Pepakura Hyrule Shield

***December 2015 UPDATE***
Due to tech issues and the general unreliability of both Rapidshare and Dropbox, I apologize to anyone who couldn’t download the file.

I’ve updated the post below so you can download it.

While in the process of searching for the shield files, I’m happy to report I also stumbled across the sword files! Check out the Master Sword post to download!

As previously mentioned on the Legend of Zelda costume post, we are making a Link costume for the kiddo. The project is underway, and we’ve started constructing the Hyrule shield. First starting with the 3D modeling software called Pepakura, I printed out the diagram of the shield on cardstock paper, which is the thickest paper that a standard at-home printer can print on. I cut out all of the pieces and glued them according to the number system on the paper. The result is below.

If you’d like to make your own Hyrule shield, you’ll need to start off with the Pepakura software found on the following link:

You’ll also need the file that has the Hyrule shield plan… I can’t seem to find it on the Pepakura site, but I’ve uploaded them on Dropbox. You can download the files at the following link: Pepakura Shield Files


You’ll also need:
1) Fiberglass resin
2) Several paintbrushes
3) Plastic containers for mixing; I used disposable cups
4) Something to stir with; I used barbecue/shishkebab sticks

I used Bondo fiberglass resin, which can be found at WalMart or on Amazon. I initially used plastic containers found in the paint section, but since they can only be used once, I opted for disposable plastic cups. The resin hardens fairly quickly, so you’ll need to make small batches of the resin when you lay the coats on the paper. Mix about 3-4 ounces of the resin at a time and paint the shield with thin coats of the resin. Between coats, you’ll need to let the resin dry completely. I did about three coats of the resin for both the top and the inside/bottom of the shield.

The shield at different angles and with a 2nd coat:




With 2nd coat application

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60 Responses

  1. Dylan says:

    Hey looks amazing, should be perfect for your kid, I’m actually going to comic con as link this year and was wondering if you could post the link to the Pep file on here so I can make myself a shield, you seem to be the only one on the planet that I could find who has it lol

    If you have a sword file or anything else Link related that would be awesome as well

    Thanks xD

    • admin says:

      Hey Dylan,

      I’ve uploaded both the Hyrule Shield and Master Sword Pepakura files via RapidShare: FILE DELETED. Leave comment and I’ll send file to your email.
      If you’d prefer to have it sent by email, let me know, and I’ll send it right over!

      Nintendo Papercraft also has some interesting LoZ paper crafts available:

      Ahh, thanks for the reminder about Comic-Con! That’s on my “things to do” list this year ^.^ Hope you have a lotta fun! Let me know how the costume turns out 😉

      • Dylan says:

        Awesome thanks, Me and my buddy finished cutting all of the pieces out today and will be starting gluing and will apply the fiber glass on Sunday your link literally saved us from impending doom lol The other link we had didn’t have marker numbers and would have probably just caused us to instantaneously implode from confusion xD We’ll be posting pictures and videos of our finish product and I’ll be sure to link you some. Anyways have fun at comic con, we’ll be there from through all 5 days 🙂

  2. Trev says:

    Hey, Im thinking of going as Link for Haloween and I stumbled across your pep craft for the Hylian shield. Could one of you guys send it to: [private e-mail]
    It would be greatly appreciated 🙂

    • admin says:

      Sure thing, Trev! I’ll send it over shortly. Happy crafting!

  3. David says:

    Hey that looks really good! My brother and I have done some peices of pep files into bondo/rondo. I would really like to make the transition into fiberglassing and this looks like it would be the perfect peice for me to start on. I was really excited to see that someone else has done this shield and would really appreciate if you could send me the link or your pepakura file download.

    • admin says:

      Hi David,

      Thanks for stopping in. Here’s the download link to the shield: FILE DELETED. Leave comment for email with file.
      Let me know if that works out!

  4. Daan says:

    Hey, wow, that looks awesome! Lately I’m totally into pep craft an I was thinking to make a Link costume for a costume-party, so can you please send it to me by e-mail?

    Greetz Daan

  5. ale says:

    hey! 😀 i was wondering the size of this PEPAKURA does it need to be modified? or its the standar size?

    • admin says:

      Hi Ale! Eek, I can’t remember actually… I *believe* it’s sized for a “regular”-sized adult because I had to resize it for my son.

  6. jzelsnack says:

    i downloaded the file for the sword and shield. and when i try to open it in pepakura it says “cannot load file of specified type”. what does that mean and how do i fix it?

  7. Brig says:

    Hi. Not sure if you still have them, but could I get the hyrule shield plans? This looks so awesome! I would love to make this!

  8. Michael says:

    Hi, your looks so great! Im planning on making one and need the shield and sword designs, could you please email them to me? thanks so much!
    Thanks again!

  9. moises says:

    was wondering if you could send me the plans for the sheildf to my email thank u very much.

  10. Jr says:

    Hi I am preparing a cosplay link and you really do take care of hyrule shield if you can send me the file please

  11. rene says:

    could you possibly email me the files???? would greatly appretiate it

  12. Nathan says:

    Hi, amazing

    I’m working on my own twilight princess costume right now and really want to give it a try making my own hylia shield too.
    can you please send me the pepakura files for the shield via E-Mail?
    I never worked with anything like fiberglass before or papercraft but there is always a first time in everything.
    I’m a bit desperate here. have been searching for weeks and still finding nothing.

    really appreciate it. thanks.


    • admin says:

      Sent you the file back in February. Hope your project came out fantastic!

  13. jesus says:

    Please sendme the files

  14. Luis Ja says:

    HI!!! I need the file please if ome one can send me the file to my mail.

  15. Bill says:

    Hey, I’m building a collection of “Pep’d” Zelda memorabilia and this would go great with the collection. Would you please send a copy of those files to ?
    It would be greatly appreciated!

    • admin says:

      Hi Bill, apologies for the delayed response. You can download the zip file here: FILE DELETED. Leave comment for email with file.

  16. Nathaniel says:

    Hey, was wondering if you could email me the file for the shield as the link provided no longer exists! Thanks a lot!

  17. Devilsam says:

    Can u reupload the file ? please..

  18. Lanora says:

    Hello, Halloween is coming up soon and one of my boys wants to be Link. I came across your page here and was hoping to get the pep file. I tried clicking the links but they are not working for me. Would you mind terribly sending the pep file to me via the e-mail. Please and Thank You.

  19. Joe says:

    Hi, awesome work!
    BTW, the link is no longer valid, could please upload it again?

    *Sent you an email with the shield file!

  20. Max says:

    Hey! I’ve been looking forward to do this model, could you please send me the file?

    Your crafting is fantastic, I really hope that mine turns out like this.

  21. jesse says:

    dude if u can send me the file that be awesome i wanna give it to my friend for xmas

  22. Grant says:

    hi i have been looking for this for a long long time and just couldnt find the file would you please send me the file by email that would be amazing.

  23. selene says:

    plis send me the fle

  24. edwin says:

    i would like the shield file please sent it to thanks

  25. Micahel Adams says:

    Can you please send it to me? Thanks!

  26. Marko says:

    Can you send me a link to

  27. Dustin Booth says:

    Not sure if you still check this but I would appreciate the file please!

  28. Jose says:

    Great work!

    could you send me the file to my email?

  29. Sandi says:

    Is there any way I can get a copy of the sword pepakura file. I’m trying to make this for my granddaughter, but haven’t been able to find another one anywhere.
    Would be much appreciated.

  30. nikko says:

    This is Freaking awesome can you please send me the shield file thanks great work! =}

  31. Pato Kochmann says:

    Hi I really want the files for both the Hyrule Shield and the Master Sword I’m wanting to make them for cosplay and I really like the work youve done on this shield it looks amazing 🙂

    • admin says:

      Pato, I sent you the Hyrule shield but not the master sword, as I was unable to find the file. If I do find it, I will upload it here via a separate post!

  32. collinge says:

    Hey, I love this version of the shield, could you send me one please? 😀

  33. Ashley says:

    Not sure how often you check this, but I would still love the pep file (my little brother is cosplaying for the first time and wants to be Link) if you’re able to still email it. Thanks!

  34. Sean says:

    Hey, was wondering if you would send me the file?

  35. JohnFamous says:

    I’m just looking for the pepakura file, can someone plz send it to me (sorry i’m french and my English is verry bad ^^”)

  36. Jason Weset says:

    I would love a file for this. If you have a master sword, that would be great too.


  37. Dagonet74 says:

    Hi, can anyone send me pepakura file?
    Dropbox link does not work…

  38. Snakefire says:

    Hey! Sorry to revive this very old post, but you wouldn’t happen to still have this file, would you? I’ve been looking high and low for it and I still can’t find it. If you do have it, could you email it to me?

  39. Chase says:

    May I have the file sent to my email please? C:

  40. johnny says:

    Like your work, keep it up. Can I please pdo files for shield and possibly sword. Legend of zelda

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