How to Make Greek Helmets

Updated February 21, 2017

The ancient Greeks were known to be strong and fierce warriors, which can be detected in their choice of armour. Greek helmets were designed to make them seem frightening and warlike. You can recreate a Greek helmet with your students to show them how the ancient Greek fighters would feel as they prepared for battle.

Inflate a large balloon so that it is roughly the size of your head, and knot the end.

Combine 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of salt in a bowl. Mix well.

Tear newspaper into long pieces.

Dip the pieces of newspaper into the flour mixture.

Cover the balloon with five to six layers of papier-mache strips.

Allow the balloon to air dry. This can take around four hours.

Pop the balloon with a straight pin, and remove the deflated balloon pieces.

Use scissors to cut around the bottom of the papier-mache form so that your head can fit inside.

Cut a piece from the helmet, starting from the bottom, upward in an arch, then downward toward the bottom again. Remove the cut piece. This will be the hole through which your face will look out.

Poke six holes into the top of the helmet.

Insert an ostrich plume into each of the holes.

Hot glue the ends of the plumes to the underside of the helmet.

Cover the outside of the helmet with craft glue.

Cover the glued areas with aluminium foil. Allow the glue to dry completely before wearing the Greek helmet.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Large balloon
  • Nail
  • 6 ostrich plumes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Straight pin
  • Craft glue
  • Aluminium foil
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