How to Make a Pretend-Play Roman Short Sword

Whether it’s for Halloween, a theatrical performance or just pretend-play, this handsome Roman short sword is fun and easy to make. And while kids get geared-up to make this fun sword, they’ll flex a bit of math for counting, measuring and scaling. Although this project is fairly easy to make, younger children will need help cutting the pieces from the thick cardboard.


  • One 2 to 3 foot length of thick cardboard ¬†at least 6 inches wide (sturdy box flaps work great)
  • Pencil
  • Black duct tape
  • Gold or silver duct tape
  • Aluminum foil
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Drawing compass
  • Ruler and straight edge
  • Newspaper

Roman Short Sword

  1. On the cardboard, create a grid of 1-inch squares using the ruler and straight edge.
  2. Using the straight edge and pencil, draw the sword outline, the handle pieces, and the hand guard, For the pommel, either use a drawing compass or find an aluminum can or other circular object of proper size to trace the outline.
  3. Using strong scissors, cut out all the pieces.
  4. Cover the blade with gold or silver duct tape.
  5. Cover the hand guard with aluminum foil and cut the slit in the hand guard and slide it over the sword handle.
  6. Using black duct tape, cover both handle pieces by winding the tape around the cardboard pieces until completely covered.
  7. Fold and wrap a sheet of newspaper around the handle of the blade to make a cushioned grip and use a small piece of duct tape to secure in place
  8. Now glue the black handle pieces to each side of the handle using white glue
  9. Cover the pommel with gold or silver duct tape and glue a circular piece on either side of the handle using white glue
  10. Let dry for at least 30 minutes before handling.

Enjoy your new Roman short sword! Submit pictures of your finished sword and share your modifications for this fun project.




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