My girls are in a musketeer phase now, which means running around, shouting, pointing broomsticks at each other and attacking dastardly enemies. We thought playful swords would add a fun (yet safe) element to their adventures.
- long, sturdy paper cardboard tube (we used wrapping paper tubes)
- scraps/strips of cardboard
- aluminum foil
- some webbing with adjustable slide (optional)
- markers (optional)
- decorations (optional)
- Flatten the ends of the cardboard tube and shape them into points.
- Cut two holes in a strip of cardboard, one at each end. Then slot one end of the cardboard tube through the strip to make the hilt. (see pictures in link.)
- Wrap the "blade" in aluminum foil for a shiny, metallic effect.
- If you want to make belts to accompany the swords, start by cutting lengths of webbing. Add an adjustable slide at one end and a loop instead of a scabbard somewhere in the middle.
- Then the kids can decorate their swords. Mine colored on the blade and glued jewels onto the handle.
After we finished, they ran off to protect the king/prince/some important guy. They are going to be musketeers next Halloween—finally a change from princesses. En garde!