Shotgun Shell Prop Tutorial
If you’re needing shotgun shell props for a show or a cosplay, this is one of the quickest, simplest props that I’ve ever created. After having my students work in their interactive notebooks, I had an abundance of empty Glue Sticks and was curious as to what I could create from them. It occurred to me that glue sticks look remarkably like shotgun shells.
Step 1: Paint
Begin by separating the cap from the stick. Then you’ll want to paint the long portion burgundy. While this dries, spray paint the caps gold. Once dry, add a dab of E-6000 into the cap and put the two pieces back together.
*Pro Tip: Spray painting in a shoe box will help control your over spray. It will also help contain round objects that might roll. The box is also handy for keeping your project together.
Step 2: Details
To give the shotgun shell a bit of detail, with a cloth, rub a small amount of Black Shoe Polish into the grooves and onto the shaft.
Step 3: Optional Details
Another detail that you can add is a washer to the cap using E-6000. If you choose to do this, do so before painting. Also, for the open end of the glue stick, prior to painting, you can cut a circle from cardboard to insert and hot glue into place.
I hope that this shotgun shell prop tutorial has been inspiring and comes out as quickly and easily for you as it did for me. Happy prop making!