|Threading string through breastplate.|
Fortunately, I somehow made him realize that it couldn't all be made in one night. We would have to take a couple days to make all the pieces. The sword and shield were relatively simple once I found big enough cardboard boxes. The hardest part was cutting through the cardboard with our dull scissors. (The directions said to use a craft knife, but I didn't think we had one and I was too lazy to look around for anything else.) After the sword and shield were complete I thought he would be satisfied. I should have known better. He announced that the next item we had to make was the breastplate.
|Breastplate and shoulder strap.|
The moment of truth came when he tried it on..... The breast plate looked good, but the shoulder straps were far too big for his tiny shoulders and the entire piece slipped right down to the floor. It was getting late so I told him for now we should use string to hold the shoulders together. "Mom did real knights use string in their armour?" He asked. Yikes, I hoped this question wouldn't lead to random exclamations of "THIS WILL NEVER WORK.... WORST DAY EVER!" I knew I had to tread carefully. I told him, "sometimes knights used leather to straps to hold pieces together and it was a lot like string." That seemed to be good enough and we promised we would try to fix the design tomorrow. After that, onto the helmet and gauntlets. I never knew so much could be made from a simple cardboard box!
|Luckily he doesn't seem to care that his shoulder strap is faulty. |