It’s easy to make a shield out of a pizza pan and a few simple supplies. Watch the video tutorial for all the details.
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.