Ok we’re in the middle of a long hot Philly summer. Some days you start to run out of things to do. So after the boy and I went to see Captain America last weekend (awesome by the way!) he’s been on me to get him a shield. My first instinct is to say no, it’s a giant waste of money. After five minutes I’m on eBay trying to find out how much a shield would cost me (someone has to be making them right?) Well my first instinct was right. Sixty bucks! Forget it.
So after a while the boy reminds me of the scene in the movie where the kids were playing with Captain America shields they made themselves. Bingo! “Come on dad we can make our own” he tells me. SO I agree. We trudge off to the Home Depot in search of a trash can lid. No dice. I have to buy the whole can. Swell. I do manage to find the right kind, metal, right size and all. We grab some spray paint while we’re at it.
Back home the fun (work) begins: Here is a step by step guide to making your very own Captain America shield from scratch:
First- get the right lid and move the handle to the inside. It should just bend away. I used a nail punch to unroll the metal and then a hammer to put it back in place. Hard part done.
I primed and painted the entire lid white. Then using a cardboard star I cut out, mask off the rest of the lid and apply the blue paint. When you remove the cardboard the white star is left behind (careful of the over-spray).
Next mask off the white stripes so you can apply the red. I used a paper plate to cover the star and blue before spraying. The paper plate worked perfectly because of its curved shape.
The boy doing his best to advise and consult…
Applying the red paint. Note the paper plate.
The finished product. Ready to take on Red Skull and his allies.
The future of liberty and the free world is up to these guys. Think they can handle it? No worries!