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How to Make a Prop Cocktail or Rather a 'Proptail'

This year in the show I have been asked to produce two cocktails on a tray, now, a lot of theaters don't like actual liquids on stage, so i decided to play around with glue and paint until i came up with something that looked vaguely like a cocktail...

In this Instructable, i will show you the steps I took to make two props which my not look like any cocktail i have ever drank... but certainly something i would consider drinking. Again apologies to those who follow my Ible feed, this is yet another project where i do not possess pictures of the finished article... my camera died during manufacture, so you shall have to make do with what few pictures i have, you get the idea of it i suppose.

If you like it rate it if you make one show me




What you will need:

  • A glass
  • Paint
  • PVA Glue
  • Paint Brush
  • Something like a bowl to mix your paint in
  • Various cocktail decorations (eg paper umbrellas, straws etc)

Optional extra: Paper mache Pineapple ring

  • Craft knife or Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil or pen
  • Cardboard
  • Tissue paper
  • (something round to draw around)

Stirred Not Shaken

set your cocktail glass to one side, you must first mix your paint with a small amount of PVA glue, this aids the paint to stick to the smooth glass surface...

Lay It on Thick

Paint your glue and paint mix onto the inside of your cocktail glass, you may need to either lay it on thick or add a few coats... Because i did layered drinks i layed it on thick, which led to the colours running like an ordinary drink would do... however, this will take AGES to dry, be warned

Wipe Off Any Excess Splodges

Do what it says on the title...;)

Add Second or Even Third Colour Layer

As with both proptails i added a second colour, this worked well for the pink cocktail, not so much with the purple and green one... oh well we live and learn, i think i may have been too soon with adding the second thick layer of paint, perhaps leaving it to dry would help

Is It Finished?

once your paint is dry feel free to add any cocktail decorations you think suit the design, here i just simply added a paper parasol to finish off the drink, which i hot melt glued to the glass.

The green and purple one eventually ended up with a mock pineapple ring, two umbrellas and a few straws, but i have no pictures of that

Optional Extra

as mentioned at the beginning this is where i began to loose my photo's, i have the pics of me making the pineapple ring, but none of the finished article nor the completed cocktail... i am trying to find one though from the performance.

here's a brief into how i made it:

  • Firstly cut two circles out of cardboard
  • Cut the circles into a C shape, but square off the outer edge like a pineapple
  • Glue both C sections together
  • Papier mache
  • Add paint

simple as sin no?

Now all you need to do is affix it to your cocktail


I promise as soon as i find pictures of them being used in the performance i shall post them here, i loathe not having pictures to show off what i have done but i can't help hardware failures, hopefully this may come of use to someone at a later stage. we shall see...




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