How to make your own horned viking helmets

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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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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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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

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

  8. 8

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

  9. 9

    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.

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