How to Make a Paper Sword

    by Kate Lee

    About the Author

    Kate Lee's how-to articles have been published in "Sew Simple," "Craft Stylish" and "Soft Dolls & Animals" magazines. She has been sewing for more than 20 years and has a master's degree in technical writing.


    You can make a paper sword from sheets of newsprint or other large paper, such as butcher paper or packing paper. A double-spread sized newspaper page works best for making a simple sword, although colored paper can make the sword look a little more realistic. You’ll want to avoid using flimsy paper, such as tissue paper. Paper swords make fun play or practice swords because they are not sharp or as heavy as wooden or metal swords. An easy model to start with is a simple saber.

    Things You'll Need

    • 6 to 8 large sheets of newspaper
    • Flat work surface
    • Clear tape
    • Scissors (optional)
    • Electrical tape (optional)

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    Stack the sheets of newspaper or large paper on top of each other on a flat work surface. Use six to eight sheets for each sword. A thicker stack of paper will make a stronger sword, but it can also be more difficult to roll.

    Line up all the edges of the stack of paper. If the sheets are not all the same size, trim them so they match, or make sure the smallest sheet is on the top and the largest sheet is on the bottom.

    Roll up the sheets of paper diagonally, beginning at the lower corner of the stack of papers. The tighter you roll the paper, the stronger the sword will be.

    Place a piece of tape around the center of the sword to hold the rolled paper in place.

    Hold the sword in one hand, about 6 to 10 inches from the bottom. Wrap the bottom part of the sword over your hand, so it makes a comfortable loop over your hand, with about 1 inch to spare. Adjust your hand position and the size of the loop as needed.

    Tuck the end of the looped paper under and tape it securely to the sword. This makes the handle of the paper saber.

    • You can wrap the grip of the sword with colored electrical tape to make it stronger and more decorative.
    • Avoid getting your paper sword wet, as water can make the paper fall apart.
    • Use caution when playing with paper swords. Keep the sword low, and avoid hitting anyone in the face, especially the eyes, or other sensitive areas. Make sure that you have adequate room for swordplay, without bumping into people or objects.

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