How to Make a Roman Spear for Children

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How to Make a Roman Spear for Children
Roman soldiers used their shields to protect them from their enemies weapons. ( Images)

In Roman times, soldiers carried three weapons into battle, the pilum -- a long spear to throw at the enemy--, a shield to protect himself and a gladius -- a shorter spear for thrusting. A homemade pilum is the perfect accessory for a child pretending to be a Roman soldier in a theatre production or for a masquerade party. This gives the child a fierce and noble look as he walks around in his costume.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wooden dowel (3 feet in length)
  • Aluminium foil
  • Black electrical tape
  • Wooden yardstick (optional)

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  1. 1

    Draw a narrow triangle- shaped arrow onto the piece of cardboard with a pencil. It should be approximately 9 inches from the top to the bottom and about 5 inches wide at the base of the triangle.

  2. 2

    Cut the triangle shape out with a pair of scissors. Use the shape as a template to draw another identical shape that is the same size on the cardboard and cut it out.

  3. 3

    Glue the triangle shape to one end of a wooden dowel with the pointed end facing away from the dowel. Use a hot glue gun to attach it. Hold the shape in place for a few seconds to allow the glue to dry.

  4. 4

    Flip the spear over and glue the other triangle shape to the other side of the dowel rod directly over the other spear shape.

  5. 5

    Tear off a sheet of aluminium foil.

  6. 6

    Wrap it around the triangle shapes to create a shiny arrow tip. This gives the spear a look of steel.

  7. 7

    Wind black electrical tape around the handle of the spear so it looks like leather. Put it down the dowel rod approximately 9 to 12 inches to allow both hands to fit on the leather-looking grip. Roman soldiers spears often had a black leather grip on the handle. (see ref 1 graf 4)This enabled them to hold the spear better with their hands during battle.

Tips and warnings

  • Substitute a wooden yardstick for the dowel rod, if you prefer.
  • Cut a large shield shape out of cardboard and cover it with foil to enhance your Roman soldier costume.

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