Nothing completes a 300 Spartan costume like a beautiful, intricate helmet. But buying a Spartan helmet can be expensive, especially compared to making your own replica out of household items. With dedication and skill, you can create a helmet that is light, durable and designed to fit you. Although this project may take several days to complete, your costume will be the life of any party when friends find out that you made it yourself.
Measure the distance between the far corners of your eyes, then the width of your nose. Write down these measurements on the piece of corrugated cardboard.
Draw the pattern for the helmet's face piece onto the cardboard, using images of Spartan helmets to guide you. Use your measurements to decide the location of the eye holes and the nose piece. When you are drawing the eye holes, leave extra room around your eyes.
Cut the pattern out of the cardboard and set it aside.
Blow up a balloon until it is slightly larger than your head. Tie off the balloon.
Gently bend the cardboard face piece and wrap it around the top crest of the balloon. Thoroughly secure the face piece to the balloon by taping it at each end.
Combine water, flower and salt in a large bowl. Mix it together until it has the consistency of batter to create paper mache paste.
Tear the newspaper into thin strips. Immerse the strips of newspaper in the paper mache and then place them onto the balloon. Cover the top of the balloon in paper mache, overlapping each piece of newspaper. Make the backside of the helmet as low as you wish, but make sure that the paper mache meets up with the sides of the cardboard face piece to make sure the helmet will be strong. Thoroughly cover the front of the cardboard face piece in paper mache and let the paper mache dry overnight.
Apply a second layer of paper mache and let it dry.
Pop the balloon and pull it from the interior of the helmet dome.
Apply a heavy coat of gold spray paint to the helmet. Let the paint dry thoroughly.