How to Make The Holy Grail from Indiana Jones

by Stephen
Indiana Jones Holy Grail DIY

Hello! I’m Stephen and I like to make cardboard costumes and props. 

Today I’m using a cardboard pizza box and scrap paper to make the Holy Grail from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It’s such an awesome prop that I decided to try out a new technique – stacking the cardboard! I’ll admit, the actual prop is a little higher, but I’m still happy with it! If you want yours to be more screen accurate….add 2 more pieces to the stem and then about 4 more pieces of piece #45 right on top.

Anyway, check out the video and steps below!



Steps to Make The Holy Grail from Indiana Jones:

  1. Print the template.
  2. Tape all of the pieces onto corrugated cardboard.
  3. Use scissors and/or utility knife to cut out all of the pieces. Make sure to label each piece with its number from the template.
  4. Starting with piece #1, stack the pieces, add glue between each piece. Make sure the pieces are lined up in the center and not lopsided.
  5. Allow it to dry completely.
  6. Cover in paper mache. Paper mache is just flour mixed with water and a little glue. Use the scrap paper from printing/cutting out the template pieces.
  7. Once the paper mache dries, give the grail a light sanding just to smooth away some of the bigger bumps. 
  8. Paint:
    • Outside:
      • Paint with brown craft paint. Keep the paint job messy…ie some of the white paper mache can poke through.
      • Add some swipes of rusty red (this is just red mixed with a little brown).
      • Add some gold craft paint.
      • Lightly brush over the entire cup with white craft pant and add some flecks of gold on top of the white.
      • While this layer of paint is still wet, dust the cup with baby powder to make it look dusty.
    • Inside:
      • Paint the inside of the cup with light gold craft paint. Alternatively, you could use gold leaf or metallic gold duct tape or foil, if you have it.
  9. Once the inside is painted gold, the cup officially becomes the Holy Grail from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Enjoy!


**prints out on regular US Letter paper – 8.5 x 11 inch **