Things You'll Need
- Metal toboggan
- Measuring tape
- Hot glue
- Hot glue gun
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon table salt
- Metallic spray paint
Shields hold a certain appeal for many people who enjoy old world weaponry. Although you could spend your hard-earned money buying a metal shield, it is more rewarding when you make one on your own. When you were a kid you may have used your MacGyver ingenuity to create your own battle shield, but now that you are an adult you are not limited to kitchen pans, pillows and cardboard. This means that you can make a real shield of metal that can be held in front of you to block off any enemy attacks, or as a household decoration.
Place a metal toboggan seat-side down over a larger piece of cardboard. Measure the cardboard and draw a circle that is three inches bigger than the toboggan all the way around. Cut out the line you traced on the cardboard.
Place the toboggan in the center of the circular cardboard and use a pencil to trace its position. Apply hot glue to the rim of the toboggan and place it back in the center of the cardboard.
Mix two cups of flour, two cups of water and one tablespoon of regular table salt in a bowl. Mix until it is almost a creamy texture. Cut 12-inch long, 3-4 inch wide strips of newspaper, lots of various strip sizes are optimal.
Dip the newspaper strips into the flour mixture to create paper mache. Fill in the handles of the toboggan with the paper mache. Place the strips of paper mache over the toboggan and cardboard until it is completely covered. Overlap each piece with the last and continue to add layers to build up the shield, then let the shield dry until it is hard.
Spray the shield with a coat of metallic colored spray paint, such as chrome or bronze. Make each coat thin and allow it time to dry according to the directions on the spray paint can. A thick coat creates globs and takes much longer to dry. After the paint is dry, apply another coat if needed and continue the process until you achieve the desired metal color.
Jason Cooley began writing in 2005 as the owner of a personal-training business, authoring advertising copy and business contracts. He has since served as a writer with Oral B and On Top of My Diabetes.