How to Make a Family Crest for a School Project

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In ancient times, family crests were used as a representation of a family group. These crests, which often appeared on shields, held colors and pictures intended to convey information about the family in question, including their class and trade. While exploring this concept, teachers commonly ask students to create a crest for their family that, like the crests of old, broadcasts information about who their family is and what value the family group holds.

  • Poster board
  • Pencil
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Ruler
  • Laminating supplies

1 Create an outline of the shape of your choice

Create an outline of the shape of your choice on your poster board. Some crests were simple ovals, while others were ornate and elaborate shapes, including scrolls and other finery. Outline your selected shape on your poster board, first in pencil, then in marker or crayon.

2 Divide the shape into four sections

Divide the shape into four sections, using a ruler. As with the outline, complete this process first in pencil then, once you are satisfied with your line placement, go over your lines in marker or crayon.

3 Explore and consider the meaning

Explore and consider the meaning of different common crest symbols before you start designing your crest. Each line and shape on a crest has a meaning. Read a book about these meanings, or visit a website that contains information about the topic.

4 Select a color scheme for your crest

Select a color scheme for your crest. While you will likely incorporate a number of colors into your design, you should still select one dominant color to fill the majority of your crest. Decide upon a color by consulting information about crest meanings, or select a color that holds significance to your family.

5 Fill each quadrant

Fill each quadrant of your image with a different symbol to represent your family. You can exercise your artistic skill and draw these symbols, or you can use pictures from magazines or the Internet to complete this process.

6 Laminate your crest

Laminate your crest to create a neat and finished look. Use clear laminating paper, visit a copy center or ask your teacher to laminate the finished product for you. By laminating your work, you create a crisp, clean final product that will withstand the test of time.

Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.