Gaming Consoles & PCs How to Make a Shield in Minecraft Here's the recipe to craft the shield of your dreams by Jeremy Laukkonen Writer Jeremy Laukkonen is tech writer and the creator of a popular blog and video game startup. He also ghostwrites articles for numerous major trade publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Jeremy Laukkonen Updated on September 11, 2020 Consoles & PCs Xbox Buyer's Guide Tweet Share Email What to Know Once you have the supplies, open your crafting table, arrange your planks and iron ingot in a specific pattern, and drag the shield into your inventory.To craft a shield, you'll need a crafting table, six wood planks, and one iron ingot. This article explains how to craft a shield in Minecraft (any version) as well as how to gather the supplies, decorate your shield, and create a banner. How to Craft a Shield in Minecraft In Minecraft, a shield is a defensive item that you can craft and equip to help protect you from attacks. The materials are extremely basic, which makes it pretty easy to craft yourself up some protection when you first start playing. These shields are basic rectangles in design, but you can customize them with unique patterns and even enchant them in some versions of Minecraft. To craft a shield in Minecraft, you'll need a crafting table, six wood planks, and one iron ingot. The recipe and process are the same regardless of the version of Minecraft that you're using, and it's available in the vanilla version of the game, so you don't need any mods to execute this craft. These instructions are valid for Minecraft Java Edition and PS4 1.9+, Pocket Edition, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows 10 1.10.0+, and Education Edition 1.12.0+. Here's the recipe to craft your own shield: Obtain six wood planks. Obtain one iron ingot. Open your crafting table. Arrange your planks and iron ingot in this pattern. Drag the shield from the upper right box to your inventory. Your shield is now ready to use. How to Obtain the Components to Make a Shield To make your shield, you need wood planks and iron ore. The wood planks can be made from any type of wood, which you obtain by punching or chopping trees, while iron ore can be found anywhere from the bedrock to a little bit above sea level. How to get wood planks: Punch or chop trees until you have some wood logs. You only need two logs to make enough planks to make a shield. Open your crafting menu or crafting table, and place your logs in the center. Move planks from the upper right box into your inventory. Planks are created in stacks of four, so you will quickly generate a lot of planks. How to Locate Iron Ore and Make Iron Bars Iron ore is the most common type of ore in Minecraft, so you'll find it all over the place. Look underground from just above sea level all the way down to bedrock. If you can find a natural cave system or a deep ravine, you'll often see exposed veins of iron ore ready to mine. You can also find iron bars in chests if you happen across a village, stronghold, mine shaft, tower, or sunken ship. Here's how to get iron ore and make an iron bar for your shield: Locate and mine some iron ore. Open your furnace. Place iron ore and a fuel source like coal, charcoal, or wood into your furnace. Wait for the iron bars to smelt. Drag the iron bars into your inventory. How to Decorate a Shield in Minecraft Once you've built your shield, you can immediately equip and start using it like any other equipment. You can also decorate your shield to customize it visually. This is also referred to as making a custom shield, and it requires a shield and a banner. These instructions are only valid for Minecraft Java Edition 1.9+. Other versions of Minecraft do not support shield customization. Here's how to create a custom shield: Open your crafting menu. Place a banner and a shield on the crafting table in this pattern. Drag the custom shield from the upper right box into your inventory. How to Make a Banner in Minecraft If you don't already have a custom banner, then you'll need to make one before you can customize your shield. This is a pretty easy process that requires a stick and six wool to make the banner, and then a loom, a banner, and some dye to customize the banner. These instructions are valid for every version of Minecraft, but you can only use your banner to customize your shield in the Java Edition of Minecraft. Here's how to make your custom banner in Minecraft: Open your crafting table menu. Place six wool and one stick in this pattern. Move the banner from the upper right box into your inventory. Open your loom. In the loom interface, place your banner, your dye, and then select a pattern from the list. Verify that you want that pattern, and move the custom banner into your inventory. If you want, you can dye the custom banner again using this same method to create more complex patterns.