How to make a Viking Shield Costume Tutorial

How to make a Viking Shield Costume Tutorial


Has this ever happened to you? Well, it doesn’t have to Viking shields, for businessmen everywhere. Hi, my name is Chris and I like to make things.
Let’s make a viking shield together. We can start by printing and cutting the template
and then tracing it on to some 6mm foam which we will then cut out with a sharp knife. Heat
up the foam with a blowdryer and shape it over your knee. Hot glue all the edges together
to make a nice dome. I like to hold the edges together while pressing down on a silicone
baking sheet, giving me a smooth seam. Cut a circle from a large sheet of 2mm thick craft
foam and, using your blowdryer, heat it up and mould it over the dome. This process can
take some time and patience so try not to do it when you’re feeling angry or frustrated.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. You can see that there are still some wrinkles
on mine and gluing it down is going to help get rid of some of those so start gluing from
the top and glue small sections at a time, trying to get the foam as smooth and even
as possible. Find yourself a bit of cardboard and poke two holes in it, 25 cm apart and
now you have a super sweet, super hi-tech circle making machine and you can cut out
that shield with your sharp knife. Make another hole in your circle making machine 10 cm from
the centre and this mark will help us glue the dome in the right place. But before we
do that, we’ll grab an old belt for the handle. Flip over your shield and mark the centre,
then make two marks 5 cm on either side of the centre hole. Then cut a slot the same
width as your belt. Thread the belt through the slots and you’ve got an adjustable handle.
You just might need to add a few holes to the belt to make it small enough. The great
thing is, our foam dome is going to cover up where that belt comes through on the front.
So let’s put that in place now. Glue the rim of the dome onto the shield, trying to smooth
out the wrinkles as much as possible. Draw some lines across the shield to make it look
like it’s made from strips of wood and create the indentations using a dull metal object
such as the handle of a spoon. Now cut four strips of craft foam 45 cm long by 3 cm wide.
Glue these strips vertically around the shield, one after another until you get back to where
you started. Cut off any excess so they line up nice and even. Now you can fold that edge
over and glue it down to the front of the shield, gluing any places where two strips
join up first. Work your way around the shield in sections. For the rivets, mix together
some five minute epoxy and apply it in small dots with the back of your paintbrush. Once
the epoxy is dry, paint the boards of the shield brown and the rest black. While the
last coat of brown paint is still wet, add a few little black marks and blend them in
to make it look a bit like woodgrain. Let the paint dry, put on some rubber gloves,
and get out your DecoArt Metallic Wax Paste. Apply a thin layer of the metallic paste to
the surfaces until they look a bit like this. Hey thanks for watching my video. You can get the pattern here. This is gonna be a really slow breakfast, Daddy! And then it catches
on your glasses and your glasses fall off. No I don’t want to wreck my glasses.

34 Replies to “How to make a Viking Shield Costume Tutorial”

  1. Thank you so much!! I love your videos and I have learned a lot of awesome tricks from you. I can't believe I'm working in some vikings accessories and costume for a photoshoot and you just uploaded this video! … I hope you and your family are doing well. Thank you so much again!!

  2. I really love your videos! You have great ideas! ^^ But I was wondering about that music. Could you tell me what you used for it? I like it soo much!!

  3. I've noticed I tend to do my metallic effects backward from yours. Stiple on a metallic paint (For my dark iron stuff, I use a metallic pewter acrylic), then dry-brush on the high-lights (where bits would be worn to a shiny finish, or paint is scraped off), and then dirty it up with a watere'd down black or dark brown in the corners, where it would hold dirt… Your way certainly seems FASTER, to be certain. XP

  4. I love to see you son (assume) playing with stuff you've made. I am really enjoying this Viking series also. I totally respect your creativity

  5. Your son has a bit of an accent, but not fully. I'm assuming this is the result of your lack of accent plus your wife's present one? 🙂

  6. Love your videos! We just got your pattern for the astronaut helmets and they should be ready just in time for halloween. It was quite a challenge to get the right kinds of foam here in finland but we managed with what we found:)

  7. Yet again, I'm absolutely amazed that something so simple like foam can turn into something incredible like this. I'm sure your son's costume will be the coolest on the street once everything is put together!

  8. This one time I made this cool kinda steampunk rocket pack and a big rocket boot (I was in a cast at the time and needed to incorporate it into my costume) and everyone kept asking where I bought it. Ever since, I've added at least one crappy detail to my costumes just to make them look a little homemade. Anyway, your stuff looks way more pro than mine ever did, so I'm sure you have the same "problem", possibly to an even greater extent. Haha. Anyway, your channel is so funny and creative. Keep up the good work.

  9. How much does it cost generally to create foam armor? For comic con next year, I want to create a set of dwarf armor (the type we see in the last Hobbit movie) using foam. Yet I'm not sure how much I'll be looking into cost wise.

  10. Your creations are always so amazing! I love to watch your videos, it's really inspired me to make cool things like you; I even started making my own patterns! I have one question: do you think that I'd be able to use just a thin coat of normal metalic paint instead of rub n buff or the paste?

  11. Instead of the epoxy for the rivets I use plastic googly eyes. You can buy a huge bag of them from most craft stores or online and they come in a ton of different sizes.

  12. I'm also making a viking costume for a halloween party… and I find your videos awesome.
    I don't even need the shield or axe, as I'm going to carry my 6-foot claymore sword… but I couldn't help but watch simply because these videos are so good. Keep up the good work.

  13. Hey everyone, my preferred paints and supplies change over time. You can check out my current favourites on my Amazon page (affiliate link) https://www.amazon.com/shop/lostwax