There are some products that upon first sight I just can't get the money out of my pocket fast enough. These sword handles are one of them. Intended for use on sticks from the backyard, they turn any fallen branch into a swashbuckling good time. Their only downfall? They're not yet for sale! Here are a few ideas for making your own.
Although we're sure these will go into production soon (seriously, how cool are they?), if you just can't wait to make your own for a little backyard or alley play here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:
• Plastic Drink Containers: Milk jugs, large juice bottles, 2 liters, and the like. They're all great resources for large pieces of plastic. Try adding ornamentation to your cut out with paint or markers.
• Felt: When you head to the craft store there are two different types of felt available to you. There are the soft flimsy craft sheets and then there are thicker ones with a bit more body to them. Stiffer is better for this project. Just cut out your shape and add holes at each end and you'll be set. Try adding jewels or even glitter paint to make it sparkle.
• Relief Printing Linoleum: This product is sold at art supply stores and is intended to be gouged out with small tools. Artists then roll on paint and make prints from the relief that it creates. We think it's a heavy (but not too heavy) material that would be easy to cut and you could even carve your own family crest into it if you're feeling so inclined! Look for it at the craft/art supply store near you or order it online.
Do you like the idea of a sword handle or do you think kids have done just fine without them? Share your thoughts in the comments below!