How to Make a Full Face Helmet

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How to Make a Full Face Helmet
You can make a full face mask out of basic craft materials. (knight on horseback image by Clarence Alford from

Students learning about Medieval or Renaissance history will likely study how people dress, including the knights that faithfully served the royal families. One way to make their studies more exciting is to give them an exciting project that shows them firsthand what it must have been like to wear medieval attire, such as a knight's full-face helmet.

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Things you need

  • Balloon
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Pot
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Pin
  • Aluminium foil
  • Craft glue
  • Twine

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  1. 1

    Combine 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of water in a pot.

  2. 2

    Heat until boiling, then reduce heat to let it simmer for 5 minutes. Let it cool.

  3. 3

    Blow up a balloon and tie the end.

  4. 4

    Tear strips of newspaper into 2 by 6-inch sections.

  5. 5

    Dip the newspaper pieces into the flour mixture and cover the entire balloon with four to five layers.

  6. 6

    Let the paper mache-covered balloon dry completely.

  7. 7

    Pop the balloon with a pin. Remove the balloon pieces.

  8. 8

    Cut the paper-mache structure in half width wise. The top will become the helmet and the bottom will become the face piece.

  9. 9

    Cut the face piece in half. Discard one of the halves.

  10. 10

    Poke a hole into each end of the face piece.

  11. 11

    Poke two holes into the helmet piece, placing them on opposite sides along the edge.

  12. 12

    Line up the holes of the face piece with the holes of the helmet.

  13. 13

    Secure the pieces together with twine.

  14. 14

    Cover the entire structure with craft glue.

  15. 15

    Cover the glue-covered structure with aluminium foil.

  16. 16

    Allow the glue to dry completely before wearing your full-face helmet.

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