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Can someone point me to a simple papercraft space helmet for my son?

My two year old son loves stuffing buckets on his head, then walking around with them pretending to be a robot or an astronaut.  I'd love to make him a proper helmet!  You know, something that fits and he can see though.  I was thinking something simple out of cardboard or coroplast would do the trick.  I've got a full copy of Pepakura at my disposal.  The helmet should be easy for him to pop on, and not so complex - I can guarantee it will not be handled gently. 

Got any links for me to check out?

AriedeB2 years ago
Hi,

Does it have to be made out of paper?
If it fit's, why dont you try to get your hands on a secondhand scooter or motor helmet for kids?
Get yourself a cheap gluegun and find some things to put on the helmet you find around the house.
Maybe a hose from a vacuumcleaner for a makebelieve airsuply, an antenna for communication and some smal bulky things to make it look more techy.
Spray paint it completely white or silver, and put some stickers on it that make it look cool and spacey.
you could even lacker it to make the paint strong and shiny.

Instant succes and your kid can run around whitout a care in the world for days, weeks or even months... make sure he takes it of once in a while so he can wash his hair and face.
Stinky kids dont do well on party's ;-)

Hope you post the results!
player27562 years ago
Have you looked at any pepakura halo armor?
jeff-o (author)  player27562 years ago
Yep! A lot of it is too complex for something that will probably be sat on, but some of the simpler helmets might work.
canucksgirl2 years ago
Most paper craft helmets (whether they are space related or not) tend to be a little challenging to make, and they are also fragile. I would suggest getting a balloon, some newspaper and paper mache him a helmet. It can easily be designed to his liking and then painted and should last a lot longer than a paper fold design.
jeff-o (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Oh, it wouldn't be made of paper! Something more sturdy like cardboard or coroplast (corrugated plastic).
Fair enough, but a mixture of paper mache and glue done in several layers is surprisingly strong. I've made similar things in the past, and they take a lot of abuse (while still being light weight).
jeff-o (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
That's true. Perhaps a papercraft model built up with paper mache would work, if something thick like cardboard proves too difficult to use.
Burf2 years ago
jeff-o (author)  Burf2 years ago
Very cute! But I'm afraid they'd be torn to shreds in minutes...
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