If your child likes to pretend he's living in Camelot, or you need a sword for a Halloween costume or school play, make your own sword without spending too much money. Swords you can buy in stores can be expensive or made out of materials that could hurt small children. A cardboard sword is safer and can look authentic with a few tweaks. Make your child's imagination come to life with a homemade knight's sword.
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Things you need
- 2 pieces of cardboard
- Scissors or craft knife
- Dowel rod
- Duct tape
- Acrylic paint
- Clear tape
Lie one piece of cardboard flat. Draw the sword on it with a pencil. A knight's sword typically has a long handle and a long blade that is even all around. Make the sword the size and shape that you desire. Use the first sword as a template to create a second sword on the other piece of cardboard.
Cut the swords out carefully with scissors. You should have two identical swords. If the scissors won't work or the cardboard is too thick, a craft knife or box cutter can be used instead.
Flip the first sword over and use duct tape to secure a dowel rod going down the centre of the sword. This will give the sword some shape so it won't flop over itself. Tape the second sword on the opposite side of the dowel rod to make the sword more durable.
Paint the handle of the sword using acrylic paint, if desired. Alternately, you can wrap the handle with coloured duct tape if you prefer, or do both to make sure the sword can withstand some pretend battles.
Wrap the entire blade of the sword with aluminium foil, shiny side out. This will make the blade look like real metal. Use clear tape to secure pieces that won't stay. Do a couple of layers of the foil if needed.
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