If you are going to dress up like an ancient Greek soldier for a class play, Halloween or a costume party, you may have difficulty locating costume armour that looks authentic. One solution is to make your own Greek armour using craft supplies. This will enable you to customise the Greek armour using metallic paint to suit the look you are trying to achieve while saving a lot of money in the process.
Place two craft foam sheets onto a flat surface. Select foam sheets that are roughly three feet wide and four feet long. Select any colour of foam you prefer.
Cut out one oval from each craft foam sheet, each measuring about 2 1/2 feet wide and 3 feet long using scissors. Position the oval forms on the table so that the wider end is facing up.
Punch out two holes from both oval forms using a single-hole fabric punch. Position the holes so that they are each 2 inches from the corner.
Cut four 8-inch pieces of twine using scissors. Tie one piece of twine onto each hole.
Squeeze puff paint around one side of both oval forms, drawing out designs like spirals, swirls or geometric shapes. Allow the puff paint to dry for 20 minutes. Select any colour you prefer.
Paint a layer of bronze acrylic paint over both oval forms using a paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry for 30 minutes. The bronze paint will make the armour look like the bronze metal of real Ancient Greek armour.
Paint a layer of clear acrylic glaze over both oval forms, which will protect the paint and will make the armour appear shiny and glossy like metal. Allow the glaze to dry for 30 minutes.
Place the two ovals together with the painted sides facing out, and tie the corresponding pieces of twine together. You can now slide the Greek armour over your head to wear it.
Things you need
- Craft foam sheets
- Single-hole fabric punch
- Squeezable puff paint
- Bronze acrylic paint
- Clear acrylic glaze