DIY Paper Shields

Create Your Own Superhero Shields

Hi Friends!

I originally came up with this project a couple of years ago when my son had a Superhero themed Birthday Party.  Each Party guest created their own Superhero identity with capes and DIY paper shields.  It was a hit.  I keep the materials on hand because we continue to create shields on a regular basis.  I also think that it is a hit with kids because it is art that they created, that they can wear.  Yes, they can fight with the shields, but a lot of times my guys are just walking around with the shields strapped to their wrist.  Little boys have something in their DNA that converts any item into a weapon.  I spent the first few years of parenting trying to change this behavior.  Now, I accept it and try to encourage creativity in their imaginary battles.

DIY Paper Shields

Materials Needed for DIY Paper Shields

10-inch Cake Circles


Hot glue gun

Art supplies ( markets, paint, stickers, etc.)

DIY Paper Shields


Here is your cake circle. One side is white  and the other is brown.  I use the white as  the front.

DIY Paper Shields

With my hot glue-gun I attached a loop of elastic to the back of the paper circle.  I made it big enough so that my kids and easily fit the elastic over their hand and around their wrists.

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You can get elaborate as you want with the designs. My boys chose to use markers and paint for these particular shields.  For the birthday party we used felt and a mixture of textures on the shields.

DIY Paper Shields

My shield is the viking helmet with the bling. I had to protect myself from my vicious warriors.  This is a really simple and fun project and kids of all ages seem to enjoy. Now, I have to go and save the world from evil-doers.


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Thanks, Carmody



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One Response to DIY Paper Shields

  1. emmymom2 April 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Those are so cute, will have to do this with my son. You are so right about it just being part of their DNA

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