How to make a paper mache Halo helmet

Create a paper mache helmet based off the popular Halo video games. Paper mache isn't sturdy enough to wear, but the helmet can be a decoration for a dedicated fan. Making the helmet also provides fans with the opportunity to create their own design. For example, if your created clan uses a certain name and symbol, put it on the paper mache helmet. Hang the helmet on the wall or set it on the desk.

Tear the newspapers into 7.5- by 10-cm (3-inch by 4-inch) strips. Only use the newspaper itself. Some paint won't stick to waxy ads.

Pour 480 ml (2 cups) of glue into the container. Add 240 ml (1 cup) of water. Stir the glue and water together.

Inflate a large balloon to the size you want the helmet. Tie the balloon shut.

Dip a strip of newspaper into the watered down glue. Wipe the excess glue off the newspaper strip with your fingers. Press the strip onto the balloon. Cover the balloon with the paper mache to make a helmet shape. You need to leave the bottom of the balloon uncovered.

Set the balloon aside for six to eight hours to dry once one layer of newspaper covers it. After that layer dries, add another three layers, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next one. Put the lid on the glue when you aren't using it.

Insert a straight pin into the balloon to pop it. Remove the balloon piece from the helmet and throw them away.

Set the helmet on a flat surface. Bend a wire to the shape of the ridge of the helmet. Carefully poke the ends of the wire through the upper portion of the helmet, where the forehead would be. Cover the wire ridge, and where the ridge attaches to the helmet, with three layers of paper mache. Create another ridge, slightly smaller than the first, and insert it around the jawline. Cover it with three layers of paper mache like you did with the first ridge.

Paint the helmet with acrylic paint once it dries. Cover the area between the two ridges, the visor, a colour with a metallic sheen. Various types of acrylic paint come in metallic colours. Paint any design on the helmet you want.

Spray the helmet with sealant after the paint dries.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 to 4 large newspapers
  • Container with lid
  • White glue
  • Water
  • Measuring cups
  • Spoon
  • Large balloon
  • Straight pin
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sealer spray
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