How to make a viking sword

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How to make a viking sword
Tales of the Vikings can be enhanced with a cardboard Viking sword craft project. (Viking cove image by Paul Moore from

The Vikings were a hearty lot who knew how to protect themselves with their magnificent swords and shields. Help children make a Viking sword out of cardboard to spur questions about the history of famous Vikings like Erik the Red and his son Leif Ericsson. You might also incorporate a geography lesson about the original home of the Vikings and where they travelled. Making and decorating their own Viking swords will provide children with valuable imaginative and adventurous playtime.

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Things you need

  • Long cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Double-stick tape
  • Tinfoil
  • Poster paint
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Coloured beads

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  1. 1

    Use scissors to cut a cardboard box into a long, narrow, pointed sword shape.

  2. 2

    Tape an extra piece of cardboard measuring 3 inches by 1 inch to the non-pointed end of the sword to create a handle.

  3. 3

    Attach tinfoil to the blade end of the sword with double-stick tape.

  4. 4

    Paint the sword handle any colour you desire.

  5. 5

    Glue coloured beads to the sword handle.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a Viking shield from a large cardboard box by cutting out a large circle and painting it red and grey. Attach a strap for holding the shield by stapling fabric to one side.

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