Create a Shield for Your Fort
After you build a fort with the help of our Building a Fort Step-by-Step, mark your territory by designing the perfect shield
When it comes time to mark your territory, design a flag
that'll show your enemies who's in charge. You can download
a pattern for the Jolly Roger shown on our fort at Family Projects. But why not make your own noble shield design with felt glued on fabric? Here's how to do it.
Shields come in lots of traditional shapes, and they all have special names.
You can pick a color, called a “tincture,” and divide the field into sections. What's your favorite color?
Ordinaries are one type of “charge” —the decoration that goes on the field. They are simple geometric shapes, such as stripes or crosses, that go all the way to the edge of the shield.
Subordinaries are another type of charge—symbols that are used to represent a family or tribe. You can put different ones in different sections of the shield. How about a heart, a dog, or a star?