As any cosplayer knows, finding the perfect cosplay prop is nearly impossible. Now, as cosplay has gotten more popular in the Western world, more and more places are popping up with with cheaply produced props. The props lack the detail and finesse that is apparent in anime or manga. Most of the time they cost more as well.
Building your own props will allow for creative design and freedom. You are able to build with a variety of materials and designs. You are able to add in the small details which score you major geek points (and awesome points) at conventions. The amount of money and time spent on each prop will depends on the prop itself. Larger and more intricate props can take more time and money. But, you will get the admiration of many anime fans when they hear the word â€œhandmade.â€?