How to Make a Toy Sword For a Party

by Corinna Ricard-Farzan
Though your child may want a real sword for his party, you can create an inexpensive and child-safe sword out of cardboard.

Though your child may want a real sword for his party, you can create an inexpensive and child-safe sword out of cardboard.

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If you are throwing a themed birthday party for your child, chances are he will want a costume and props to go along with it. Whether he has asked you to plan a party based on his favorite video game or he has requested a medieval-type setting, you child will need some sort of toy sword that is not dangerous but looks surprisingly real. If you do not have the budget for store-bought props, you can make your own out of cardboard with just a few simple supplies.

Items you will need

  • Corrugated cardboard box
  • Black duct tape
  • Clear packing tape
  • Aluminum foil
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • Glue gun
  • 2- to 3-foot-long wooden dowel
  • Plastic jewels
Step 1

Outline a sword shape on a piece of cardboard. The sword should be about 3 feet long and 3 inches wide. Include the handle, the hilt, and the blade in your outline.

Step 2

Place the outline on a flat surface and cut it out with a box cutter.

Step 3

Tape the long wooden dowel securely to the center of the back of the sword. For durability, ensure that the dowel is covering the entire sword handle.

Step 4

Cover the entire blade of the sword in aluminum foil with the shiny side of the foil facing up. Glue it down as you go along. Wrap the aluminum foil in clear packing tape to prevent tears.

Step 5

Cover the handle of the sword in black duct tape and glue some jewels to the sword's hilt.

About the Author

Having graduated from Purchase College with a B.A. in creative writing, Corinna Ricard-Farzan has been writing professionally since 2008. As well as writing, she attends events and storefronts working to promote renewable energy and sustainable living in Westchester, New York. Her areas of expertise include but are not limited to physical health and fitness, nutrition, arts and crafts and pet care.

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