How to Make a Cardboard Knight Helmet

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Charong Chow

    About the Author

    Charong Chow has been writing professionally since 1995. Her work has appeared in magazines such as "Zing" and "Ocean Drive." Chow graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. She also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.

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    Medieval knights wore helmets to protect themselves against swords and knives in battle. Many helmets had fine metalwork made by master armorers and were worn at festivals and ceremonies. You can make a rounded basinet type helmet used in the Middle Age with your child to encourage his creativity and imagination, and add to his pretend play accessories. The helmet is also an inexpensive way to complete your young knight's Halloween costume.

    Things You'll Need

    • 38 oz. oatmeal container or round laundry detergent box
    • Sharp scissors or utility knife
    • Black paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Ruler
    • Feather
    • Metallic markers, stickers or stamps

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    Turn the large 38 oz. oatmeal container or round laundry detergent box upside down so the opening is touching the table. Cut out a 4-inch-wide half circle into the bottom side using sharp scissors or a utility knife -- an adult only job. This is where the helmet will rest on the shoulder.

    Cut out another 4-inch-wide half circle in the opposite side of the container for the other shoulder.

    Paint the exterior of the helmet with black paint to cover the writing on the cardboard. Allow it to dry completely.

    Measure 5 inches down from the top and center of the helmet, with the shoulder cuts at the bottom sides. Draw a 4- by 6-inch horizontal rectangle on the helmet in between the shoulder cuts for a visor.

    Cut out three sides of the rectangle, leaving the top 6-inch line intact. This allows you to open and close the visor. Cut out three to five slits in the visor for the knight to see out.

    Poke a small hole at the top of the knight helmet. Insert a feather as a decoration.

    Let your child decorate the helmet with silver or gold metallic markers, stickers or stamps to personalize his knightly accessory.

    • Open up a cereal box and wrap it around your head for another knight helmet. Staple it together and cut out an eye slit.
    • Cover the oatmeal container with aluminum foil for a realistic-looking, shiny metal.
    • Always have an adult complete steps with sharp tools.

    References

    • Illegally Easy Halloween Costumes for Kids; Leila Peltosaari