How to Make a German Helmet

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When teaching students about world history, it can sometimes be difficult to hold and maintain the attentions of your students. One alternative is to offer your students a hands-on crafts related to world history, such as a handmade German army helmet. To successfully make a German helmet, it is important to abide by a set of steps that will make sure that the hat can be worn and will resemble a traditional German army helmet.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Pot
  • Large balloon
  • Straight pin
  • Dark green acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Brown ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Blow up a large balloon until it is approximately the size of your head and knot the end.

  • Set the balloon aside.

  • Tear newspaper into thin strips.

  • Pour 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of water into a pot, and heat it until it starts to boil.

  • Remove the pot from the stove and allow it to cool down.

  • Dip the newspaper strips into the flour paste, and squeegee off the excess using your fingers.

  • Drape the soaked strips onto the end of the balloon. Continue adding strips of newspaper until half of the balloon is covered with at least four layers.

  • Allow the balloon to completely dry.

  • Pop the balloon using a straight pin.

  • Remove the balloon.

  • Trim the edge of the remaining helmet using scissors.

  • Paint the helmet a dark army green using acrylic paint.

  • Allow the paint to dry completely.

  • Cut two sections of ribbon to measure 6 inches long each.

  • Hot glue one end of each ribbon to the underside of the helmet.

  • Allow the hot glue to cool completely.

  • Place the helmet onto your head, and tie it on using the ribbons.

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