How to Make a Roman Soldier Helmet

    by Kelly Sundstrom

    About the Author

    Kelly Sundstrom is a national special needs spokesperson and writer. She writes content for major brands, magazines and newspapers, including Gather News, STACK Magazine, Colgate, Kudzu, LIVESTRONG and Lowe's Home Improvement. She currently has over 6500 digital and print articles in publication. Her awards include the 2012 Skyword High Flyer Award and the 2009 Demand Media Top Content Creator Award.


    Learning about ancient Roman history isn't always the most exciting curriculum for elementary or middle school-aged children -- it doesn't often keep their attention for very long. Fortunately, you can garner a little more enthusiasm from your child by providing him with a project that is related to the lesson; help your child create a Roman soldier's helmet. When he's finished, he can let his creative side loose and travel back in time in his imagination for a little pretend play.

    Things You'll Need

    • Balloon
    • Pot
    • Flour
    • Newspaper
    • Scissors
    • 3 ostrich feathers
    • Straight pin
    • Knife
    • Scissors
    • Metallic acrylic paint
    • Paintbrush

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    Inflate a balloon to the size of a human head and tie the end of the balloon tightly.

    Combine 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of water in a pot and heat the mixture until it begins to bubble. Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

    Cut pieces of newspaper into strips that measure 2 by 6 inches in size.

    Cut the shafts off of 3 ostrich plumes. Tape the plumes onto the top of the balloon in a row.

    Dip the strips of newspaper into the flour mixture and drape them onto the balloon. Cover the entire balloon with five layers of newspaper strips and allow the balloon to dry completely (at least 24 to 48 hours.)

    Pop the balloon with a straight pin and remove it from the papier mache helmet.

    Cut the bottom of the helmet off using a knife. This will allow you to slide the helmet over your head.

    Cut 2 arches out of the helmet, starting at the bottom and cutting about half way towards the top. Space the arches about 1-inch apart. Discard the cut out arches. The 1-inch of paper mache in between the cutouts will become the nose guard in the helmet's center. The resulting holes on either side will be the eye holes of the Roman helmet.

    Paint the helmet using metallic acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry completely before wearing the Roman soldier helmet.

    • Instead of heating a flour-water mixture, you can make an alternative concoction from 3 parts white craft glue to 1 part water.


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