The ancient Greek spear looked similar to the ancient Roman spear, known as the pilum. However, the Greeks used a different head on their spears, and also used the spears for thrusting into their opponents in addition to throwing from a distance. The Greeks used two separate styles of spearheads, depending on the use of the spear and the year the spear was created. Make your own Greek spear from cardboard and an old broom handle for a costume, dress up or as a school project.
Choose a shape for the spearhead. The Greeks used two different shapes for spearheads. One spearhead looks like an oval-shaped leaf. The second looks more like the shaft of an arrow with a long, narrow triangle-shaped head that gently widens to meet the shaft of the spear.
Draw your chosen spear design onto one of the cardboard pieces. Make the spearhead about 10 inches long. Add 6 inches to the spearhead so you can attach the head to the spear shaft. Trace the design onto the second piece of cardboard.
Cut out the spearheads.
Tape the two halves of the spearhead together using duct tape. Leave the bottom portion of the spear untaped.
Place the bottom of the spearhead over the grooved side of the broom handle. Fit the handle between the two sides of the spearhead. Tape the spearhead to the handle with duct tape.
Wrap the entire spearhead, including the part connected to the broom handle, with aluminium foil. Glue the foil in place with craft glue. Allow the glue to dry for two hours before using the spear.
Things you need
- Broom handle
- Two 16-square-inch pieces of cardboard
- Duct tape
- Aluminium foil
- Craft glue