When it comes to popular movies right now, it doesn’t get more popular than Avengers: Age of Ultron. The sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, this latest installment is a must-see for fans of the Marvel franchise. While my nephews are still too young to see this PG-13 movie in theaters right now, they’re big fans of the individual characters as comic book heroes. Who’s one of their favorite members? Captain America! What’s his well-known accessory? His shield. For the Captain America fans in your house they can make their own Captain America shield with the help of a wooden clock blank.
- 10-inch wooden clock blank (found in the wood craft supply aisle)
- Scrapbook paper in red, white and blue
- Circle cutter (I love using Martha Stewart’s Large Circle Cutter)
- Star shape paper punch
- Adhesive tape roller
- Nylon belting
- Staple gun and staples
Start out by tracing your clock blank onto a scrapbook-sized piece of red paper. The bigger pieces of scrapbook paper are just the right size for this wooden shape. Apply adhesive to the red circle on one side. Apply to the front of the wooden clock blank.
Next, it’s time to cut the rest of the paper circles for the shield. Using the Martha Stewart Large Circle Cutter, set the size to 9 inches for the white circle. Move the cutter in a circular manner to reveal your shape. For the second red circle, set the cutter to 7 inches and make the shape. The final circle to make is the blue circle and it’s 5 inches in size. Using the adhesive roller once again, apply the white circle, then the red and finally the blue.
If you don’t want to use the circle cutter, you can use plates in various sizes as tracing guides!
Complete the front of the shield by adding a white paper star to the center of the blue circle.
This wooden clock blank has a hole in the center for the clockwork piece. Thanks to this, you can easily turn this shield into a piece of art. If your child would prefer to play with it, add straps to the back so that they can slip an arm through it for playtime. Measure a piece of nylon webbing around your child’s arm so that it’s custom fit to them. Secure to the back with a staple gun and they’re ready for their next adventure.