Instructions for the Longsword – 24″ Blade
Number of Pieces: 62 pieces
Estimate Build Time: 4 to 8 Hours
Special Note: Require a minimum of 8 hour drying time for the glue.
Content of Kit
Make sure you have the items shown in the photos below before you proceed with your sword build. Please email us if you are missing any items. Your kit may also include paint which is not shown in the photos.
Tools and Materials
All tools and materials needed for this build are available from your local arts and craft store or online retailer. Use the scrap paper when applying and spreading out glue during the build. This will help keep your workspace clean.
Download this handy checklist to help you gather all the required tools and materials for this build.
The main function of the scabbard is to protect the sword blade. It is also a blank canvas that you can add your own creativity. Stay tuned to Crafteeo updates as we add free projects to decorate your sword and scabbard. If your child is right handed, you will want to wear the sword on the left side and vice versa for left handers. Depending on the quality of construction, the sword should sit slightly snug to slightly loose in the scabbard. If you find that the sword sits too tightly or too loosely in the scabbard, there may be errors in the constructions of the scabbard or sword.
24″ Longsword Scabbard
Tip #1: DO NOT use the sword or scabbard before letting the glue and paint dry for at least 12 hours.
Tip #2: Keep several damp, NOT dripping wet, paper towels nearby to wipe off excess glue. This will help you maintain a clean build and a clean work area.
Step 4: Paint the Scabbard (1:51)
Most of your efforts will be spent on building the blade of the sword. Once you completed the sword, DO NOT start using it, instead, let the glue and paint dry, at least, overnight or 12-hours. If you take big swing with the sword while the glue and paint is wet, you run the risk of damaging the blade. The last step of the build is to coat with the decoupage glue will help seal and make the sword and scabbard water-resistant. However if you do not let it dry completed before inserting the sword into the scabbard, you will end up gluing the sword to the scabbard and you will NEVER be able to free the sword. The decoupage glue also help harden the paper surface and improve the blade’s toughness, but don’t expect miracles. It is made from paper after all. The blade is 24″ (61 cm) long and 1.62″ (4.1 cm) wide with a diamond cross section.
Tip #3: DO NOT insert the sword into the scabbard while the paint is wet.
Tip #4: Dry the sword and scabbard while they are separated. DO NOT dry with the sword is inserted into the scabbard. If you do, you may never be able to pull the sword free from the scabbard.
Tip #5: Do a dry run of the construction step BEFORE you commit to gluing the cutout pieces together. This helps you mentally note the details of that step.
Step 12: Assemble the Pommel (6:06)
Step 15: Paint the Handle (1:28)
STEP 16 is OPTIONAL. The handle wrap can be put on after everything is glued together but it will be easier if you put it on at this point of the build.
Step 17: Paint the Sword (2:39)
All paint and the decoupage coating is included in the kit. PLEASE NOTE, the decoupage coating may take a couple of days to fully cure. While it is curing, it may feel tacky and I recommend letting the sword and scabbard cure separately otherwise you may inadvertently glue the sword to the scabbard. Once the decoupage coating hardens, you can sand the surface smooth with fine (400 grit or greater) sandpaper.