe. Repeatthe same pattern on both sides – two wide vertical lines with an “X” throughthe middle. Make sure to wrap the tape around the edges.
  19. Paint the tape with a small, detail brush in pink and blue to create theribbon effect.
  20. Glue the Styrofoam ball to the top of the axe (at one end of the crafttube). Make sure it is glued securely.
  21. Paint the Styrofoam ball with dark metallic paint.
  22. Use a craft knife to cut lines at the edges of the blade (and on thebody) to simulate wear and tear.
  23. Paint the cuts with black acrylic paint.
  24. Use a pen to mark the rivet locations along the center pieces.
  25. Push the rivets into the cardboard at the marks.
  26. Secure the broom handle to the axe by gluing the handle tube. Use tape tofurther stabilize the handle to the axe.
  27. Decorate the handle with strips of faux fur, hot gluing in place. Alignfur location where you would naturally hold the axe.

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