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How to Make a Hylian Shield

Is your child a fan of the hit video game, Legend of Zelda? If so, you can spice up their Link costume with a DIY Hylian shield. This 3-dimensional shield is realistic, easy to make, and durable. It’s a great costume to wear for Halloween or a cosplay event, and it’s sure to impress!

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a cost effective, realistic shield to pair with your child’s Link costume. Using foam and wooden discs, you won’t need any fancy tools to create this simple DIY shield. 

diy hylian shield with printable template

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My son wanted to to purchase a shield and sword for his DIY Link Halloween costume. We checked online and in party stores, but were unimpressed with the selection. Most of the options were made of thin, flimsy plastic – and were marked at well over $20 each.

Therefore, it made sense to make our own DIY Hylian shield and Master sword. But, how could we make the sword and shield body – even if we could recreate the design?

DIY hylian shield with printable template for Link costume, zelda breath of the wild costume

Of course, we could carve a sword from wood… or fabricate a shield from EVA foam… but I needed a quicker, simpler project that didn’t require a bunch of special tools.

Thankfully, I found this wood play set online that included 2 shields and 2 swords (yes, two of each!). We knew it would work perfectly for the base of our Hylian Shield and Master Sword template.

DIY hylian shield and Master Sword with printable template for Link costume, zelda breath of the wild costume

Plus, since it is made of wood, I don’t have to worry about it breaking easily – it’s prefect as a durable pretend-play toy!

How to Make a Hylian Shield

This Hylian shield is so easy to make and only requires a few supplies and tools to get it done. Your child is sure to have the most realistic shield to pair with their Link costume. In fact, you can make this costume accessory in just an afternoon. 

Supplies Needed

Tools Needed


1. Paint the shield

First, paint the wood shield using a foam paint brush and blue craft paint. This wood shield comes with a generic knight design. Therefore, you will need to apply at least 2-3 coats of blue paint to fully cover the design.

diy hylian shield made with wood shield

2. Print the template

Next, download the free Hylian Shield template using the instructions, below.

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Once downloaded, print the Hylian Shield template. Be sure your printer is set to print at 100% or Full Size so that the template will be the correct size. 

diy hylian shield with printable template

3. Tape the templates together

There are 4 pages of templates. Using your tape, tape all four of them together. 

diy hylian shield with printable template

4. Cut out the gray frame

Check the sizing against the wooden shield, and cut the frame to fit. Then, tape the frame to the gray foam as a template. Cut out the gray foam frame. 

diy hylian shield with printable template, cut frame from gray foam

5. Cut out the emblems

From page 5 of the template, cut out the shield emblems. Then, tape the emblems to the red, yellow, and gray foam as a template. Cut the emblems out of the foam. 

6. Paint the wooden discs

Next, paint your three wooden discs using the foam paint brushes with gray craft paint. 

diy hylian shield, wood discs for 3d detail

7. Attach all of the pieces

Finally, attach the frame, discs, and emblems to your shield with hot glue. 

link costume zelda breath of the wild for halloween or cosplay

DIY Hylian Shield

The finished product is a perfectly realistic – and sturdy – Hylian shield! So, kids can have fun pretending to be Link even after Halloween. It’s perfect for dressing up and pretend-play as well. 

Of course, now that your kids have a great Hylian Shield, they’ll also need a Link Costume and a Master Sword – so make sure to check out those posts, too!

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