Whether you've got old costume supplies laying around the house or extra school materials kicking around a cupboard, planning crafts with your kids can be fun and entertaining. Re-purposing unwanted items teaches children about reusing and recycling. With a few simple materials and a burst of creativity, you can make or create fun projects involving Viking helmets.
Salad bowl helmet
Select a deep salad bowl that is slightly larger than your child's head -- one you no longer plan to use -- and make sure it's clean. Cover the bowl in tin foil, using glue or clear tape to secure it. Create designs in the foil with a knife by scoring it or crumpling up tiny balls of additional foil and gluing them along the front of the hat. Since no Viking helmet would be complete without its horns, shape two identical horns by crumpling a cluster of foil, then wrapping one flat sheet of foil around the horn for a smooth look. Then paint each horn with white paint -- if that's not available you can wrap white computer paper around each horn. Glue these to the helmet and let them dry.
Braided doll hair
Although long, braided hair is often seen on women today, in Nordic times it was sported by both men and women. Upgrade your child's fancy dress costume or school play Viking helmet with a simple crafty task. Take an abandoned baby doll -- or buy one at a charity shop -- and snip off the doll's hair. If the hair is already braided on the doll, take care that the hair doesn't fall out and splay in many directions. To avoid this, hold the braid in one hand and the scissors with the other; immediately after cutting, wrap a small rubber band around the top of the hair. If your doll's hair is unbraided, just cut the hair near the doll's scalp, separate the sections into two, braid and secure. Once the hair is ready, glue it into the sides of the child's Viking helmet. Position the helmet on the child to make sure the braids are even. For a particularly festive look, wind a coloured ribbon around the end of each braid to match the child's outfit, party theme or school colours.
Vikings may have been tough, brutal warriors, but that doesn't mean your child has to abandon her creative side. After using the Viking helmet in a school play, costume party or after school activity, create a fun crafting experience by making a jewellery holder. Gather glitter, stickers, markers and tape, then have your child decorate the horns of the helmet. Once she's decorated the horns, begin work on the base of the helmet. Dark markers should show up -- use masking tape to cover part of the helmet so she can draw on that too. She can also use glue and glitter, stick-on jewels and other decorations on the base. Once the helmet is finished, loop -- in order of size -- necklaces, then bracelets and even rings on the horns of the helmet.
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