How to Design Your Own Coat of Arms Template

by Suzie Faloon
Your coat of arms tells others who you are.

Your coat of arms tells others who you are.

A coat of arms is a banner or shield with symbols that can explain what your family name means or what career you have. In ancient times, the coat of arms was emblazoned on shields and pieces of war paraphernalia to distinguish soldiers during a battle. Today a coat of arms can symbolize your family, history, career, hobbies and sports. You can have a lot of fun when you design your own coat of arms that reflects the identity of you and your family.

Draw a shield shape from scratch. Or print out a copy of a shield found online and trace the outline.

Divide the shield into sections or leave it as is. Sections are usually done in thirds, quarters or sixths. Some also feature a fifth small block in the center of the sections.

Study different symbols and their meanings online. Decide which ones have the proper meanings you wish to convey in your design. You can inject humor or have a serious piece of art.

Draw, trace or use stencils to place symbols into your shield drawing. Try to keep the sizes of symbols in proportion to one another.

Color in the background around the symbols lightly with colored pencils in the colors of your choice.

Outline symbols in ink. Black ink works well to highlight symbols. Color symbols in with ink or colored pencils.

Decorate sections or symbols with as much detail as desired. For instance, if you have an animal as a symbol you can add ink shading over the colored pencil work.

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Items you will need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Printer (optional)
  • Stencil shapes (optional)
  • Art eraser
  • Colored pens or pencils
  • Ink pen


  • Make two or three preliminary drawings before choosing an official coat of arms template for your family or business projects.


  • Existing family or business coat of arms may be copyright or trademark protected. Do not copy protected images.

About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.

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