How to Make a Fake Cardboard Sword

by Anya Meave
Use an old cardboard box to make the sword.

Use an old cardboard box to make the sword.

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A sword is a necessary tool for any pretend knight or Viking. Using a sword to protect a family's honor during playtime is crucial to defeating an opponent. Make a fake cardboard sword to use during downtime your children. Create the sword with cardboard that is about 1/4-inch thick to make it sturdy and strong enough for everyday battle during leisure time with the kids.

Items you will need

  • 16-by-20 inch cardboard sheet
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Silver duct tape
  • Aluminum foil
  • Clear tape
Step 1

Draw an isosceles triangle on the sheet of cardboard with the marker and ruler. Make the both sides of the triangle 16-inches long, and the base 3-inches wide. Then create two 6-by-2 inch rectangles on each side of the triangle.

Step 2

Cut the triangle and rectangles out from the sheet of cardboard using scissors. Trim 2 inches from the top of the triangle with the scissors to create a blunt tip. The triangle will serve as the sword's blade. Set the blade aside.

Step 3

Wrap duct tape around both rectangles to make the rectangles sturdy. Then, place one rectangle vertically on the table, and lay the second rectangle horizontally across the center of the first rectangle. The result is a cross shape. Tape both pieces together with duct tape to create the sword's handle.

Step 4

Lay the top portion of the cross shape over the base of the triangle, allowing the base to sit directly above the horizontal strip on the cross. Tape the top portion of the cross shape to the triangle to complete the structure of the sword.

Step 5

Snip a 15-by-6 inch sheet of foil and wrap the foil around the blade. Fold the top portion of the foil over the top of the blade upon wrapping. Secure the foil with clear tape to complete the sword.

About the Author

Anya Meave is a freelance writer from San Diego, Calif. She began writing in 2009 for various websites. Majoring in telemedia, she has written scripts for student projects and has been chosen to submit a spec script for the 2011 Nickelodeon Writers Fellowship. Meave has an associate degree in photography from Southwestern College.

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