Handmade Cardboard box viking shields craft for kids

With all the shops being closed we haven’t been able to go out and buy our Christmas presents this year so we have had to rely on online shopping. In a way its actually been easier to get organised but have you ever noticed how much packaging some companies use? We ordered a tiny little toy and It came in an absolutely massive box! Our recycling bins are stuffed with boxes and with us not being able to use the recycling centre we thought we would recycle them ourselves with a fun little craft.

My son wanted to make a shield and in particular one like the Viking in one of his favorite stories. Viking history is so interesting and whilst we were making our little cardboard box Viking shield we took some time to learn about Vikings via some age appropriate sources. My son really loved National geographic kids’ 10 facts about Vikings post. Do you or your little one know any fun Viking facts? We’d love to hear them!

Here’s what we used

  • An old cardboard box
  • Washi tape
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to make a cardboard box Viking shield

First you’ll need to cut out the circles to make your shield. For the base of the shield you’ll want a large circle and a slightly smaller one. We drew around a large dinner plate and a regular dinner plate to make ours. Then for the boss in the center cut out three smaller circles, each one slightly smaller than the last. we used mugs and an egg cup to draw around!

Now its time to paint your shield circles in little one’s chosen colors! The largest circle will make the outer rim, the slightly smaller one will make the main body of the shield and the three small ones will make the boss.

Once the main shield circle is dry add any extra decorations. To keep it simple for my little one we just used washi tape to make lines.

Handmade cardboard box viking shields craft for kids

Glue the circles down centrally on each other with the largest at the back and the smallest at the front.

Cut out a strip of cardboard and glue it onto the back in a curve to make the shield handle.

Handmade viking shield craft for children

We then finished off our shields by adding some buttons around the edge to look like nails. Don’t they look fab! My little boy has had so much fun playing with his!

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