Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Craft Project: Decorative Knight's Shield

Step 1: Mix a salt dough. I used 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, and approx. 3/4
cup of warm water. Knead until dough is of a Play-Doh consistency. Kid
safe, as long as they don't eat too much. (High salt content = dehydration)

Step 2: Select a piece of cardboard on which to mold your form. This particular
 bit of cardboard is from a frozen pizza, so it was already round and didn't need to be cut.

Step 3: Mold the dough into an emblem for your shield. I used a snake.
Use water to smooth cracks out of your sculpted piece. You can use
tools to shape it, such as a tooth pick, butter knife, or fork, but this will be
covered so fine details will be obscured anyhow.

Step 4: Bake in oven at 250 degrees. These were hard in two hours.

Step 5: Cover with aluminum foil. Be careful, the foil tears easily! (Note: for
better adhesion, you may cover your form in spray glue or Mod Podge before
applying the foil, but it might make it more difficult to manipulate the foil.)

For variations on the salt dough recipe, click here. Salt dough can be used for all kinds of things, but make it in small batches because as it begins to dry it gets harder to work with. I made two shields, a snake (first) and a dragon (second). By the time I started on the second piece, the dough was already cracking and spongy and wouldn't hold detail as well, so work quickly. 

Step 6: I will add black paint for an antiqued look and maybe some orange-red and green for rust and corrosion, applying the paint in a thin coat to allow the silver to shine through. 

Step 7: Add wall mount using hot glue.

I will post pictures of the finished project later.

Feel free to use this idea or any variation of it for your own craft project or party decoration! These will be used to help lend the house a "castle" look for my daughter's Princess Masquerade Ball birthday party.


  1. That child looks so happy... and after seeing that final shield, I understand why. What a great kids project!

  2. Thanks, C. He doesn't get a lot of one-on-one time with two baby sisters, so he absolutely loves when we get to do "projects" together. He's a great kid. :)