How to Make a Viking Shield from Cardboard & Colored Paper

This shield craft for kids uses cardboard and leftover craft supplies to make a Viking Shield. Kids of all ages will have fun making the DIY Viking Shield at home or as part of a history lesson plan in the classroom or homeschool. Kids Activities Blog loves simple crafts like this DIY shield!

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Let’s make our own Viking Shield!

Viking Shield Craft for Kids

Has your child ever tried to figure out how to make a shield for protection in a pretend battle? Here are some easy steps on making a very sturdy Viking shield.

Making a cardboard shield is actually super easy and a lot of fun. This DIY Viking shield will help not only give your child a creative outlet, but it could also be a fun time to have a bit of a history lesson as well.

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How to Make a Viking Shield from Cardboard

Not to mention, when the shield is actually crafted it will promote pretend play as your little one will be ready to dive into battle to fight all the invisible bad guys!

Supplies Needed To Make A Shield

A lot of these materials you may have already around the house. If not, they are easily found and even easier on the budget!

Instructions to Make A Viking Shield

Step 1

Use the scissors or box cutter to cut the board into two circles with one much smaller than the other.

Step 2

Color each circle. My son used green bulletin board paper for the large circle, and aluminum foil for the small circle.

Step 3

Decorate the large circle with stripes using the tape.

Step 5

Next you will attach the handle. Punch two holes in the small circle for the bolts.

Step 6

Line up the small circle with the center of the larger circle and punch two holes in the large circle that match the holes in the small circle.

Step 7

Put a washer on each bolt and insert it into a hole on the front of the shield making sure that it goes through both pieces of board with the smaller board on top. Repeat with the second bolt.

Step 8

Line up the strip of fabric with the two holes and punch the holes in the fabric.

Step 9

On the back side of the shield, attach the fabric to the shield by placing it on the two bolts.

Step 10

Add a washer and nut to each bolt.

Step 11

You can decorate the front of the shield a little more or just call it done.

Finishing The Cardboard Shield

I had hoped my son would make a classy looking shield with just two basic stripes on it but he loved decorating with the different colors of tape and went a little crazy with it. I’m glad he had so much fun and customized his shield just the way he wanted it.

How to Make a Viking Shield from Cardboard & Colored Paper

How to make a viking shield with cardboard and paper - Kids activities blog

Has your child ever tried to figure out how to make a shield for protection in a pretend battle? Here's how to make a very sturdy Viking shield.

Materials

  • Large piece of sturdy cardboard or foamboard
  • Scissors or box cutter to cut board
  • Materials to color the shield such as paint, heavy construction paper, aluminum foil
  • Colored tape such as duct tape, painters tape, or electrical tape
  • Two 1/4 inch bolts with round head and flat end (not pointed)
  • Four washers
  • Four nuts
  • Small strip of fabric for handle

Instructions

  1. Use the scissors or box cutter to cut the board into two circles with one much smaller than the other.
  2. Color each circle. My son used green bulletin board paper for the large circle, and aluminum foil for the small circle.
  3. Decorate the large circle with stripes using the tape.
  4. Next you will attach the handle. Punch two holes in the small circle for the bolts.
  5. Line up the small circle with the center of the larger circle and punch two holes in the large circle that match the holes in the small circle.
  6. Put a washer on each bolt and insert it into a hole on the front of the shield making sure that it goes through both pieces of board with the smaller board on top. Repeat with the second bolt.
  7. Line up the strip of fabric with the two holes and punch the holes in the fabric.
  8. On the back side of the shield, attach the fabric to the shield by placing it on the two bolts.
  9. Add a washer and nut to each bolt.
  10. You can decorate the front of the shield a little more or just call it done.
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Love Making A Viking Shield? Then You’ll Love These Ideas!

So now you know how to make a shield. What will you do with this cool Viking shield? Here are a few other kids activities that might go along nicely with it:

How did your cardboard Viking Shield craft turn out?

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