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How to make a viking sword

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

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

  4. Paint the sword handle any colour you desire.

  5. Glue coloured beads to the sword handle.

  6. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.

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