Homemade viking helmet

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Homemade viking helmet
Homemade Viking hats can be used for a creative costume. (Viking on Akker Brygge image by Zeno Mateescu from Fotolia.com)

The Vikings were known for their exploration, fierce strength and unusual attire, such as horned helmets. You can create your own horned Viking helmet out of craft materials to be an accessory in a Halloween costume or for a historical presentation or play. Making a Viking helmet can also supplement a history lesson as a visual aid and can inspire children to learn more about Norse history.

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Things you need

  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Stocking cap
  • Large balloon
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Stove
  • Medium-sized pot
  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Cut two pieces of poster board that measure 12 inches by 12 inches. Starting at one corner, carefully roll one of the pieces of poster board into a funnel with a tight point. Tape the edge of the funnel so that it does not unravel. Repeat this process with the second piece of poster board.

    Homemade viking helmet
    Roll the poster board into funnels. (wallpaper with a rolled edge image by Cherry-Merry from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Blow up a balloon to be roughly equal to the size of your head, and tie the end in a knot. Fit an old stocking cap onto the balloon, making sure that it fits snugly. Tape the non-pointed end of the funnels to the cap using masking tape.

    Homemade viking helmet
    Use an old stocking cap that you don't mind ruining. (snowy hat image by Karin Lau from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Make a paper-mâché mixture by pouring two cups of flour and one cup of water into a pot. Mix and heat over medium heat until it bubbles. Allow the mixture to cool completely. While the mixture is cooling, tear or cut strips of newspaper that are around two inches in width. Dip the newspaper strips into the paper-mâché mixture, and place them over the entire stocking cap and funnels. Continue applying strips of newspaper until you have created a thick layer over the whole surface. Allow the hat to dry completely.

    Homemade viking helmet
    Use newspaper strips and flour and water mixture to create paper-mâché. (NEWSPAPER image by huimin from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Remove the balloon and add paint to your Viking hat. You can paint the horns white and the base of the hat brown to resemble an authentic Viking helmet.

    Homemade viking helmet
    Paint your Viking helmet however you like. (Paint brush and aqua paints image by PaulPaladin from Fotolia.com)

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