How to Make a Greek Helmet with Cardboard

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How to Make a Greek Helmet with Cardboard
This is the basic shape of a Corinthian helmet. (drawn shield image by Nicemonkey from

First pictured on a vase manufactured around 700BC, the Corinthian helmet resembled a heavy bronze mask formed out of a single sheet of metal. Though the helmet itself went out of use among the Greeks around the fifth century BC, its image continued to be used in art. When not in battle, soldiers were able to push a Corinthian helmet over their faces and wear it as a hat. Given its simple design, the Corinthian helmet is easy to re-create for a costume.

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Things you need

  • 1-foot square piece of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Aluminium foil
  • Glue
  • Utility knife
  • String
  • Glitter glue (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut the piece of cardboard into the shape of a long shield with a pointed bottom. The shield should be large enough to cover your face.

    How to Make a Greek Helmet with Cardboard
    This is the basic shape of a Corinthian helmet. (drawn shield image by Nicemonkey from
  2. 2

    Bend the cardboard vertically down the middle so the opposite edges line up. Unbend the cardboard.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of aluminium foil at least an inch larger than the cardboard on all sides. Squeeze a little glue on one side of the cardboard. Spread the foil evenly across the glue until the front of the mask is completely covered in foil.

  4. 4

    Squeeze a thin border of glue around the edge of the back of the cardboard, leaving about an inch of space from the edge. Press the foil over the glue. Let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes.

  5. 5

    Cut two horizontal rectangular slits with a utility knife in the mask where your eyes will be and a long vertical rectangle over the middle of the mask, starting from the bottom, to fit over your nose.

  6. 6

    Make two small holes, one close to each vertical edge of the mask. Measure a piece of string long enough to fit snugly around the back of your head when attached to the mask. Tie the string to the mask through each hole.

Tips and warnings

  • Decorate the mask with glitter glue if desired. Contemporary vases show helmets decorated with images, such as a helmet embellished with spirals along the crown and another with griffins at each temple.
  • Adults should supervise use of the utility knife.

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