How to Make a Spartan Helmet out of Cardboard and Paper Mache
This spartan helmet is a nice little piece of medieval armor and it is made out of cereal boxes and paper mache. This project is a little bit challenging and it does take a few days because you really should apply at least three coats of paper mache allowing time to dry between coats. I allowed it to sit overnight and dry before I applied the next coat. This helmet is an interesting little piece of Medieval armor and it does look pretty good. I painted mine with spray paint in both gold and black. The video tutorial of this project is located near the bottom of this page.
This medieval helmet is composed of three templates that I have for you to download. They are in this Microsoft Word document: The Spartan Helmet You download this package (4 pages) print it up then you can use the templates to cut out the cereal box cardboard.
Note: If you are having trouble opening the Microsoft word document I have the three parts of this helmet as pictures that you can download and print out. Save these three documents to your computer, open them up with some kind of paint or photo program and print them up.
This picture shows the completed helmet. I used Gold and black spray paint.
Can you make a Spartan Helmet like this one? Sure you can. Here is a couple of pictures submitted by web visitors Rob & Julia who used my template to make their own helmet. They also have some tips on how to make one. Rob & Julias Spartan Helmet
Here is another Spartan Helmet and Vambraces made by a web visitor for you to check out. These were made by Nancy and Casey for a costume party.
Here is a spartan helmet made by NinjaCatAttack! She used it to create The Helmet of Invisibility that Hades got from the Cyclopes. This was for a girlscout troop event.
Can you make this Spartan Helmet? You sure can! Here is one made by Dan! My thanks go to him for sending in the picture!
Here are two helmets made by Tom. And my thanks go to him for sharing this with us. The first picture is the spartan helmet he made from this tutorial. the second picture shows how he modified the plans and made a Gondor Helmet. Nice!
Here is a spartan helmet made by Cleio. It came out great and he added a flourish to the top My thanks go to him for sending in the pic!
Here is a Spartan Helmet made by John and his son Joel! Thanks for the great picture!!
want to add the flourish to the top of the helmet? This is exactly what one web visitor did. She used my spartan helmet project then added the top part. Larger picture and how to do it right here: Add a Flourish to the Spartan Helmet
Can You Make this Spartan Helmet? You sure can! Here is a picture of one made by a web visitor (Tolling). My thanks to him for sending in the pic!!
You can also modify this template to make a Magneto helmet. A web visitor (Jozef) did exactly this. He made a magneto helmet and a spartan helmet. You can see more pics here: Magneto Helmet and Spartan helmet
A web visitor (Tucker B.) Made this helmet using these templates and plans but he also added the Leonidas commander bristles to the top. You can see pictures of his project here.
Here is a great tip submitted by a web visitor (Rick). He used plastic to make the face plate. Its the lid from an old plastic tip. you might want to look into doing something like this. The plastic will give you a nice look and a nice curve. But, you may have to cut it big and adjust it to fit, closing any gaps. My thanks to Rick for sending in the pics!!
And here is the leonidas helmet made by Yanis. My thanks go to him for sending in the pic. His helmet came out great!!
I also have some other 300 Spartan equipment projects which currently include a helmet and a spear. I will also be making a shield and the chest plate. The projects are here: - Make a Spartan Spear - Make Spartan 300 Vambraces (ArmGuards) - Make a Spartan Chest Piece
DEATH KNIGHT HELMET - This template for a Spartan Helmet is a great base project for being creative and making other style helmets. Here is a great example of a WoW Death Knight Level 10 Helmet that was made by Don. He used this Spartan Helmet as a base. Check out some bigger pictures here: The Death Knight Helmet
Do you like 30 Stuff? I have built a big diorama of the battle of Thermopylae - the hot gates, complete with spartans and persians. You can see the tutorial and a video here: The 300 Diorama
This is a pretty basic project but it does take some time to make. The materials you will need:
Download and print up the templates. Cut out the three shapes and then transfer the shapes to the cereal box cardboard. Then tape them all together as shown in the picture below and try it on your head to make sure it fits well, adjust the cardboard as needed. Make it roomy enough to fit your head inside with a little to spare because of the added dimension of the paper mache.
Next put a balloon in the middle. Your head is not a perfect sphere so put the balloon with the blow up nozzle toward the back of the helmet and wrap some tape around the whole thing so it squashes the helmet a bit and makes it a little narrower from side to side.
To Make Paper Mache:
Cut up plenty of newspaper into 1 inch and 2 inch strips. Now, in a bowl add 2 cups flour, 2 cups water, and 1 tablespoon of salt and mix it up until it is like very liquidy pancake batter. you dip the strips in this, clean off the excess from the strips and apply them to the helmet. Make sure your strips overlap each other a lot! You are creating a hard shell.
This picture shows the helmet after three coats of paper mache. I applied one thick coat and let it dry overnight, I applied a second coat and once again let it dry overnight. I finally applied a third coat and let it dry. I recommend you do four coats if you want it to be durable.
You will notice, particularly with the first coat of paper mache that the shape of the helmet will distort a bit. You can use this to your advantage and get the shape of the helmet to look really good. The long curving sections at the bottom of the helmet are a good example of this.
The only thing left, once it dries, is to paint it. I used cans of spary paint black and gold. I painted the whole thing in gold then spattered black for highlighting.
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