How to Make a German Helmet

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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

You can create a German helmet using paper mache.

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.


Step 1

Blow up a large balloon until it is approximately the size of your head and knot the end.

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Step 2

Set the balloon aside.

Step 3

Tear newspaper into thin strips.


Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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


Step 7

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.

Step 8

Allow the balloon to completely dry.


Step 9

Pop the balloon using a straight pin.

Step 10

Remove the balloon.

Step 11

Trim the edge of the remaining helmet using scissors.


Step 12

Paint the helmet a dark army green using acrylic paint.

Step 13

Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 14

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


Step 15

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

Step 16

Allow the hot glue to cool completely.

Step 17

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



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