How To Make a Paper Mache Football Helmet

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Paper mache is a convenient material for making all sorts of fun crafts. It is easy and inexpensive to produce, and can be used to make replicas of almost any object. Follow these simple steps to make a paper mache football helmet that looks just like the real thing.

Things You'll Need

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Newspaper
  • Thick wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Football helmet
  • Mix one part flower with two parts water. The paper mache mix needs to be thick, but free from lumps. Make plenty of paste. Cut or rip a newspaper into thin strips of different lengths.

  • Find a football helmet or similarly-shaped object. An authentic football helmet makes the best mold, but if it's not available, try a balloon or rounded bowl. Only use an object that will not be destroyed by the paper mache mix and newspaper.

  • Dip the strips of newspaper in the flower and water and apply them to the football helmet, one at a time. Cover the helmet completely, leaving an open space for the face guard. Add a second layer of paper mache if desired. Allow the paper to dry thoroughly before removing. If you are not using a football helmet for the mold, make sure to leave a rectangular space for the face mask.

  • Build the face mask with thick wire. Attach the mask to the edges of the helmet by looping the wire through the paper mache. Run two long pieces of wire from one edge of the helmet opening to the other. Connect these wires with cross beams made from smaller piece of wire. Cut the ear hole if it was covered by the paper mache.

  • Paint the dried paper mache helmet with your favorite team's colors. Apply a team sticker, or paint the team's logo onto the helmet. Consider personalizing the helmet with your name.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never apply paper mache to a valuable object.
  • Always be aware of team copyright laws for colors and logos.

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