Make a tomahawk

After the success of the Samurai sword, we have moved on to a different weapon this week, this time from Native America; the deadly tomahawk.

Native American tomahawk craft for kids

Before the arrival of the English and French settlers who brought iron with them, tomahawks were made from bone or sharpened stone attached to a wooden shaft. They were used to cut trees and as tools,as well as being for hand to hand combat.

If two tribes made peace it is said that they would bury a ceremonial tomahawk to ‘bury the hatchet’.

Here is our version:

You will need:

  • Some cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Scrap paper
  • Paint
  • Twine
  • Feathers and beads to decorate

First, cut out the shapes out of cardboard – you can use our template. Then stick them all together with glue and allow to dry. It should be four layers thick which will make a good solid tomahawk.

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Once it is dry, you can add a layer of papier-mache, using the scrap paper and some PVA glue diluted with water. Again leave it to dry.

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Now the fun bit – decorating the tomahawk. We painted the blade grey to look like stone then decorated it with twine, plastic beads and some feathers we had picked off the beach. We had to stick the feathers into the beads and twine with some glue. The boys wanted to add a bit of blood to intimidate the English settlers but we have left this off for the pictures.

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Finished. It is hard to resist chopping something–just try!

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