Link and Fi

Links sword and shield


Every Halloween we make our costumes. This year my son (6) chose Link and my daughter (8) chose Fi, the spirit of the Master Sword. We wanted to make the shield and sword sturdy enough, but not out of a mold and plastic. So we went with mostly wood with some Sculpey accents. We also wanted the kids to be able to do a lot of the work.


bending wood


First I wanted the shield to be a bit curved. There are many complicated tutorials on how to bend wood online, but I thought I could bend some plywood if I got it wet, bent it, and let it dry. So we did. This was a lot of fun for my boy, and Peter for that matter. This technique worked a bit too well, so we had to flip it over a few days later and weigh it down in the opposite direction.




Then I made some templates from a photo in my sons Zelda book. I printed them out and my son helped trace it onto the wood. I scaled it down for a 6 year old.


saw saw


Since we don’t have a proper wood shop, we just jigsawed the shield out.


Not the best way!


Lots of drilling and jigsawing. Hopefully you have better suited tools.


parts of shield




We sanded the inside part with little files.




Then we glued the main parts together…


wooden tri force


Cut out the triforce and sanded the edges with the neighbors belt sander…


sculpey time


And on to the sculpey details. I used my favorite ceramic tools and some old tricks I learned at the Neverhood (using rubbing alcohol to smooth, be sure to use outside, with a breeze.)


snake thingies


I worked on the template with a cutting board underneath.


bird thingy


Then I printed the bird on some thick card stock and made a template which I used to paint the bird on the shield.




As for the sword we used the neighbors belt sander again, upside down, as shown in this great video.




Then my son manually sanded it more.




Then I put sculpey on it and made some simple impressions with a wood block. If I did this again, I would make this part much thinner.


Links sword and shield


Then my son and I painted it. Took a few coats, but painting is fun for 6 year olds.




My amazing mother in law knitted the chain link (it’s peeking out of the tunic in various places).




I sewed the tunic and hat on the Featherweight she gave me (she has 4 of them but I got the prettiest one.)




Here is the shield template if you decide to make one, scale it up for a bigger shield.


fi costume


Fi’s costume doesn’t need much of a tutorial. It’s mostly a bunch of sewing trial and error (many!) We found some great face paint online and a massive gem which we set into a sculpey triangle. We chose to do a wig instead of plastic looking hair because it looked better and was easier by far. We also gave up on the grass ribbon which kept falling down. I probably should have found some way to sew it onto the leggings…


fi costume


Also, an 8 year old can help sew a lot more than a 6 year old.


Good luck if you are making either of these!


Time to create


Both of my little ones are in school now. Time to produce a crazy amount of work.


Unintended purpose


I once read about a mom that kept old game pieces and miscellaneous parts in a box for her kids creativity. We do the same, on a much larger scale.






Montessori beads + lego + wooden truck = game