How to Make a LARP Shield

LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) is like stepping into a video game or a movie. You get to be a character in a made-up world, often filled with adventure and battles. The most common LARPing accessory is a sword. To look the part, you might also need a shield. Here’s a fun and simple guide on how to make your own shield using foam, perfect for beginners!

What You Need:

  • Large sheet of foam: Thick craft foam or EVA foam works best.
  • Duct tape
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Adhesive (like contact cement or hot glue)
  • Paint (acrylic or spray paint)
  • Sealant (like Mod Podge or clear spray sealant)

Steps to Make Your Foam Shield:

Step 1: Design Your Shield

First, decide the shape of your shield. It could be round, oval, or even a cool kite shape. Draw the outline of your shield on the foam using your pencil and ruler. Think about what size feels right for you; not too big that it’s cumbersome, or too small that it won’t protect you.

Step 2: Cut Out the Shield

Using your craft knife or scissors, carefully cut along the outline you drew. Make sure to cut smoothly to keep the edges neat.

Step 3: Create the Handle

Cut out a strip of foam for the handle. It should be long enough to comfortably fit your hand. Place the strip on the back of the shield where it feels balanced. Use the duct tape to attach it securely. Make sure it’s really strong so it won’t come off during a battle!

Step 4: Reinforce the Shield

To make your shield sturdier, you can add an extra layer of foam. Just cut another piece the same shape as your shield and glue it to the back. This will make your shield thicker and more durable.

Step 5: Paint Your Shield

Now for the fun part—painting! You can paint your shield any color you like. Use acrylic or spray paint to create designs, symbols, or even coat of arms that represents your character. Let the paint dry completely.

Step 6: Seal the Paint

Once the paint is dry, apply a layer of sealant like Mod Podge or a clear spray sealant. This will protect the paint from chipping and make your shield last longer.

Step 7: Test Your Shield

Hold your shield and move around with it. Make sure it feels comfortable and balanced. You might need to adjust the handle or add more tape if it feels loose.

Tips:

  • Be Creative: Your shield can have whatever design you like. Add fake gems, ropes, or fabric for a more authentic look.
  • Safety First: Always make sure the edges of your shield are smooth and not sharp.
  • Play Fair: Remember, LARPing is about fun and fair play. Make sure your shield follows the rules of your LARP group.

Creating your own LARP shield is a great way to add a personal touch to your character. It’s also a fun project that can help you get more involved in the game. Enjoy making your shield and have a great time using it in your next LARP adventure!