Today I have a tutorial on how to help your child make their own Minecraft tools! For this project, you will need:
- Large piece of cardboard (a broken down shipping box works great)
- Sheets of colored paper
- Old cardboard tubes (from paper towels, wrapping paper, etc)
- Clear packing tape
- Glue Stick
You will also need to print out a picture of the Minecraft tool you want to make. My recommendation: type in the Minecraft tool you want to make in your Google search bar and scroll through the images to find one that clearly shows the block pattern.
Now, if you’re like me, despite the fact that your child has talked to you ad nauseum about Minecraft, you still don’t really know that much about the different materials the tools can be made out of. The options are wood, stone, gold, iron, diamond, and netherite. Each of these materials has a different color pallet. For example, in the picture above, the teal sword is diamond. Choose a design based on what color paper you have, or just ask your kid what they want!
After you have printed out the picture of the tool you are going to make, you will need to get a sheet of paper in each of the colors. Using a ruler, draw 1.5 inch squares. Depending on the age of your child, they can do this themselves.
I have found that one sheet of paper for each color yields more than enough squares for any particular tool.
At this point, you simply use a glue stick to attach the squares onto your cardboard, following the pattern on your printout. The squares do not need to be glued on perfectly – later you will cover the whole thing with packing tape. The glue just needs to hold the squares in place.
Also, don’t worry about your cardboard having folds in it. The folds will be covered by the squares and the entire tool will be reinforced with the paper towel rolls at the end.
Once all the squares have been glued on, cover the entire tool with packing tape. I usually do this part, but depending on your kid, they could also do this themselves.
I like to drag my ruler over the entire thing to get any air bubbles out and really make sure the tape is stuck on there!
After the entire tool has been taped over, roughly cut out the shape. It is much easier to cut around all of the corners when you have the tool cut out of the rest of the cardboard.
My son cannot cut cardboard well, so I always do this part for him. You may have noticed that there is a bend in the middle of the cardboard. Don’t worry, the next step is where we reinforce the cardboard so it is much stronger!
Using packing tape, attach the cardboard tubes to the back of the tool. If the tape sticks out past the tool, don’t worry – either fold it over to the front or cut it off!
The paper towel tubes serve two purposes: to strengthen the tool and to be a handle.
Depending on which tool you make, you will need to add paper towel tubes in different places.
These cardboard tools are surprisingly durable and so easy to make – your kid will want one in every material and style!