How to Make a Greek War Helmet

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How to Make a Greek War Helmet
Greek helmets are often pictured with pointed noseguards. (ancient Greek helmet 11 image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com)

The prevailing image of the Greek helmet, as seen in movies and popular culture, is the archetypal silver or gold headpiece with a long, pointed nose guard and sweeping wings on either side of the face. It doesn't take a blacksmith to make one of these for a costume. With a bit of cardboard and papier-mache you can make your own, and it won't be nearly as heavy to wear as an authentic helmet would be.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Tape
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Silver and black acrylic paint

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut out 20 to 30 long strips of construction paper, about 1 inch wide and 11 inches long. Wrap one strip around your head and tape it so that it fits snugly. Connect two paper strips if necessary to fit around your head.

  2. 2

    Lay another strip over the top of your head and tape it where it meets the first strip on either side. Cross another piece over this and tape it to your headband the same way. Continue to add these "spokes" until you have a fleshed-out helmet form on the top of your head.

  3. 3

    Lay paper strips horizontally across the vertical spokes at the bottom and middle of the form and tape them to the spokes to cover the helmet form. Trim away any excess.

  4. 4

    Print out patterns for the front face mask, neck guard and neckband (see Resources) and cut them out. Lay the patterns on top of a cardboard sheet and cut out duplicate shapes. Cut two of the face mask shapes.

  5. 5

    Tape the two halves of the face mask to the front of your helmet form. Tape the neck guard to the base of the neckband so that the two pieces form a roughly 140-degree angle. Tape the neckband to the back of your helmet form so that it almost, but not quite, joins up with the sides of the face mask.

  6. 6

    Cut newspaper into thin strips 2 to 3 inches long.

  7. 7

    Pour 2 cups of water, 2 cups of flour and 1 tbsp of salt into a bowl and mix together with your fingers.

  8. 8

    Dip the pieces of newspaper into the paste solution one at a time and lay each strip over your helmet form. Cover the form completely, overlapping each piece of newspaper. Allow it to dry for one to two days.

  9. 9

    Paint the helmet with silver acrylic paint. Fill in the crevices with black paint to simulate depth.

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