My daughter is a huge Minecraft fan. I mean huge. It is all she talks about. If you don't know what it is read more about it from their website:
Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.
It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.
But when we went to a big box toy store recently and came across a Minecraft Iron Sword she wanted- I refused to buy it. Why? It was cheap foam and it was $20! No way was I going to pay that. Today I had an idea. Why not make my own. I did my research on what the particular sword that she was wanting looked like. Of course, there were several swords. Check this out. I am going to show you how I made this:
Because I already had everything in our home- It was FREE to make. Here is what you are going to need!
- White Paper
- Modge Podge
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Black Marker
- Xacto Knife
Now, I searched and searched and found a pattern to go off of visually. Here is is below for your reference. I counted how many blocks there were for the sword.
I took two pieces of white paper and placing them like this:
Now I free handed the lines and blocks but I am sure that you can use a ruler to do it. I did them exactly as they are in the picture I provided you.
I took the paper and put it on card board and then took my Xacto Knife and traced around the sword with it. After I had cut into the board I could see well enough to cut it out completely with the knife. I did this TWO times.
I traced over my pattern that I made another time so that I could have it on the other side. I also traced the pen I used with black marker as you can see below. I taped both sides together and put take on every edge. I could have glued it but to be honest with you, I wanted to get it done in one day rather than waiting over night and I thought this was sturdier.
I know my lines do not look that straight in the picture but I corrected it when I painted. Anywho- I used Mod Podge and "glued" the paper on the front, and took my paintbrush and brushed over it completely. I waited for it to dry and did the same thing on the other side. I also cut up bits of paper and covered every edge with paper and added Mod Podge too. (Optional for you).
After it dried, I mixed up my acrylic paints to match the colors you see in the template in the beginning of this post. I did two coats over the entire thing.It took about an hour to dry. And... drummmrooll pleasssee. The finished product!
As you can see my little girl is in LOVE with it. I am happy with the way that it turned out too! I saved a ton of money doing this myself and I think she will appreciate it more because mommy made it! I may add Mod Podge over the entire thing to give it a glossy look when I get a chance. Before the weekend I hope that I can get a pickaxe from the game done for her! I will post that tutorial when we do it! From my little gamer to yours- Happy Gaming!!
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