Boys have been creating swords out of household items since childhood. The sword can be as creative or as simple as the user would like. Once you have your available materials, you can create a sword from the comfort of your own home. Preferred materials seemed to be either wood or metal found in places like the back yard holding up the fence. Here is a YouTube video demonstrating one of many sword-making methods: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmKkfSEtsu8.