View Full Version : Making a sword sheath?

08-19-2009, 01:15 AM
I bought a sword online for one of my costumes, but because it's only a wooden practice sword, it didn't come with a sheath. Anyone have any suggestions on how to make one?
I was originally thinking cardboard, since it would be relatively durable. But I've never been able to cover cardboard without it having the little grooves showing. ^^
Thanks for any help! X3

08-19-2009, 10:12 AM
I would suggest using thompsons waterseal on the cardboard before you try to paint it. I would suggest at least 2 or 3 coats of the stuff. That should allow you to better cover the finished product with paint.

I would also suggest you picking up a small roll of drywall tape and wrapping at least the top part with it a couple of layers thick. You'll notice it gives it a neat texture and also heavily reinforces it from ripping especially if you have a strap holding it to your belt...

Quite honestly though, if its a wooden sword, like a boken... why not just use the ren fair approach... a sword frog... its a large ring that holds the sword, and those you can find in just about any hardware store! Fasten the ring to your belt and you are good to go... very simple and fairly cheap also.

08-19-2009, 08:46 PM
Well, I wasn't really wanting to use cardboard because of how horrible paint tends to look on it. It was just the first relatively easy material I could think of to use. XD But the drywall tape is a good idea. I'd have never thought of that. ^^

I considered not having the sword in a sheath and just carrying it around with just a simple leather loop on my belt, but the character has his in a sheath, and I'm looking for the costume to be as close to accurate as possible. I figure if I'm making a full set of armor plus wings, I might as well make a simple sheath too. XD

08-21-2009, 05:23 PM
Made a cardboard cutout that is about 1 inch larger than the sword. Then wrap the sword and cardboard up with 80cent craft foam in whatever design you want. Just paint the brown craft foam with dark brown and black and it will look like leather.

Thats my plan.