We made 10 of these shields for our Percy Jackson party, so each guest could decorate and take home her own. Oh, and use them for battle practice. I was going to include this video in the original post about the party, but I was already sharing so many details, I decided to share this separately.
We decorated the shields with beads, acrylic paint, glitter glue, and other craft supplies to match each person’s cabin at Camp Half-blood. But, you could make a more realistic looking shield by creating a design with a glue gun then painting over the shield with Rub n Buff. (You can see how amazing Rub n Buff looks on my Steampunk Nerf Gun.)
How to Make a Shield: Video Tutorial
Supplies to Make a Shield
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- Pizza pan (ours were from the dollar store)
- Leather or faux leather vinyl fabric
- Screw posts, also called Chicago screws
And here’s the tools I used to make a shield in the video:
- metal ruler and sharpie permanent marker
- center punch
- drill with a 3/8 inch bit
- rotary cutter and mat
- contact cement
- craft supplies for decorating, including a glue gun
Like the sword in the picture? I’ll be posting how we made this wooden sword for a Nazgul (Lord of the Rings) costume soon!
These shields were so easy to make and inexpensive enough to use as party favors. Our guests had a lot of fun decorating their shields. Plus, this simple shield could be decorated and used for all sorts of Halloween costumes.