How to Make a Paper Medievil Knight Helmet
When young children wish to pretend to be powerful knights from days long gone, they need the proper costume. A paper helmet is an affordable way to outfit your knight and offer up an entertaining lesson in history. Let your child join in on creating this helmet by assisting with gluing and taping or customizing it after you've finished with stick-on jewels or crayon drawings. This helmet is great for parties, Halloween or hours of imaginative play.
Things You'll Need
- Poster board
- Black construction paper
- Aluminum foil
- Clear-drying craft glue
- Clear tape
- Black permanent marker
- Measuring tape
Measure the circumference and height of your child's head.
Cut out a large rectangle that is about one inch wider than the circumference and twice as tall as the measurements from Step 1.
Find the center of the poster board and mark it with a short pencil line. This will be the position of the front of the child's face.
Measure the distance from the base of the child's neck to his mouth and eyes and mark these measurements on the poster board piece.
Measure from the neck to the shoulder and mark this height halfway around the poster board rectangle.
Draw diagonal lines connecting the two dots using a ruler or straight-edge tool to keep the lines straight.
Cut along the outside of the lines with scissors, tapering as you see fit. Medieval helmets often taper in the front to protect the throat.
Draw round, square or rectangular slits for the eye holes and cut them out with scissors or a utility knife. Be sure they are appropriately spaced to allow for a full range of vision.
Cut five vertical slits approximately 1/2-inch wide each in the area where the mouth will be. The mouth is not traditionally cut out on a medieval-style helmet. You can also punch a series of round holes with a hole puncher to make a mesh-style mouth guard.
Position the poster board piece around your child's head, holding it closed with a couple of pieces of tape, and mark the top of the child's head with a pencil.
Remove the poster board from the child's head and continue the mark made in Step 10 straight across the width of the poster board.
Cut the portion of the poster board above this line into strips about 2 inches wide so it looks like a helmet with a large fringe on top.
Fold the strips over one another and secure them in a short pyramid shape with glue or tape to create the crown of the medieval paper helmet.
Pull a long section of aluminum foil off the roll and wrap it around the paper medieval helmet.
Fold over the top and bottom of the foil to secure it to the paper helmet pieces.
Slice the foil in the middle of the eye holes and the mouth slits and push the foil around the edges of the poster board in these places.
- Decorate your paper medieval helmet with black marker or shapes cut out of construction paper. Study medieval history books to find appropriate designs such as fleur de lis, rampant lions, crosses and castle shapes.
- Warn your child that this helmet crushes easily and will be ruined if hit with a toy sword or other object.