Young boys love to pretend they are a knight in a shining suit of armour. They dream of slaying the dragon and rescuing the damsel in distress by dashing through all sorts of dangerous elements. Creating a homemade suit of armour is an enjoyable way to make your young knight's dream come true. At the very least, it will make him a contender for the costume contest prize at a Halloween or masquerade party.
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Things you need
- Juice can lids (about 40 for a child)
- Large nail
- Wire cutters
- Two large pieces of cardboard
- Scissors or utility knife
- Silver spray paint
- Duct tape
Punch holes in the top, sides and bottom edges of each juice can lid with a hammer and a large nail.
Thread a long piece of wire through the holes in each juice can lid to the next one. Bend the wire around the edge of the juice can lid to finish each row. This will create the armour for the front and back of the knight's upper body.
Create a long rectangle shape out of the juice can lids leaving a hole in the middle for the head. This will drape over the shoulder area and hang down in the front and the back.
Cut out one piece of cardboard with a utility knife or a pair of sharp scissors into a square shape with a rounded bottom. This will create the shield.
Paint the shield with the silver spray paint and allow it to dry. You can use acrylic paint and an artist's paintbrush to paint a coat of arms symbol on the shield if you desire. Allow it to dry.
Make a circle loop out of the duct tape; you need it to be large enough to insert your wrist into it. Tape it to the back of the shield, and staple it to the cardboard to secure it.
Draw a sword shape onto another piece of cardboard and cut it out.
Wrap aluminium foil around the sword or paint it with silver spray paint. Allow it to dry completely.
Wear a grey or black sweatshirt and silver or black tights under the suit of armour.
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