Legend of Zelda Link Cosplay with Hylian Shield + Master Sword DIYIn our home we absolutely love Legend of Zelda

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We love all things Nintendo, but Link is our favorite. When my son was 5 or so, he asked me to make him a Link costume that he could wear around the house and yard. He was thrilled with the green tunic and pointy hat I sewed in just a few minutes. He still loves Link and wore this fun cosplay to a local Fandom Convention.
We made the outfit a couple years ago, and there's a full post on that here. This year he wanted to improve on the sword and shield...essentially upgrade from a wooden shield and sword to the Hylian Shield and the Master Sword.
He made the shield out of scrap wood in the garage. I had him paint it blue with some acrylic craft paint.
Here's where it gets fun. I loaded this image into Cricut Design Space and sliced it in half.

Then I had my Cricut Maker cut 2 halves of this out of freezer paper.
Then I placed the freezer paper on the shield and ironed it in place.
The wood is textured and hard to iron down completely, but do the best possible.
Then use acrylic craft paint to fill the sections with color. The red eagle shape.
The tri-force and triangle in gold...the edges in silver.
After painting the stencil, remove the freezer paper.
Then let the shield dry completely and then spray with a clear gloss spray.
My husband rigged a back strap so the shield could be easily carried with the master sword slipped inside.
The master sword was painted freehand in the same blue, silver and gold paints.
Perfect finishing touch for the Link cosplay! The most frustrating thing for my son was to be called Zelda, instead of Link! Haha, Zelda is the princess!
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Check out this fun Legend of Zelda Birthday Party we did too!

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