Instructions for 24″ Longsword (Digital)

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Number of Pieces: 60 pieces

Estimate Build Time: 8 to 10 Hours

Instruction Videos:

  • 18 Steps
  • Total Run Time = 1 hour 19 minutes 45 seconds

Special Note:

  • You are required to provide your own materials, e.g. cardboard, cardstock paper, paper bowls, etc., and paint.
  • You will need to let the glue dry at least overnight before use.

Creating the Pieces

To create the cutout pieces required for this project you will need to use five different types of materials: (1) Legal-size (8.5″ X 14″) Printer Paper, (2) Corrugated Cardboard, (3) Legal-size (8.5″ X 14″) Cardstock paper, (4) Cereal Boxes and (5) 1/4″ X 7″ Coffee Stirring Stick. The coffee stirring stick should be available at most stores that sell arts and craft supplies or at your local cafe.

There are three items that are OPTIONAL to this build: (1) Two 3/4″ D-rings, (2) One 1/2″ Diameter 2-prong Nailhead and (3) 48″ to 60″ (1.2m to 1.5m) long faux leather lace. These items are generally available at arts and craft stores or stores that sell sewing supplies. Again these three items are not essential to the build of the sword but significantly enhances the look and finish of the project. All tools and materials required to make the Cutout Pieces should be available at your local art and craft store or large retailer.

Tip #1: For corrugated cardboard material AVOID any materials thicker than 0.125″ (3.2mm) or 1/8.” Thicker material can be significantly harder to cut by hand.

Tip #2: The optional items can be added after you complete the sword.

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Legal-size Printer Paper

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Legal-size Cardstock Paper

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Cereal Boxes

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Corrugated Cardboard

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Stirring Stick

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Optional: D-rings

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Optional: Nailhead

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Optional: Lace

Tools and Materials to Create the Cutout Pieces

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We recommend that you to watch the following instruction video through at least once. It contain details that may help you to create the cutout pieces. Just like cooking, a good build requires good ingredients, which in this case is the cutout pieces. Before you start the assembly process double check that you have all the pieces by referring to the photos below. You need to create 60 pieces total with 10 pieces made from cardstock paper, 32 pieces made from cereal boxes and 18 pieces made from corrugated cardboard.

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Cardboard Pieces

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Cereal Box Pieces 1 of 4

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Cereal Box Pieces 2 of 4

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Cardstock Pieces 3 of 4

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Cereal Box Pieces 4 of 4

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Cardstock Pieces

Tools and Materials for the Build

All tools and materials required for this build should be available at your local art and craft store or large retailer. Although you can substitute Tacky Glue® with regular white glue, it is recommended that you use the Tacky Glue® for this project since the thicker glue will makes the build significantly faster and Tacky Glue® dries much quicker. It is always a good idea to get some scrap newspaper or cardboard sheets to help keep your works area clean during the gluing and painting steps.

Tools and Materials for the 24″ Longsword (Digital) Project

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Scabbard Build

The main function of the scabbard is to protect the sword blade. It is also a blank canvas where you can personalize your sword by adding some of your own creativity. There are ??? main steps to the scabbard build with ??? subtasks. If this is your first Crafteeo project or the first time doing this project, we recommend that your view the video instructions twice: once to get a feel for what you will be doing and the second time when you actually build. It is good practice to do a dry fit prior to gluing individual pieces together. This will help you anticipate issues and identify critical alignment features. Take your time and enjoy the build process!

24″ Longsword Scabbard

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Tip #3: DO NOT use the sword or scabbard before letting the glue and paint dry for at least 12 hours.

Tip #4: Keep several damp, NOT dripping wet, paper towels nearby to wipe off excess glue or paint. This will help you maintain a clean build and clean work area.

Sword Build

There are ??? main steps to the sword build with ??? subtasks with most of your efforts spent on building the blade. Once you completed the sword, DO NOT start using it, instead, let the glue and paint dry overnight or at least 12-hours. If you take big swing with the sword while the glue and paint are wet, you run the risk of damaging the blade. The last step of the build is to coat with the decoupage glue (more known as Mod Podge®) 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 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.

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Tip #5: DO NOT insert the sword into the scabbard while the paint is wet.

Tip #6: 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 #7: 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 9: Glue Together the Handle Inner Structure   (6:40)

Step 10: Glue Together the Blade Inner Structure   (8:35)

Step 11: Glue Together the Handle and Blade Inner Structure   (2:18)

Step 12: Form the Sword Blade   (6:43)

Step 13: Assemble the Pommel   (5:21)

Step 14: Build Up the Handle and Hand Guard/a>   (7:53)

Step 15: Finish the Handle and Hand Guard   (2:46)

Step 16: Paint the Handle   (1:28)

STEP 17 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.

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Step 17 (Optional): Decorate the Handle   (6:47)

Step 18: Paint the Sword   (2:39)

Paint

Time to personalize your shield and inject some personality into your project! Use the diagram below to help you decide on the color scheme. We recommend that you coat your sword and scabbard with water-based decoupage sealant, like Mod Podge®. The coating will deepen the colors and increase durability. The Mod Podge® Hard Coat works well on the shield and gives it a smoother and harder surface. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly apply the coating. If you want to take the headache out of color selection, check out our Paint Kit. All the paint is Made in USA and water-based for easy cleanup. The kit also included Metallic paint that makes your project shine!

Paint and Decoupage

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Color Guide for the 24″ Longsword

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