How to Make a Knight's Costume for a Kid's Party: 12 Steps
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Add a cape and a crown and now you have a valiant king costume too!

If your kiddo spends most of the time in his imaginary world of evil dragons and brave knights, what better costume for his next party than a knight in shining armor! You don't have to break the bank -- or even venture beyond your recycling box -- for a sturdy costume that will last your youngster through party games, sword play with his friends and endless hours of pretend play at home afterwards. So, show that you're one crafty mama and recycling savvy at the same time with a costume that'll be the envy of the party.


  1. 1
    Measure around your youngster's chest and add about 6 inches. You'll need a piece of cardboard at least this wide for the armor. Measure from just beneath his arms to his waist. Now you have the length for the cardboard armor too.
  2. 2
    Draw a rectangle according to the above measurements on a piece of cardboard. If you don't have a single piece large enough, that's okay -- cut two pieces instead and use duct tape to tape the sides together (but never confess to a duct tape-king spouse that the fix-it-all tape came to your rescue!).
  3. 3
    Shape the long piece of cardboard into a circle and tape the side edges together with the duct tape. (Shh! don't tell.)
  4. 4
    Cut two pieces of cardboard, each about 2 inches wide. You'll use these to make the armor's shoulder straps so each one needs to be long enough to reach from his chest, over his shoulder and down to his shoulder blades. Secure the ends of the shoulder straps to the armor. (You guessed it -- secure those ends with duct tape.)
  5. 5
    Spray paint the outside of the armor with the metallic silver spray paint. (Make it a good, thick coat to cover up any evidence of the duct tape.) That's it -- the armor is finished and you can go hide the roll of duct tape now.
  6. 6
    Lay a large piece of cardboard flat and draw a shield shape with a pencil. If you get stumped, think of a tear drop shape with a flat, rather than rounded, top. Now, just cut out the shape.
  7. 7
    Take the cardboard shield shape into the backyard -- or other airy space -- and spray one side with some metallic silver spray paint. Let it dry while you sneak in a few minutes of mommy time and then flip the shield over and spray the other side.
  8. 8
    Draw the outline of a cross on one side of the shield and then fill it in with paint pens or markers. If you're feeling artistic today, you can draw a fancy coat of arms instead.
  9. 9
    Cut a thin strip of cardboard about 6 inches long. Glue the ends to the back of the shield so your young knight can grip the shield firmly in his next fierce battle.
  10. 10
    Draw a sword shape on another sheet of cardboard -- think of a long "t" with a pointy top for the t’s stick and the cross part of the letter way down low. Cut out the sword shape.
  11. 11
    Coat both sides of the sword with the metallic silver spray paint and don't forget about that mommy time while the paint dries.
  12. 12
    Glue a few imitation gemstones along the cross handle of the sword. That's it -- your mighty young knight's costume is complete and he's ready to party like it's 1799.


  • If you don't have any silver metallic spray paint readily available, pull out the aluminum foil from your kitchen drawer instead to give the armor, shield and sword a shiny coating.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Metallic silver spray paint
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticksImitation gemstones
  • Armor

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Categories: Education and Communications

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