A Mighty Kids' Craft: DIY Superhero Shields
Not all heroes wear capes, but some of the best have a shield. Whether for Halloween or everyday make-believe, a superhero shield is both a fun project and an easy craft that will perfectly complement any costume. Add a dose of creativity to the project by having the kids come up with their own superpowers and hero name. Place the chosen name on the shield for all to see, or simply put an "S" for "super." Below, find a step-by-step guide to making the accessory.
In this how-to, you'll learn how to use the following materials to create a superhero shield:
- Scissors (Martha Stewart All Purpose Scissors, $20.99, michaels.com)
- 12- to 14-inch Cardboard cake rounds in gold (Wilton Round Glitter Cake Boards, $7.49, michaels.com)
- Glitter glue or gel glue (Magna Tac 809 Permanent Adhesive, $15.99, amazon.com)
- Glitter (Martha Stewart Metallic Glitter Set, $13.99, michaels.com)
- Duct tape
Print out a large letter "S" for "super" or the first letter of the child's corresponding superhero alias to use as a stencil. Pin the paper letter to the felt, and then cut out the chosen letter shape from the felt. If you like, you can cut a second, slightly larger letter from another color of felt to create an artful shadowed look.
Place the felt letter onto the center of the shield and trace the outskirts of the letter with glue. Then remove the letter and use the glue to make lines or patterns around the edge of the shield. Be sure to do this step quickly so you have time to before the glue dries.
Sprinkle the glitter generously all over the sticky glue, and let dry so the glitter sticks. Then, once dry, shake off the extra glitter into a container—you can reuse this extra glitter for another project. Then glue the felt shape onto the middle of the shield.
Before the glue dries, sprinkle the glitter generously all over the glue. Let the glue dry so the glitter sticks to the glue. Shake off the extra glitter (you can reuse this extra glitter for another project). Glue the felt shape onto the middle of the shield.
Make a handle on the back of the shield with duct tape. Now your little superhero and their shield is ready for whatever adventure their mind can think of.