Need quick Halloween costumes? Here’s a homemade cardboard suit of armor for knight costume. A knight is a popular costume both for Halloween and Catholic All Saints Eve parties. For Halloween, the knight may be a character from Game of Thrones, Dungeons and Dragons, World of Warcraft, Beowulf or King Arthur. At an All Saints party a knight may be St. George or St. Martin of Tours. He might also be the Roman Centurion who helped Jesus and His Mother. Use this DIY guide to make a suit of armor out of cardboard from your recycle bin, perfect for dragon-slayers young and old.
For suit of armor, you will need:
cardboard box (or scraps)
markers, regular or permanent
3# margarine tub, milk jug or 5-quart ice cream pail for a helmet (depending on the size of the child or adult)
plastic masquerade mask (with round eye holes–you can cut this from cardboard, too)
several pieces of fabric-covered elastic (rubber bands and ponytail holders work also)
sharp scissors, Widget cutting tool or X-Acto knife
Elmer’s glue, hair spray or paraffin (sealing wax)
silver spray paint or roll of aluminum foil (if young children are helping, use foil for safety)
colored plastic wrappers and foil bits form recycle bin
brads or paper fasteners
loose-knit gray sweater or gray sweatshirt
gray sweat pants or pajama bottoms
How to make a knight suit of armor costume:
Helmet: Spray paint milk jug or plastic tub silver or cover with foil. If you’re using a milk jug, cut away the handle leaving the hat shape. If you leave the handle on the ice cream pail, it should fit loosely so it doesn’t pose a choking danger. Cut two small strips of cardboard and tape them to both sides of the eye mask. Poke holes on both sides of the helmet and through the cardboard pieces. Affix mask to helmet to make a visor. Spray paint silver or cover with duct tape. If you don’t have a mask, cut a visor from cardboard.
Chain mail costume: Use loose-knit gray sweater to simulate a mail shirt. Or cut small slits in an old sweatshirt to look like a mail shirt. Cut holes in sweatpants for leggings.
Suit of armor costume: Cut a shield-shaped piece (or round for Greco-Roman armor), breastplate, arm guards and greaves (leg pieces). Poke holes and tie off pieces of elastic to attach greaves, armament and breastplate. Child should paint armor or cover with foil or duct tape. He should design his own coat of arms or heraldic family crest. England used the lion. France’s was the Fleur-de-Lys. Embellish all armor pieces with emblems.
Sword: Cut broadsword shape and design hilt as desired (should match emblem). Create a “leather” scabbard or sword holder out of a brown paper bag. Attach sword and scabbard to belt with a cloth loop.
Scarf: A knight always wore the scarf of his lady-fair around his arm.
How to protect armor: Make a safe, non-toxic “shellac” wash of watered-down school glue and paint on cardboard armor (it will dry clear). Cardboard may also be coated with sealing wax. These methods will prevent water damage in Halloween trick or treating. Reuse for dress-up fun.