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)
- Black duct tape
- Gold or silver duct tape
- Aluminum foil
- White glue
- Drawing compass
- Ruler and straight edge
- On the cardboard, create a grid of 1-inch squares using the ruler and straight edge.
- 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.
- Using strong scissors, cut out all the pieces.
- Cover the blade with gold or silver duct tape.
- Cover the hand guard with aluminum foil and cut the slit in the hand guard and slide it over the sword handle.
- Using black duct tape, cover both handle pieces by winding the tape around the cardboard pieces until completely covered.
- 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
- Now glue the black handle pieces to each side of the handle using white glue
- Cover the pommel with gold or silver duct tape and glue a circular piece on either side of the handle using white glue
- 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.