How to make your own horned viking helmets

Written by kelly sundstrom | 13/05/2017
How to make your own horned viking helmets
You can create a Viking helmet using craft supplies. (Steve Baccon/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

When you are putting together a Viking costume for a class play, costume party or Halloween, you can make the costume more exciting by including a whimsical Viking helmet. Although you can buy commercially-made Viking helmets from a costume shop, you can save money by making your own helmet using a few craft materials. You can even add on specific Viking elements, such as fierce-looking horns or faux fur trimming.

Inflate a large round balloon to the size of your head, then tie the end to secure it.

Combine 3 cups flour and 2 cups water into a pot. Heat the pot over medium heat until it boils, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes, then allow it to cool for 20 minutes.

Cut two paper towel tubes down their lengths, then curl each tube into a cone. Tape each cone with masking tape to secure it into shape. These will be the horns of the Viking helmet.

Tape the horns onto either side of the balloon using masking tape.

Cut strips of newspaper measuring 2 inches wide and 6 inches long. Dip the strips one at a time into the flour mixture, then cover the entire balloon and horns with five to six layers of the strips. Allow the paper mache to dry.

Pop the balloon inside of the form by poking it with a straight pin. Remove the deflated balloon through the hole left behind in the bottom of the form where the end of the balloon was sticking out.

Cut the bottom half of the form so that only the top half with the horns remains.

Paint the Viking helmet using acrylic paint, then allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes.

Cut out two strips of faux fur that measure 3 inches wide and 8 inches long. Glue each strip around one of the horns. Allow the glue to dry for 30 minutes before wearing the Viking helmet.

Things you need

  • Large round balloon
  • Flour
  • 2 paper towel tubes
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Straight pin
  • Faux fur
  • Craft glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush

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