Simple DIY Cardboard Pirate Sword for Kids

DIY pirate costume for kids including sword
Welcome to Gasparilla madness at my home! I have quite a few pirate themed projects for this week.  Here’s a tutorial on how to make a cardboard pirate sword for the kids. This easy project was inspired by Hatter and Hare Events. It’s safe to play with so my preschooler can have a fun battle with his younger brother without any problems. I love making crafts using recycled materials. Keeps the costs down since I’m always creating fun art projects for the kids. Follow the steps below to create this simple DIY cardboard pirate sword for kids.
cardboard pirate sword


  • Hot Glue
  • Paintbrush or foam brush
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Foil
  • X-acto (with adult supervision)
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Cardboard


  1. Using a permanent marker, draw the outline for your sword onto the cardboard. You can search for sword templates online if you cannot draw.
  2. Use scissors or the X-acto knife to cut out the sword.
  3. Cut a small circle from the leftover pieces of cardboard.
  4. Use a paintbrush or foam brush to apply black acrylic paint to the toilet paper roll and small circle. Allow the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.
  5. Next, apply hot glue onto the disk then attach the toilet paper roll.
  6. Use foil to wrap the blade of the cardboard sword.
  7. Finally cut a slit on top of the disk and slide the blade into it. You can secure it with hot glue.
  8. Now you are ready to enjoy your cardboard pirate sword!
cardboard materials for pirate sword
cardboard materials to make sword for pirate. The blade is covered with foil.
African American preschool boy dressed up for Gasparilla
African American preschool boy dressed up for Gasparilla
We had the pleasure of appearing on our local news station to show parents how to style their kids for Gasparilla. My son did a wonderful job on his first TV appearance. He had so much fun having a sword fight with the news anchor.
Check out my other posts for ideas to celebrate Gasparilla or pirate themed celebrations.

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