Monday, January 26, 2015
Captain America Shield (with printable star template)
One of Jude's favorite super heroes is Captain America. I think he'd wear his Halloween Costume every day if I let him. Instead he has a pseudo-costume hoodie.
Everyone knows Captain America needs his shield, but this Captain didn't have one. We had to fix that!
Large cardboard box
4 round objects to trace - each should be about 1-2" smaller in diameter. We used:
12" pot lid
10" dinner plate
9" paper plate
8" mixing bowl
red, white, and blue paint
7" star template
chenille stems ("pipe cleaners")
duct tape (or other heavy-duty tape)
Begin by tracing your largest circle onto the box.
Cut it out. (This is probably a job for an adult. A utility knife works much more efficiently than scissors.)
Using the remaining round objects, draw concentric circles on the cutout.
Begin painting the circles. Paint the outside-most (1st) and third circles red. (Glitter paint optional.)
Depending on your paint, it may take a few coats to get it dark enough. (Acrylic paint will be more vibrant with the first coat. We use poster paint since it comes in washable versions, but it doesn't have the same coverage.) A blast with a hairdryer will help speed things along.
Print the star template. Cut it out, place it in the center of the shield, and trace.
Paint the remaining outer circle and the star white.
Allow to dry (or use the hairdryer again).
Paint the outside of the star blue.
Bend a chenille stem into a handle, and tape the ends to the back of the shield. (You may want to twist two stems together, and then shape the handle, to give kiddo a little more to hang on to.)
Now, go lead the Avengers and save the world!
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