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.
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Supplies for Cardboard Pirate Sword
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- Paintbrush or foam brush
- Black acrylic paint
- Recycled cardboard
- X-acto (with adult supervision)
- Permanent marker
- Recycled toilet paper roll
- First, use a permanent marker to draw the outline for your sword onto the cardboard. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
- Next, use scissors or the X-acto knife to cut out the sword. Adult supervision is required for small children.
- Cut a small circle from the leftover pieces of cardboard.
- 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.
- Apply hot glue onto the disk then attach the toilet paper roll.
- Use foil to wrap the blade of the cardboard sword.
- Finally, cut a slit on top of the disk and slide the blade into it. You can secure it with hot glue. Now you are ready to enjoy your cardboard pirate sword!
We had the opportunity to appear on Good Day Tampa Bay on Fox 13 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. The cardboard pirate sword was a hit with viewers!
Watch the video below to see what it’s like to attend the Children’s Gasparilla Parade in Tampa, Florida. Make sure to follow me on YouTube for more fun content!
If you’re looking for pirate digital products, order this activity bundle from my Etsy shop. Thank you for your support!
You can find these adorable books about pirates on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit a local book shop.
- Pirasaurs! by Josh Funk
- Mermaid and Pirate by Tracey Baptiste
- Pirates Don’t Dance by Shawna J. C. Tenney
- Count With The Pirates! by Laura Coleman
- Pirates Are Coming by Condon John
- The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle
- Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman
- How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
- Goodnight Pirate by Michelle Robinson
- Billy and the Pirates by Nadia Shireen
Looking for more pirate crafts as well as DIY projects and activities? Check out these fun ideas below to celebrate Gasparilla, Halloween or Talk Like a Pirate Day.