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
Leather lacing
24-30 small grommets (silver)
Hot glue gun
X-acto knife
Cutting mat
Grommet Setter

Good job; they have a professional appearance. You should create more instructables detailing other armour pieces! I'm organizing a box-war event<br/>(www.boxwars.org) and I'm planning to link to this instructable so people can better make armour.<br/><br/>The same technique would work with forearm armour as well, and maybe thigh. I'd love to see an instructable about your helmet as well.<br/>Again, great armour, great instructable, hope to see more from you soon.
I'm a bit late, here's a link to my <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Spartan-esq-Helmet/" rel="nofollow">helmet</a>.
Thank you. I looked at your website, and I think I have some friends that would like to try sometime. As for using this technique on other armor, I have started to think about some forearm armor. I am planning to post pictures of my helmet when I finish it.
That is officially REALLY COOL!!!! Haymitch approves. Me gusta.
Oh. It's you again. Lol hello
Nice job. Nice instructable.

About This Instructable


108 favorites


Bio: I'm a homeschooled high schooler. I love music (U2, The Wailin' Jennys, Indigo Girls, and Mumford & Sons are among my favorites), reading (Sherlock Holmes ... More »
More by StandingOnStones: Adjustable Duct Tape Guitar Strap Spartan-esq Helmet How to make Greaves (Leg Armor) out of Cardboard
Add instructable to: