How to Make a German Helmet

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How to Make a German Helmet
You can create a German helmet using paper mache. (military jeep and helmet 2 image by Stanislav Halcin from Fotolia.com)

When teaching students about world history, it can sometimes be difficult to hold and maintain the attentions of your students. One alternative is to offer your students a hands-on crafts related to world history, such as a handmade German army helmet. To successfully make a German helmet, it is important to abide by a set of steps that will make sure that the hat can be worn and will resemble a traditional German army helmet.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Pot
  • Large balloon
  • Straight pin
  • Dark green acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Brown ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Blow up a large balloon until it is approximately the size of your head and knot the end.

  2. 2

    Set the balloon aside.

  3. 3

    Tear newspaper into thin strips.

  4. 4

    Pour 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of water into a pot, and heat it until it starts to boil.

  5. 5

    Remove the pot from the stove and allow it to cool down.

  6. 6

    Dip the newspaper strips into the flour paste, and squeegee off the excess using your fingers.

  7. 7

    Drape the soaked strips onto the end of the balloon. Continue adding strips of newspaper until half of the balloon is covered with at least four layers.

  8. 8

    Allow the balloon to completely dry.

  9. 9

    Pop the balloon using a straight pin.

  10. 10

    Remove the balloon.

  11. 11

    Trim the edge of the remaining helmet using scissors.

  12. 12

    Paint the helmet a dark army green using acrylic paint.

  13. 13

    Allow the paint to dry completely.

  14. 14

    Cut two sections of ribbon to measure 6 inches long each.

  15. 15

    Hot glue one end of each ribbon to the underside of the helmet.

  16. 16

    Allow the hot glue to cool completely.

  17. 17

    Place the helmet onto your head, and tie it on using the ribbons.

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