How do I Create a Personal Coat of Arms?

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Coats of arms were once used to identify knights in battle.
Coats of arms were once used to identify knights in battle.

Creating a personal coat of arms can be a fun project for crafters of any age. You don't have to know your family history to make one. All you need to do is choose symbols and colors to represent you.

  1. Emblems

    • Heraldic emblems, or "charges," are a good way to start designing your coat of arms. Often these charges are animals that had symbolic importance in the Middle Ages. Choose an animal that represents you: a bear for protectiveness, a raven for constancy, a dog for loyalty, a lion or unicorn for courage, or a wolf for vigilance. Other symbols include a heart for sincerity, a moon for serenity, or a scepter for justice.

    Colors

    • Colors also hold symbolic importance on a coat of arms. The colors on a coat of arms are taken from the medieval French: gules, or red, for military strength; vert, or green, for hope and joy; azure, or blue, for loyalty; purpure, or purple, for royal majesty and justice; and sable, or black, for constancy. You also may include a pattern on the shield consisting of stripes, checkers or crosses.

    Layout

    • Don't make your coat of arms too cluttered. Follow a traditional medieval template. You can place your main symbol in the middle of the shield, or you can divide the shield up to four main segments. Each segment can have its own symbol, or repeat the main one. You may use designs, such as chevrons, crosses, or checkers, to divide the shield into sections.

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