How-to: DIY Cardboard Shield from Recycled Cardboard

DIY cardboard shield from upcycled cardboard (1 of 2)

Have a little knight in training at home?

It takes just a few minutes to make your favorite knight her very own shield out of recycled cardboard. A cardboard shield is cheaper than even a cheap-o plastic toy shield, doesn’t junk up the environment, and best of all–your kiddo can decorate it herself!

These shields are so quick and easy to make that you don’t have to limit your kid to just one; we made the shields in these photos as a party activity at my daughter’s dragon-themed ninth birthday party, constructing them ahead of time and letting the party guests paint them. The shields were a hit, and combined with balloon swords and another giant recycled cardboard box as a paint-and-play castle, there was a LOT of swordplay and castle defending and dragon taming at the party.

Here’s how to make your own:

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