How to create a paper astronaut helmet

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How to create a paper astronaut helmet
Kids can make their own astronaut hat for a costume. (astronaut with clenched fist image by patrimonio designs from Fotolia.com)

If your child enjoys reading about and learning about astronauts and outer space, she may enjoy dressing up in an astronaut's outfit during pretend play. Although you may have difficulty finding an astronaut's outfit from a costume or toy store, you can make your own astronaut suit using materials that can be found around the house. For example, an astronaut's helmet can be constructed out of a balloon, flour and stack of newspapers.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Balloon
  • Paper mache pulp
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Gauze
  • Straight pin
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Blow up a balloon, and tie the end.

  2. 2

    Combine one cup of water and two cups of paper mache pulp in a bowl. Mix until combined, and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Cut strips of gauze to measure six inches long.

  4. 4

    Dip the gauze strips into the paper mache pulp, and drape them over the balloon. Cover the balloon with about four layers. Allow them to dry completely.

  5. 5

    Pop the balloon with a straight pin, and remove the deflated balloon through the bottom of the paper mache form.

  6. 6

    Cut out an 8-inch hole from the bottom of the form for your head to fit through.

  7. 7

    Cut out an 8-inch hole from the front of the form. This will be the area that you will look through once the helmet is on.

  8. 8

    Paint the outside of the astronaut helmet with white acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry before wearing the space helmet.

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