I've enjoyed armor and making my own out of cardboard for awhile, but haven't ever gotten around to making an Instructable for anything, and I thought that entering the Make-to-Learn Youth Contest would be a good way to start. I'm planning to enter this in several contests, so be sure to vote if you found this helpful.
What did you make?
I made a pair a cardboard greaves, to replace my old greaves and to match a helmet I’m working on. They don’t work well as real armor, but are great for a cosplay or a Halloween costume.
How did you make it?
I got the idea to make greaves when I discovered that my duct tape greaves were too small. I made it by myself, but my family told me what they liked and what they thought I needed to change or add.
Where did you make it?
I worked on my project in my room, and while I was working on it, my normally clean room got very messy.
What did you learn?
I learned how to cut and bend cardboard to make it do what I wanted it to do. I learned that when cereal box cardboard is spray painted, the printed side is shinier than the non printed side. I also learned not to let my siblings take pictures for me. One of the things I had the hardest time figuring out was how to keep the greaves from falling off. I tried a few things before my mom suggested I use a bicycle inner tube. I am quite proud of how the sides wrap around my legs because it keeps them from sliding down too much. If I made these greaves again, I would make the straps tighter, and maybe figure out how to make them adjustable.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
2 cereal boxes
1 can of silver spray paint
24-30 small grommets (silver)
Hot glue gun