If you have children who enjoy playing knights during make-believe, then you know how frustrating it can be when the only play swords you can find are made of sharp plastic that can be dangerous. One solution is to make pretend swords yourself out of a softer, more flexible material, such as cardboard. This will also allow the children to decorate the swords with paints, crayons or markers in order to customise them.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Craft glue
- Aluminium foil
- Tempera paint
Lay a sheet of cardboard onto a flat surface and trace out the shape of a sword onto the cardboard using a pencil. You can make the sword any shape you prefer. You can even allow your child to draw out his or her own sword. Include the handle as well as the blade of the sword.
Cut out the sword using scissors.
Apply craft glue onto the sides of the blade, then wrap the blade in aluminium foil. The foil will make the blade appear as if it were made of metal. Do not cover the handle. Allow the glue to dry for 20 minutes.
Decorate the handle of the sword using tempera paint, crayons or markers. You can lay the sword onto a table top and allow your child to decorate the handle to his or her heart's content. Once the paint is dry, the sword can be played with.
Tips and warnings
- Do not cut the tip of the blade very sharp or it could be dangerous to use during pretend play.
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