The sport of cricket is played using a bat that is broad and flat. It is used to redirect balls that are bowled at the batsman before they can reach the wicket. While a carved wood bat is advisable for play in a cricket match, if you need a cricket bat for use as a part of a costume, such as for a Halloween or play prop, you can make your own cheap bat out of a wood stake and some cardboard.
Draw a rectangle on the cardboard, 4 1/2 inches wide and 22 inches long. This is the outline for the head section of the bat, to which a stake handle will later be attached.
Draw a horizontal line across the rectangle, 1/2 inch from one 4 1/2-inch edge, and a second line 1 inch from the other end.
Draw a rounded tip to the bat, starting at one end of the line 1/2 inch from the end of the rectangle, curving up to touch the edge of the rectangle, centered across the 4 1/2-inch width, then back down to meet the other end of the 4 1/2-inch line.
Draw a pair of dots on the other edge of the rectangle -- the end where you drew a line 1 inch away from the edge of the rectangle. Make these 1 1/2 inch in from each 22-inch side of the rectangle.
Draw an arc from the left end of the line 1 inch from the end of the rectangle down to the left dot, and a second arc from the right end of the line to the right dot. This marks off the narrow neck section of the bat.
Cut out the rectangle, then trim the rectangle to shape by cutting around the rounded shapes drawn on the rectangle. You will be left with the head of the bat, with a broad rounded tip at one end and a neck that narrows in, and with small arc shapes at the other end.
Trace the shape on the cardboard and cut out the second side of the bat.
Cut the point off the stake, then lay the stake flat atop one cardboard piece so the stake extends 11 inches below the neck of the cardboard bat. Secure with glue.
Cut cardboard strips as thick as your stake, with two strips as long as the flat sides, one strip as long as the rounded arc, and two strips as long as the arcs cut out for the neck.
Glue the strips to the perimeter edge of the cardboard bat shape.
Cut cardboard braces, thin strips of cardboard running from the wall of the bat to the stake, and glue around the perimeter of the stake every 2 to 3 inches.
Place glue atop the stake and the sides of the cardboard pieces that are facing up, then press the second bat piece down to complete the bat shape.
Trace the bat onto the contact paper, cut out the paper and secure to the face of the bat to make a wood grain finish.
Cut five pieces of cardboard to match the dimensions of your stake and glue together to create a butt cap that is 1 inch long.
Glue the cap to the end of the stake.
Wrap around the butt cap and the exposed stake with tape to make the grip.