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How to Design Your Own Coat of Arms for Kids

Updated April 17, 2017

In the Middle Ages, helmets and armour could make it difficult to determine friend from foe on the battlefield. The solution was for each knight to paint something personally significant on his shield or armour. It became fashionable for families to design their own artwork, or coat of arms, that was personally significant to them. Colours, animals and symbols were used to stand for different personality traits as well as family history. When creating your own coat of arms, keep in mind the personality traits and family history you would like to highlight.

Trace the shield template onto the sheet of plywood. Coat of arms designs can also be displayed on things such as tapestries or clothing.

Use the scroll saw to cut out your shield shape. Sand the edges and top of your plywood sheild, making sure there are no sharp edges or splinters.

Spray paint your shield shape with silver or gold paint. Allow the wood to dry overnight.

Learn about heraldry and symbols for coat of arms (see "References"). Decide what personality traits and family history you would like to display on your coat of arms. Many coats of arms were separated into four different sections, highlighting many facets of a knight's family or personal triumphs.

Decorate your coat of arms using paint or coloured permanent markers. If you have chosen to separate your coat of arms into four sections, use two sections for personal triumphs or personality traits, and two sections to represent your family or history. Write your last name in bold letters somewhere on the shield.

Display your coat of arms in your room. If you would like to use your shield to dress up, attach the two leather straps to the back of the shield using a staple gun. Put your forearm through one strap, and hold the other in your hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheild shape template
  • Plywood
  • Scroll saw or jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Silver or gold spray paint
  • Tempera paints
  • Permanent markers
  • 2 leather straps
  • Staple gun
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About the Author

Kara Bietz has been writing professionally since 1999. Her professional observation work has appeared in the early childhood education textbook "The Art of Awareness" by Margie Carter and Deb Curtis. Bietz has worked in the field of early childhood education for more than 16 years. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in child development from Mesa College.