Who Is Ready To Duel?

Boys will be boys is the saying right?  Most will want to rough house, wrestle, have sword fights, climb trees, and pretty much do everything in the house that may break the furniture.  This is very true for my son. He is an active 'all boy' type of kid. Don't get me wrong, he can still complete one pretty awesome art project, but boy does that kid love to wrestle!  I have figured out that my goal for his first 10 years is to provide a place that he can play in a fun yet ultimately safe way!  What is the first step... to replace the plastic swords, and light sabers that he is currently loves with 'Padded Play Swords'!  

Hopefully this saves a few bumps on his sister's fingers and a few marks on my wood  furniture =)

 Now to be honest, I said how do I fix my plastic sword problem.... it is really how did my amazingly crafty husband solve our collective sword problem!

See... my husband went to Home Depot and came home with a bunch of items that lead me to believe we were fixing a plumbing problem in the house. Little did I know he went to the store with the kids in mind and we were going to have some epic battles as a result.

Here is what you need...
PVC pipe, Pipe Insulation, electrical tape in the color of your choice, PVC pipe cap, silver faucet connector, rubber bands (or hose washers), rope or string,  and a pair of tights... That is it!  Easy right!?

1.  First step is to cut the PVC pipe to the proper length. The first trial sword we made was 40 inches but that was too long and heavy for the little kids.  Hello new adult way to settle disagreements.... DUEL!  I kid really, I kid ...

 The final length we used was 30 inches... 6 inches for the handle and 24 for the blade. This is long enough to keep the kids away from the opponent but not too long that it is too hard to handle.

2. Put the PVC Pipe cap on one one end of the pipe. This creates a solid base for the handle.

3.  Step 3 is to slip on the metal ring that creates the hand guard on the sword. If you put rubber bands, or hose washers on either side it prevents the ring from slipping.  Side note, in the plumbing section of your hardware store you can find these in metal or plastic.  Pick metal. The plastic will break and leave sharp edges when you are  playing with them.  Also, this shows the metal piece facing down but we turned it up so that it keeps any sharp edges away from little hands. You can also cover this with electrical tape if you want to remove a rough edge.

Step 4: Wind Electrical tape around the bottom of the sword in the design of your choosing. My daughter picked red and black and my son wanted an all black handle!  If you don't have electrical tape then pick one of the decorative duct tapes that are so popular right now!

Step 5: Slide on the first sleeve of pipe insulation.  Below you will see the completed sword at this point  The small insulation looks great but does not provide enough cushion for the little ones so make sure you use both layers!

Step 6 :  This is your second round of insulation. We used Polyethylene self-seal pipe insulation for this part and it made it SUPER EASY to complete!  You just wrap it around the 'blade' of the sword, and stick together at the seam. 
Step 7: Cover the blade of the sword with one leg of a pair of tights and tie it off with string between the insulation and the metal plate. Once cut, the tights can tuck in the space before the handle.

Side note-- my husband went to buy tights at the store without me...  He needed enough 'legs' to fit 4 swords two swords for the kids, and two for the parents -  (we don't want to leave unarmed parents)  -  It is hilarious that he went to the store just to guy tights by himself, but then it is also funny that he bought a package that said 4X 1 on the top. He read this to mean  4 times 1 pair - meaning 4 pair.  Um no, he bought one pair of 4X tights! Love him ! 

Step 8: PLAY!!  In our house we had to make the 'battle rules' so that once kids got ready to play that our little energetic selves didn't get into trouble and lose our new toys! Rule #1: do not hit anyone without a sword (we learned from experience).

 Have fun, and have a battle!

Until Next Time,