How to Make a Newspaper Sword

by Steve Sparkes
Newspaper swords will withstand plenty of swashbuckling play before collapsing.

Newspaper swords will withstand plenty of swashbuckling play before collapsing.

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Make a newspaper sword as an accessory for a Halloween pirate costume or a disposable toy made from recycled materials. Newspaper swords cost almost nothing, are quick to create and are unlikely to hurt anyone. This makes them ideal toys for the guests at a pirate-themed birthday party. Each sword will take just a couple of minutes to make once you've had a little practice.

Items you will need

  • Newspaper
  • Sticky tape
Step 1

Lay two sheets of newspaper, one on top of the other, flat on the floor.

Step 2

Fold one corner of the double newspaper sheet approximately 6 inches in toward the center.

Step 3

Roll the newspaper sheets tightly from the fold diagonally across the rectangle.

Step 4

Tape the rolled-up newspaper securely with sticky tape around five or six points along the roll.

Step 5

Bend one 1/3 of the length of the roll back and stick it into place with tape, leaving a rounded handle shape at the top of the sword.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a decorated hand shield by cutting a circle of plain cardboard with a hole in the center that just fits around the newspaper roll. Paint both sides black and add silver swirls. Slip it on the end of the sword and push it up to the base of the handle. Secure it in place with sticky tape. For a more realistic-looking sword to take to costume parties, spray the blade of the sword with silver paint and paint the handle black.
  • The end of the paper sword will not hurt children's bodies, but make sure they know not to hit each other in the eye when play-fighting.

About the Author

Steve Sparkes started writing professionally in 1982. He was a journalist and photographer for "The New York Waste" magazine for a decade. Sparkes has a diploma of art and design and a Bachelor of Arts in history of art from the South-East Essex School of Art. He also has a Master of Arts in photography from the London School of Printing and Graphic Arts.

Photo Credits

  • Bec Parsons/Digital Vision/Getty Images