Creating a device shield for the Crown Tourney heraldry trees

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Materials needed

  • two things that will work to suspend the shield from the tree - metal loops, a bit of chain, two pieces of leather. You get the idea. (We have used large diameter binder rings in the past - they slide on and off the horizontal tree bars nicely, but can loosen up over time.)
  • a piece of 1/4" hardwood plywood, no more than 15.5" x 11"
  • wood stain (optional)
  • your choice of paint (acrylics or house paint recommended)
  • clear exterior topcoat (marine grade poly recommended)

Tools needed

  • jigsaw or coping saw (something you can cut a curve in the plywood with)
  • drill with a 1/4" bit
  • paintbrushes


  1. Cut the piece of plywood down to a shield shape, no bigger than 11" wide and 15.5" tall.ShieldTreeBlank.png
  2. Drill 2 holes at the top of the shield, 0.5" from the top, and 1.75" from the edge. Holes must be big enough to accommodate whatever you're using to suspend it with.ShieldTreeBlank Top.png
  3. At this point, the shield can be left its natural color, stained or primed a base color.
  4. After the stain or paint/primer is completely dry (usually a day or two), your device can be painted onto the front, and your name clearly onto the back.
  5. Once the device is thoroughly dry, apply the clear top coat to both sides and edges, then attach your suspension choice through the holes. You may want to apply a second coat for extra weather-fastness.
  6. In this case, there is a rule #6 - Have fun with it!

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Photo by Jason Taylor

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