Introduction: Easy Sword Making

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I have been less than successful with finding good, quick, and easy sword-making instructions, and I wouldn't be surprised if other people have had the same experience. And even if you haven't, everyone loves swords, right? So here are a couple of my designs, and one design that I swiped. Enjoy!

Step 1: Cardboard and Duct Tape: Uber-easy

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I decided to start with the easiest one. This is pretty obvious, but it's still fun. They're also great 'cause they're quick and disposable (that means you can throw them at your friends, and it's okay if you don't get them back). Also, if you use enough duct tape, they wont hurt... very much.

- corrugated cardboard
- duct tape (Question: is it duct tape, duct-tape, or duck tape?)
- sticks, rulers, pencils, etc (optional)

1) Cut out a basic sword shape from cardboard, then trace it and cut it out again. (That'll make the sword sturdier)
2) tape the two pieces together
3) (optional) re-enforce the sword with sticks, pencils, or something similar (you can find the weak points by wacking it around a bit)
4) cover the whole thing in tape to pad it (safety first! --especially 'cause it's got wooden bits sticking out) and to make it nice and shiny
5) enjoy!

Step 2: Foamy Wackers: Easy-peasy

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I know there's already an Instructable on this, but in case you haven't seen it, here it is. (P.S.: I'm not copying, I figured this out before Instructables even existed.) I'm afraid I don't have a photo of this one; I kept it outside and it got moldy so I had to throw it out.

- pool noodle with a hole in the middle
- duct tape
- scissors or x-acto knife
- a dowel or pipe that fits in the hole in the pool noodle (sorry I don't know what size it is)

1) cut the noodle in half with the scissors or x-acto knife (it's actually really easy to cut) -- eyeball it, don't bother measuring
2) wrap one end of the dowel or pipe in duct tape to make a lump
3) shove the dowel into the pool noodle, tape end first
4) attack!!!

Step 3: Bamboo Fencing-ish Sword: Pretty Easy

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This is a bit like a fencing foil, but not really.

- paper plate/cardboard
- duct tape
- bamboo garden skewer (or a dowel, if you have one)

1) cut a circle out of the plate or the cardboard, around 6" in diameter
2) poke a hole in the disc with something sharp, and slide it onto the bamboo
3) tape the disc onto the bamboo
4) (optional) wrap the bamboo and the disc in duct tape to make it shiny. Try to stop it from getting too lumpy (like this one), or it'll look bad.

Step 4: Newspaper Sword: Pretty Easy

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This is the one I swiped. I got it from a kid's craft book and tweaked it a bit. This one's my favorite (I like the noodles too).

- newspaper
- duct-tape
- a ruler or a meterstick or a coathanger

1) take a few sheets (3-6 is probably about right) and roll them into a tube
2) flatten the tube and tape it up so it doesn't unravel
3) fold one end to make a point. I folded it into the sword, 'cause I felt like it, and maybe it made it stronger. Try it that way, if you can figure out what the heck I'm talking about.
4) roll a tube of the same diameter as the previous one
5) flatten the new tube and fold it in half
6) cut the tube if it looks like it's too wide to be a hand-protecter-thingy (hilt? or is that the handle?)
7) tape the tube onto the tube. Put one half of the fold on either side to make it sturdier. (That makes no sense. Look at the picture.)
8) slide something up the bottom to re-inforce it. I used half a meterstick, but you could also use a ruler or a bent up coat hanger if you don't happen to have half-metersticks lying around
9) tape the bottom so the re-inforcement doesn't fall out
10) (optional) cover the hole thing with duct tape
11) read the comics!


Rambo556 (author)2013-03-07

it is duct tape, but I say it duck tape.

youngcreator11 (author)2012-02-20

Sweet. Im doing a project for school and i will be reanacting a blacksmith. This is a very simple yet good looking sword that will insure i get a good grade.

PKTraceur (author)2009-02-21

Duck Tape is actually a brand name of tape, designated on the inner cardboard roll its around, showing pictures of ducks. (Heh Heh, Howard the Duck review...) The difference between duct tape and duct-tape is really a matter of preferance, but since it is a noun including two semi-adjectives, it is most properly Duct-Tape. Hope that helped, -RoAr

jokerlz (author)PKTraceur2009-03-12

I always thought it was originally "duck tape" as it was used in military applications such as fighter planes that were painted "duck blue". Then after the war it was used in (WW2 I think) they realised it was a good thing and so renamed it Duct tape to make it marketable to civilians. You are also right that there is now a brand with little ducks on the inside of the tubes. But when you think about it why ducks?

sir-zeke (author)jokerlz2009-06-12

it's duct tape because it was originally created for qiuck temporary duct repare

Zilduli (author)jokerlz2009-06-09

From my understanding, the tape was originally used by the military in WWII to keep moisture out of their ammo cases. Because the tape sheds water like a duck's feathers, it was referred to as "duck tape". Also, because the tape was developed for the military, it was military green as opposed to silver. After the war when the housing industry was thriving, it was discovered that the tape worked very well for joining the ductwork or heating and air conditioning systems. Due to this newfound use, the tape's color was changed to silver and is now referred to by many as "duct tape".

Kazeem (author)jokerlz2009-04-15

Why ducks? because i used to think that 'Duct tape' was actually spelled 'duck tape' i didnt know that it was 'duct tape' until i was about 8 :P Maybe the guy who started the company had that confusion aswell...

PKTraceur (author)jokerlz2009-03-12

I dont think about ducks. I think about tape, silver, etc.

PKTraceur (author)PKTraceur2009-03-12

Scratch that grey


Ian124 (author)2009-04-15

this looks pretty fun to make!

Whaleman (author)2007-11-25

Did you get his toys?

What? I'm confused. Did who get who's toy's?

I am confused too. I am pretty sure you said something about someone promising you toys or something. But then again, I have been having many hallucinations lately.........

Didn't mention 'toys'... searched the page for it with ctrl+f... nothing comes up. :S

Yeah, I don't know what is up. I don't even remember posting that comment. But I do remember something about toys, but that was in a dream about instructables (I know that is odd), and I do sleepwalk, so it could be possible that I posted that comment while sleepwalking after having a dream that you mentioned toys in this instructable....

originalwynne (author)Whaleman2008-12-28

ok well im guessing you saw the thing on the pic that says "we kidnapped santa"
thought youd post a comment asking if he got santas toys then didnt remember why you posted the comment, am i making sense? anyway, just my theory =P

Whaleman (author)originalwynne2008-12-28

That must be it! I'm not as insane as I thought...

originalwynne (author)Whaleman2008-12-29


No, your not making sense. What "thing on the pic"? What "pic"? I don't see this...

yeh im bad at explaining things sometimes =P the picture on step one has two little yellow boxes, the smaller one saying "woops theres my foot" and the other one says "i made this for a skit in grade seven, We kidnapped santa"

McGyver2 (author)2008-10-24

I like how you made all these designs you made, but have you thought about blacksmithing one or carving a few?... Ado it all the time, to do this picture the sword in your head and then start making it.

crimson sausage (author)2008-09-24

Its duct tape because it used to be used to seal the gaps in heating DUCTS, but it didnt seem to hold up to 300 degree temperatures that well (GASP!!! DUCT TAPE'S ONE WEAKNESS!!!). Then handymen found out it worked great for everything else!

jw9511 (author)2008-08-06

not bad:)

Camisado (author)2008-06-18

This is very,very good. a very creative idea. good job!

aaronb525 (author)2008-06-02

this one is my favorite

qwerty90210 (author)2007-11-21

once my bros (actual relatives) and I made swords from palm tree branches and rope make from the leafy things

Instructable please?

i really dont remember how we did it but they hurt like h-e double sippy straws

Now I'm really confused.

sorry i was quotein the simpsons but remeber some palm trees have spikes on the side

Mr. Smart Kid (author)2008-03-27

duct or duck ins both people in the army usen on the ducks and found it worked well on ducts

threecheersfornick (author)2008-03-18

Do I really need to go over this all again? *Sigh* (a) We have a "be nice" policy... right under the comment box, in bright orange. (b) No one will ever believe you if you just make flat statements -- you need to support your arguments. Why does it "suck balls"? (c) Comments like this won't really get you anywhere... they'll only make people dislike you for insulting them, or for wasting their time reading your comments. (d) I find that out of your four comments so far (including this one), three are rude and/or mean -- "sucks balls", "weird", and "Very dumb". In closing, if you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say it!

Xellers (author)2008-03-05

Did you know that there are instructables on how to make real swords? That's probably why so many people have visited this page. Please make an instructable about this that is original and creative. I'm sorry to say this, but this instructable is basically about duct taping random things together and using them as swords.

Yes, I did know that there are instructable on how to make real swords -- and if I had the time, materials, and money, I would use one of those Instructables to make a sword... but this Instructable is for people, like me, who don't have the time, materials, or money to make a real sword, and just want something half-decent to wack their friends with. As for the creativity of my instructable, I don't understand your complaint -- only one of my swords was "stolen" from another source, and even then I adjusted the instructions quite a lot. If you are talking about the pool noodle boffers (for which another instructable exists), I would like to say that I invented those myself, years before Instructables even existed. That said, thank you for your comment, and thank you for being polite about it.

gatorfan94 (author)2007-11-17

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hippojoe (author)gatorfan942008-03-04

Haha that made me laugh. So I'll give you 20 exclamation marks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

drum=forarmmuscle (author)2008-01-30

its Duct Tape and good instructable.check my pg and leave a comment there.

the weapon (author)2008-02-23

I think its a great idea to make a cheap good sword, good job.:)


Allonsy (author)2007-12-18

u know u can also make easy wooden ones... u just get 2 pieces of wood, one 4 hilt and one 4 blade and nail em together. then u cover it in duct tape or paper mache or sumthin like that. and then you paint it sum color u like. i made a sword like that for a viking project at school and it looks pretty good. now if i could only find it and take a pic of it... its not 4 fightin tho, just 4 show.

Yes, you can make wooden swords, but you need to find (or buy -- ugh) the wood and paint to do that, which is what I was trying to avoid -- I wanted something I could make with minimal effort, no shopping, and (hopefully) not to much running around gathering materials. And, wooden swords hurt a lot more when you hit people with them!

I'd also like to qoute my comments to themasterpyro: "I hate to be a nit-pick, but please use spell check or something -- it makes reading your comments much easier and more enjoyable."

That said, thank you for your comment.

gatorfan94 (author)2007-11-17

O.K. It is very nicely done instructable. For all you idiots who call it gay, it is just an idea sparker for those who may not have much and can't think of anything to make a sword from. I like the fencing like sword!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank You!

GorillazMiko (author)2007-11-20

Dude... PyroPower... you better shut the hell up. Some people out in the world like instructables like this, so you better go away. Do you kiss your mother with that mouth you low life scumbag?

I'm not sure about the scumbag bit, but thank you.

GorillazMiko (author)2007-11-20

Dude... PyroPower... you better shut the hell up. Some people out in the world like instructables like this, so you better go away. Do you kiss your mother with that mouth you low life scumbag?

omnibot (author)2007-10-22

I like it! Gonna try this with kids someday.

Thank you!

Aburame Shino (author)2007-09-12

This Instructable er... how do you say? It "PWNS T3J W0RLD." Lol. Anyway, I made the newspaper sword, and it does the aformentioned Internet phrase. Hehe. Continue making awesome things! P.S. "PWN T3H W0RLD"

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