Crests or seals may be designed for free using an online generator. These generators may be used as part of the lesson when teaching children about the Middle Ages. The generators walk the user through the entire process step-by-step. Once finished, the crest may be e-mailed or printed. More formal crests may be designed at websites that make and sell coats of arms to genealogists.
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Navigate to the Victoria and Albert Museum website (see link under references). Click on the button that says "Create a coat of arms."
Select the male or female shield on the next page. The male shield shape is a traditional shield and the female is a diamond. Click "Next."
Divide your shield into sections by selecting one of the four different options at the right of your shield. You can also elect to leave your shield undivided by selecting that option. Click "Next" when you have made your choice.
Choose the colour that you want the shaded parts of your shield to be. The options are red, blue, green, purple and black. Click the "Next" button.
Choose how you want to further divide your coat of arms. Your options are in a chevron pattern, an x pattern or a wide strip down the middle of the shield. Click the "Next" button to continue.
Select the colour you want in this division. The options are orange or light grey. Make your selection and then click the "Next" button.
Decide whether you want roses, lions, dragons, stars or birds to decorate the area of the shield that you coloured orange or grey. Click on your choice. You will be taken to a screen where you can select the colour that you would like to make these pictures. You can choose from red, blue, green, purple or black. Click "Next."
Choose the nobleman or queen's crest. This part of the coat of arms encircles the shield on three sides. Click "Next" when you are finished.
Select the slogan for the bottom banner on the next page. These sayings are written in Latin and convey sentiments such as "peace and plenty" and "through effort to the stars," among others. Click the button that says "Next." Print, e-mail or start a new coat of arms from the next screen.
Tips and warnings
- You can go back to the previous step and make changes at any time by clicking the "Back" button at the bottom of each page. It is located on the right-hand side under the area that contains your options.
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