My main focus is that the weapons have to be safe, so kids can play with them without direct adult supervision, without getting hurt. And secondly so easy to make, that big kids, with help, can make it them self.
These weapons is perfect for a backyard battles or a game of LARP (Live action role play) in the nearby forests.
If you keep the design simple it is easy to make, and with adult supervision kids can make their own.
The other guides:
Step 1: Things needed
A hobby knife, with interchangeable blades.
Used dull blade
a piece of cardboard or paper
a black marker
a cutting pad
double sided tape
Silver tape, for decorations.
a sleeping pad
10 cm of foam tube
2 strips of cotton cloth
3cm thick bamboo, fiberglass or a broomstick
Step 2: The design and research fase
Now you have enough inspiration to make you own design.
Just draw some quick sketches. They don't need to be beautiful, it is just so you will get the idea about how your sword will look like.
Don't make the design to complicated. Special the crossguard, it is easy to make a very good looking design on paper but it is difficult to make it in foam and duct tape.
My sword will be an elf sword, inspired by Frodos Sting from Lord of the Rings.
Step 3: Template
If you have problems with making the two sides of the swords identical, fold the paper in half and cut it folded. When you unfold the paper the template will be perfect, and the two sides identical.
Step 4: Marking and cutting the foam
To be sure the pieces ends the right places I put numbers on them.
In the middle piece I cut a hole for the bamboo stick.
If the stick for the handle is to long, now is the time to cut it into length.
Step 5: Putting it all together
Now apply glue to one side of piece 1 and 3. And apply glue to both sides on piece 2. Also apply glue to the handle. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes, and press the pieces hard together.
Be careful the pieces glue together very quickly, so be sure that they are aligned, you will not be able to correct it. The only way to correct it, is by cutting away on the outer side.
If your using the same glue I use you need to have good ventilation. If it's not to cold it's best to glue outside.
It's possible to get waterbased contact glue if you make this with kids, I recommend using that. But it takes a lot longer to dry.
Step 6: Cutting and shapenig the edges
Step 7: Taping
Step 8: Making the handle
Step 9: Decoration
I cut some decorations of silver blank insulation tape and put them on the crossguard.
Step 10: The finished sword
Look forward to my next instructable in my duct tape weapons guide. Next time I will show you how to make a shield that is safe,beautiful and durable.