Knight & Shield Crafts

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Knight & Shield Crafts
Create your own knight attire with a few simple crafts. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

If you have a child that likes to battle dragons, rescue princesses and gallop on a brave horse, then these crafts are for you. The best part about these crafts is that making them is only the beginning of the fun. After completion, they can all be worn by a little knight to enhance pretend play.

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Transform an old pillowcase into a knight's tunic. Cut arm holes at the side seams of the pillowcase and a hole for the head at the closed end. Cut a cross out of felt and adhere it to the pillowcase with craft glue. Decorate the tunic with gold or silver puff paints to add some drama. You can give the garment a little more shape by buckling one of the child's belts around the outside.


Every knight needs a sword. Make your own out of cardboard, electrical tape, clear packing tape and aluminium foil. Cut a sword out of cardboard. Trace the cutout sword onto another piece of cardboard and cut it out, making two identical cardboard swords. Use the packing tape to tape the swords together. Cover the blade portion of the sword with aluminium foil. Wrap the entire handle with electrical tape. Start at the bottom of the handle and work towards the blade, being careful to slightly overlap the layers of tape. Wrap the entire sword with clear packing tape to improve durability.


The shield is another of the knight's necessities. Cut a shield shape out of cardboard and wrap the entire cutout with aluminium foil. Cut a similar but smaller shield out of white paper. Decorate the white paper shield to make your own coat of arms. Use colourful painter's tape to attach the white paper coat of arms to the front of the foil-wrapped shield. Create a handle by flipping the shield over and using the painter's tape to attach an empty toilet paper roll to the back of the shield.


Add a knight's helmet to a child's hat collection by using a clean, empty milk jug. Cut off the top of the jug using the bottom of the handle as a starting point. Discard the top. Spray-paint the saved portion silver. Poke a hole on each side of the jug and thread a string of elastic through the holes. Make the elastic long enough to comfortably go beneath the child's chin, but snug enough to hold the helmet in place. Finish the helmet by hot-gluing one or more feathers on top.

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