A popular character in the epic Star Wars films, Boba Fett is a bounty hunter who will take on a job regardless of who is paying. Standing tall in his armour and signature helmet, he is a fearsome sight. If you want to dress or "cosplay" as Boba Fett for a Halloween celebration, costume party or science fiction convention, you can create a paper mache helmet using inexpensive materials that you might already have at home.
Inflate a balloon so that it is larger than the size of your head. Tie the end closed. While you are working on your helmet, it might be helpful to tape the balloon to a work surface so that it is easier to hold.
Build off of the base of the helmet with pieces of poster board. Boba Fett's helmet has an almost bell-like shape with a rounded top and flared bottom. The sides of the mask feature indentations towards the cheekbones and vertically down. Use the poster board to create your desired shape.
Shape aluminium foil to provide the accent shapes of the helmet. For example, there is an indentation in the top of Boba Fett's helmet from a richochet gun shot that should be formed with the foil. Foil will provide a sturdy, easy-to-sculpt base for the helmet.
Prepare a paper mache paste by adding flour and water in a small bowl. You can also squeeze white school glue into the water to create a runny paste that you can use to saturate your paper strips.
Dip a strip of newspaper into the paste. Pull out of the liquid and press of the excess paste by sliding down the length of your strip with your finger. Position in place around the bottom of your helmet.
Continue to cover the helmet in strips of wet paper until the helmet base is completely covered. After this first layer dries, repeat with several more layers until your paper mache is sturdy enough to wear without tearing. This should take three to four layers at least. Allow the helmet to dry completely.
Pop the balloon and remove any foil or paper from the inside of your helmet. Fit in place over your head and cut eye holes where needed.
Paint the helmet to match Boba Fett's armour. The base of the helmet is a shade of faded, army-inspired green. The accent colours are black and red, as well as white to make the helmet look aged.
Cover a wooden dowel with aluminium foil. Attach to the right side of the helmet with hot glue. This will create the look of the antennae on Boba Fett's helmet.
Things you need
- Masking tape
- Poster board
- Aluminium foil
- 1 cup flour
- 2 cups water
- 1-inch newspaper strips
- Black, green, red and white paint
- Wooden dowel