Cardboard Swords

Swords final

My girls are in a musketeer phase now, which means running around, shouting, pointing broomsticks at each other and attacking dastardly enemies. We thought playful swords would add a fun (yet safe) element to their adventures.


  • long, sturdy paper cardboard tube (we used wrapping paper tubes)
  • scraps/strips of cardboard
  • aluminum foil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • some webbing with adjustable slide (optional)
  • markers (optional)
  • decorations (optional)


    1. sword 1Flatten the ends of the cardboard tube and shape them into points.
    2. Cut two holes in a strip of cardboard, one at each end. Then slot one end of the cardboard tube through the strip to make the hilt. (see pictures in link.)
    3. sword 2Wrap the “blade” in aluminum foil for a shiny, metallic effect.
    4. If you want to make belts to accompany the swords, start by cutting lengths of webbing. Add an adjustable slide at one end and a loop instead of a scabbard somewhere in the middle.
    5. sword 4Then the kids can decorate their swords. Mine colored on the blade and glued jewels onto the handle.

    sword 6After we finished, they ran off to protect the king/prince/some important guy. They are going to be musketeers next Halloween—finally a change from princesses. En garde!