Spartan Shield

Design a shield fit for a hero! Ancient Greek warriors carried circular domed shields made from wood and bronze. Shields were decorated with motifs representing the city the warrior came from. One of the most famous designs was used by the Spartans, which looks like an upside down V, but is actually the Greek letter […]

Skill Level

Beginner

Time to Make

1 hour + drying time for paint and glue

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. Glue 2 x large cardboard plates together, leave to dry then paint a 5cm gold border around the edge on the reverse (white) side. The middle area can be left unpainted, as it won’t be seen.
  2. Paint the reverse (white) side on a small cardboard plate in red and another small plate gold. Leave the paint to dry.
  3. Mark the middle point on the small gold plate. Draw a symmetrical ‘V’ shape making the sides approximately 10cm in length and 2.5cm wide. Cut out the ’V’ then glue it onto the small red plate so the patterned edges on the plates match up.
  4. Glue the small plate onto the large gold plate, leave to dry.
  5. To make the shield stronger and easier to hold, glue it onto a wooden shield. Press the plate so it sticks all the way round with are no gaps. Leave to dry.

Top Tip

Lightly brush red paint around the gold edge on the shield to highlight the raised pattern.

What you'll need

AW654

EV126

AC523

AF937

ET357

AF943

Total £0.00

Items you'll also need

  • A glue brush
  • A paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • A pencil