Easy Sword Making

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

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

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

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

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!



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    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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?


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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".


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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...


    10 years ago on Step 3

    this looks pretty fun to make!

    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.........

    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....


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 1

    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

    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"