How to Make a Magneto Helmet

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Magneto is a Marvel Comics X-Men character. He is a villain and has the power to control magnetism. Magneto wears his signature red and purple helmet to protect him from the mental powers of the psychic leader of the X-Men, Charles Xavier. Make your own Magneto helmet out of a red plastic bucket and lilac coloured construction paper. Wear a red shirt and trousers to make your Magneto costume complete.

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Things you need

  • Black marker
  • Red plastic bucket
  • Magneto reference picture
  • Hacksaw
  • Lilac construction paper
  • Double-sided tape

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  1. 1

    Set the bucket upside-down on your workspace. Draw a 12-inch upside-down U shape that is 6-inches wide at the bottom and 9-inches wide at the top (or arch) of the upside-down "U." Use a marker.

  2. 2

    Hold onto the bucket and use a hacksaw to carefully cut out the face of the helmet along the marker line.

  3. 3

    Fold the lilac construction paper vertically in half. Draw a 12-inch C shape on the paper with the top and bottom of the "C" meeting the folded half. Refer to the Magneto reference picture to draw the decorative purple thornlike outcroppings on the top of the C shape. The thornlike points will be facing up away from the "C," not down towards it.

  4. 4

    Measure 2 inches down from top front edge of the "C" and draw a smaller C shape inside of the first that starts and ends on the folded edge and is 2 inches away from the first "C" on all sides. These two C shapes make up a 2-inch wide strip that will outline the top of the face of the helmet. Draw a 2-inch-wide strip of the paper to go around the bottom of the bucket.

  5. 5

    Cut out the C-shaped strip. Don't cut the top folded edge of the 2-inch-wide C strip. Do cut the bottom folded edge. Unfold the C shape and set the top creased edge of the joined C shapes at the top of the upside down U shape on the helmet so that it lines it. Trim off the bottom of the C shapes where they stick out into the face hole of the helmet. Cut a small 2-inch strip to cover the bottom part of the U shape on the bucket. Set the 2-inch-wide strip for the bottom of the bucket in place.

  6. 6

    Cut 1-inch sections out of the double-sided tape for the lilac strips. Remove the bottom plastic cover of the tape and evenly space the tape strips and press them down onto the paper. Remove the top plastic cover of the tape. Tape the lilac paper strips in place on the bucket with double-sided tape. Refer to the Magneto picture to help you position them properly onto the helmet.

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