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Last Christmas I bought my brother a set of foam swords from Walmart. Well, between he, our dad, myself, and his two best friends, we whacked the heck out of each other with those swords until they fell apart.

None of us kids are swordsman by any means, so these are just for playing around with.

A warning: even though these are toys, they are a bit heavy and you can whack somebody a good one with them if you try. So, probably better for big kids rather than little ones.

This is a fairly quick and easy project ( I think I made both of these in just over an hour, and I was having a conversation at the same time.), but for one step you will need a second pair of hands to help you out.
 
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Step 1: What You Need

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Materials:

thin dowel (I used fiberglass rods because I had some at hand, but wood would probably work better and is generally cheaper.) **(EDIT: Wood is cheaper, but I have recieved advice against using wooden dowels. They break easily and the splintered wood can be dengerous, so it's better to use plastic, fiberglass, or PVC if you can.)
duct tape ( I didn't actually measure how much I used, but it was deffinitely a few yards.)
thin foam yoga/exercise mat (You can get one of these for about $10 and it will yeild at least 3 swords.)
string or twine (Make sure the string you're using is good and strong; you're going to be pulling it very tight.)

Tools:

sharp scissors
saw
(This is to cut your dowel to length, so you won't need it if your dowel is already the length you want it. It can be electric or muscle-powered because you're only goint to use it for about 2 seconds.)
hot glue gun and glue stick
marker


wbaca1 month ago
go t o good will and by composite golf clubs. electrice tape were you wana cut and slice in the middle of it. flexible strong. kids ones are the best. caping it with a coin adds extra protection from stabing
Do not use wood for the core! I tried that a couple of years ago and the stupid things always broke - once there were even splinters sticking out of the foam - rather dangerous. We generally used pvc pipe after that. Otherwise nice work!
penandsword (author)  Spaceman-Spliff3 years ago
Thanks for the tip. I guess it's a good thing I use the fiberglass after all!
zazenergy3 years ago
Great photos and nice description!