Make Knight's Helmet - Instructions and free template
- Knight's helmet made of cardboard and aluminum foil
- Knight's helmet made of papier-mâché
Only with the right knight's helmet will the squire become a real knight. Whether to round off the knightly carnival costume or just to play in everyday life: With just a few tools, the accessory can be tinkered easily. We present you different variants for the production of a noble knight's helmet!
A medieval knight had to wear special clothes to be prepared for the fight. In addition to a tank shirt and iron pants, an iron helmet with cap was also essential equipment. The type of helmet changed over time. At first, Nasalhelm, Ringel Hood and Eisenhut were present, before the pot and visor helmets better known in Germany followed. In this DIY guide, we would like to present you two options for making a visor helmet. The instructions are very simple, so you can include your offspring in the crafting. Let's go, make a great knight's helmet for your son, your daughter or yourself!
Knight's helmet made of cardboard and aluminum foil
- construction paper
- 2 sample clips
- our craft template for the visors
- Scotch tape
- Glitter pens
- aluminum foil
Step 1: Draw a rectangular strip on a piece of sturdy cardboard. These dimensions are relative. It is best to measure the head (diameter and distance between the head and shoulders) of each child.
a) Helmet for smaller children
- Rectangle with a length of 50 cm and a height of 20 cm
b) Helmet for teens and adults:
- Rectangle with a length of 55 cm and a height of 25 cm
Step 2: Put the ends of the rectangle together to form a "tube". Then fix it provisionally with two paper clips. Install one up and one down. Then pick up the pencil and put the tube over your head or your child.
Important: Make sure that the ends of the paper-paper rectangle that are fixed with paper clips cover approximately the middle of the head.
Analyze the height of your eyes and mark the points left, right, up and down in pencil.
Tip: Of course, the moment you put the tube over your head, you do not see much. When drawing in the eye area, feel free to feel.
Step 3: Remove the tube from the head and remove the paper clips. Turn your markers into a meaningful peephole sketch. In concrete terms, paint a slightly rounded rectangle around the marked area. Cut out the peephole square with scissors.
Tip: First pierce with the pointed end of a scissor half in the middle of the peephole square. This makes it easier to cleanly cut out the element.
Step 4: Glue the ends of the construction paper rectangle together with glue.
Tip: If you doubt that conventional adhesive alone is sufficient, you can also glue a Tesafilmstreifen on the glued area.
5th step: Now the knights helmet is silvered. This succeeds you lightning fast with silver-colored spray paint. Hardly anyone has this in their closet at home. Therefore, we recommend aluminum foil. Glue the helmet all around with aluminum foil strips and craft glue.
Tip: Of course, the helmet can also be painted colorful.
Step 6: Place the Knight's Helmet with the upper opening on a sufficiently large piece of construction paper. Edge the opening with a pencil. Then you pick up the compass and draw a large, uniform circle that best fits the radius of the circle just drawn by hand. Then increase the radius by 2-3 cm and draw a circle with the same center again. Cut out the paper circle on this line. Now cut all around small tips to the inner pencil circle.
Step 7: Put the lid on the helmet. Fold down the small tips from the previous step. Then the lid is glued to the inside of the helmet, as well as the small tips outside the helmet.
Step 8: Now pick up our visor template. Choose one of the variants and print it out. Then cut out the visor.
- Template 01
- Template 02
- Template 03
- Template 04
Tip: Of course, you can also make a visor yourself, which corresponds to your individual ideas. For this you need a piece of construction paper, the pencil and the scissors.
Step 9: The visor now serves as a template for a colored sight made of construction paper.
a) Fold a piece of construction paper in the middle together.
b) On one side of the folded piece of toned paper, trace the outline of the visor.
c) Cut out the still folded paper along the lines you have marked and discard the scraps of paper and scraps.
d) Open the paper - your visor is done.
Step 10: Attach the visor to the helmet with the clips.
Tip: Due to the brackets, the visor is movable, so it can also be pushed up and down again.
If you wish, you can paint your helmet with felt and / or glitter pens or glue it with aluminum foil after sticking on the lid. The same thing should be done with the visor before fitting it to the helmet. Last but not least, you can also stick one or the other feather on the helmet.
Knight's helmet made of papier-mâché
- wallpaper paste
- Acrylic paint in silver (brush) or spray paint
- Scissors and cutter
- 2 sample clips
- Cloth residue or felt
- cold airable hair dryer
How to proceed:
Step 1: Pick up the balloon and blow it up.
Tip: As far as the size of the inflated balloon is concerned, you must orientate yourself to the head circumference of the intended helmet of the knight's helmet.
Step 2: Grab normal cardboard and cut a piece off with scissors.
The length and height of the piece of cardboard depend on the size of the balloon. The cardboard does not have to completely encase the balloon (there will later be the viewing window and visor) and the height of the cardboard varies with the length of the neck and head height of the child. Let the height of the cardboard be a bit longer. This can still be adjusted later after drying to the size of the head.
Step 3: Glue the cardboard piece around the balloon with suitable glue. Some painter's crepe is already enough. Finally, the balloon just has to be draped on it.
Step 4: Stir the wallpaper paste according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 5: Coat the balloon and the piece of cardboard with the paste.
Note: Release a portion of the balloon - this area becomes the front of the Knight's Helmet.
Step 6: Glue the balloon and the piece of cardboard together with newspaper.
Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have applied approximately 4 - 5 layers of newsprint.
Tip: It may also be more layers. The thicker you make the helmet, the more stable it is in the end.
Step 8: Let the helmet dry completely.
Tip: If you have a hair dryer with the ability to produce cold air, you can significantly speed up the drying process. Otherwise, you have no choice but to wait.
Step 10: Pierce the balloon with the needle to burst the latter. Remove the balloon from the helmet and throw it away.
12th step: Now you can shorten the length of the helmet, so that the knight helmet fits properly. For this the helmet is put on once and marks the place where the shoulder part begins. There you cut off the helmet all around with scissors.
Step 13: Now take a sufficiently large piece of cardboard and make a visor out of it. This should be about this shape and have a few slits and holes to look through. Draw out the outline and cut out the visor with scissors and cutter.
Step 14: Paint the helmet and visor with thick acrylic paint in silver. It is best to use a brush as large as possible. This works faster than if you operate with a smaller model. Or you sprinkle both as we do with silver spray paint. But you should go outside to the outdoors.
Step 14: Let the whole air dry well or help with the cold air-compatible hair dryer.
Step 15: Attach the visor to the helmet with sample clips. The brackets fold inside the helmet.
16th step: To avoid an uncomfortable stabbing feeling through the sample clips, stick a piece of fabric or felt into the knight's helmet.
Have fun with your homemade knight's helmet!
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