Make Homemade Body Armor & Shields

You can make your own body armor and shield out of craft materials.

If you are interested in making a knight costume for Halloween, a class play or a role-playing game, it can be challenging to make the costume look authentic with basic household materials. One solution is to make body chainmail armor out of soda-can tabs and a shield that appears to be constructed out of metal.


1. Lay 40 soda-can tabs side by side on a flat surface.

2. Thread a needle, and stitch the soda tabs together by sewing through the holes.

3. Lay a second row of 40 soda-can tabs side by side above the first row.

4. Sew the second row of tabs together by stitching through the holes.

5. Sew the first row to the second row.

6. Repeat these steps until you have 30 rows of 40 tabs. This will create the front of the chainmail body armor.

7. Repeat the entire process to create the back of the chainmail body armor.

8. Lay the front of the body armor onto the back of the body armor.

9. Sew halfway up each side to create armholes.

10. Sew in 3 inches from each side along the top to create a head hole.

11. Cut out a 3-foot oval from cardboard.

12. Apply craft glue to one side of the oval.

13. Cover the glue with aluminum foil. Allow the glue to dry completely.

14. Use the eraser end of a pencil to draw designs into the foil.

15. Cut out a rectangle from cardboard measuring 3 inches high by 6 inches long.

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16. Hot-glue the short ends of the rectangle to the back of the shield. These will be the handles.

17.Allow the hot glue to cool completely before using the shield.