How to Make a Shield

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Making a homemade shield is a very useful project for Halloween, in order to complete the perfect medieval costume or to use for make-believe. One of the best aspects of this craft project is that it saves you from having to purchase a shield and doesn't require expensive material. When finished, you can paint the shield any color or add designs if you wish.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard, large sheet
  • Poster board, large sheet
  • Pencil
  • Paper clips
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Spray paint
  • Masking tape
  • Craft glue
  • Lay your piece of poster board on top of the piece of cardboard. Trace a shield shape on the poster board that is approximately 18 to 20 inches long and 14 to 16 inches wide.

  • Secure the poster board to the cardboard with paper clips and cut out the shield shape that you just drew. You should now have two shield shapes: one made out of poster board and the other made out of cardboard. Remove the paper clips.

  • Cut a rectangular panel out of cardboard that is approximately 7 inches tall and 1/2 inch to 1 inch less wide than the width of your shield. For example, if your shield is 14 inches wide, this panel should be 13 to 13.5 inches wide. The rectangular panel allows your shield to bend slightly, giving it a more realistic appearance. However, in order for your shield not to collapse, you need to cut the cardboard so that the corrugated lines inside of the cardboard run horizontally when the shield is upright.

  • Lay the rectangular panel against the top of the cardboard shield. Tape the right and left sides in place with duct tape.

  • Cut two strips out of cardboard that are approximately 2 inches wide and 7 inches long. Lay them vertically on top of your rectangular panel, approximately 10 inches apart. Tape them into place at the top and bottom with duct tape. These are your handles.

  • Spray-paint the white poster board any color or colors that you want. You can lay masking tape over the poster board to create designs or patterns by spraying in between the gaps of the masking tape. Allow it to dry completely and remove the masking tape, if used.

  • Apply craft glue to the back of the piece of poster board, particularly to the perimeter. Press it against the cardboard shield. Allow it to dry.

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