How to make a Wooden Shield in 25 easy steps


How to make a wooden shield


I lied. We did make shields for our kids but it didn’t take 25 steps, it just felt like it.

Maybe I should give you a little background as to why we now have homemade shields that will lead to more sword fights and the inevitable time out.  We took our now six year old to the Renaissance Fair on his birthday. It was great fun and we tried to take part of all the festivities  However our revelry was slightly interrupted because my children were desperate for a shield.  They were begging the entire time!  My husband and I finally gave in and headed to the shield stall.  Then we saw the price.  The cheapest one was 25 bucks!  My husband said “No way, I can make that for cheaper.”

Now get this.  I did agree with him but I did NOT believe him.  The next day the men folk headed out to Home Depot to get the supplies and returned home to get to work.  I left to do errands and when I returned the shields were finished!!! I was shocked!  I couldn’t even hide the look of surprise on my face. I actually had to fess up that I did not believe he could actually do it!

So here are the shields and some tips of how to decorate them

1. Get some solid wood from Home Depot.  I am not sure what kind but not too heavy.  A kiddo has got to be able to lift it!  Then have someone that knows how to use a saw cut out the shield.  My husband downloaded four patterns from the internet and allowed the boys to make their selection. He drew their choice out on the board and Voila! A few slices with a saw and we have the raw makings of a shield.

Homemade Wooden shield made after seeing shields at a local Renaissance festival

2. Find a heavy duty ribbed ribbon… I forgot to grab the exact name!!  I found it in the ribbon section of Joanns.  I should have bought at least a yardinstead of a small roll. A yard will give you a little mistake room and allow you to size it to your child’s arm.   Drill it into the back of the shield.

Homemade Wooden shield made after seeing shields at a local Renaissance festival
3.  Gather your supplies to paint it.  No fancy paint required unless you are looking for that “fancy” look.
easy to make wooden shield
That paintbrush has seen better days….
4. Paint it!  I did not primer the shield.  I do not plan on sanding it down and starting fresh so I don’t care if the paint soaks in to the wood.  This is a great opportunity to have your kiddos help.  We did about four coats on each side.
Homemade Wooden shield made after seeing shields at a local Renaissance festival
Homemade Wooden shield made after seeing shields at a local Renaissance festival
4. Bordering.  I let my husband take this one over.  He is much better about exact measurements.  I believe he measured about an inch away from the edge.  The masking tape helps leave a clean line.
Homemade Wooden shield made after seeing shields at a local Renaissance festival

5. As you can see I already painted on the Cross. I found the image on the internet and copied it onto the shield.  The blue is painted directly on the green. If you want the blue to pop a little more either get a lighter blue OR outline the cross on the shield BEFORE the base coat and paint it separately.

6.  Once your design and base coats are completely finished and dried, apply a couple of coats of Mod Podge.  I did a Matte Finish because that is what I have on hand.

The finished product!
Homemade Wooden shield made after seeing shields at a local Renaissance festival

Both shields were constructed in the same step by step manner.  The “Phoenix” and Cross were both found on the internet and I just painted them on the shields. Pretty simple.

I hope it was informative!

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  1. I love this idea! I have four active boys myself. We tried making shields out of cardboard boxes and duct tape, but they didn't hold up very well. I think I'll have to try your way now…

  2. How creative! Our kids love to play with swords. Maybe we will make some. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hello Morgan, great job on the shields! Thanks for joining our Terrific Thursday Blog Hop and for posting our button! Have a great weekend! :)

  4. Thank you so much!!

  5. Those shields are AWESOME. Glad my son isn't looking, he'd have me out making one right this second. :)

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