Whether your child is a knight, pirate or all-purpose warrior, chances are he enjoys playing with swords. Sword play can be an endless source of delight for these youngsters, and some of them never outgrow their love for this ancient weapon. Foam is an excellent material from which to make sword crafts, as it has blunt edges. It is also inexpensive, making it a good choice for budget crafts.
A sword garland is an excellent decoration for parties with a medieval theme, such as a birthday party for a young knight. To make one, cut swords out of craft foam. Cut a few different lengths to add visual interest to the garland. Use a hot glue gun to attach the swords to a piece of string or yarn at 4-inch intervals.
Nothing says "Stay out" like a sword. Kids will enjoy making a sword sign for their room that indicates that a warrior dwells within and would appreciate some privacy. Kids can cut letters and a sword shape out of craft foam. They can then glue the shapes to a rectangular piece of craft foam in a complementary colour. Encourage kids to layer the craft foam to make their sign colourful and three-dimensional.
Sword in the Stone
Children who are familiar with the book "The Sword in the Stone" will enjoy creating their own magical sword in the stone. Kids can carve polystyrene foam into a rock shape. They then paint the foam using grey acrylic paint. After the paint has dried, kids can stick plastic cocktail swords into the foam, making it an ideal prop to use with building and action figures.
A PCV sword can provide hours of fighting fun. You can make one yourself by inserting a length of PVC into a circular length of foam. You can also make a cross guard out of the PVC using a little bit of carpentry. Hold the entire sword together with silver duct tape, which also gives the sword a more realistic metal sheen. Keep in mind that these swords are inflexible due to the PVC and must be used with caution. You may choose to make these swords for teens and adults and let the younger children use simple lengths of foam for their swords.
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