I recently won a prize from Instructables. And so as a thank you and in celebration, I spent an afternoon, armed with a pair of scissors, some glue, some paint, and a paintbrush, building an Instructables robot helmet from spare cardboard boxes I found lying around the house.
Step 1: Designs
I originally planned on creating a cube-shaped helmet, but I wanted something that looks a bit more humanoid. And so I ended up settling a design with a slightly curved top. I also wanted the mouth to be able to open up to imitate that "Iron Man effect", for lack of a better description.
Step 2: Construction
Two unused cardboard boxes, glue*, and two vials of red and yellow paint were all I used to construct the helmet. Unfortunately, my supply of cardboard was quickly exhausted and so I had to resort to make the sides of the helmet flat.
The helmet opens up at the mouth thanks to a couple of hinges at the back. I originally wanted the "ears" to be the ones assisting in the mouth opening mechanism. However, being a novice when it comes to these engineering things, I had to resort to using hinges instead. :|
*I used a cyanoacrylate adhesive to ensure the structural stability of the helmet.
Step 3: Painting
With the cardboard helmet construction finished, I began painting it. I used red and yellow enamel paint which took about two hours to completely dry.
Step 4: Robotization
Robotization complete. Initiating geekery...
Wearing the helmet was tedious mainly because it's hard to breathe from the inside.
All in all, this has been a fun afternoon side project and I had fun making it. The cardboard helmet now resides on a shelf, serving as a geeky art piece.
Thanks for reading and, once again, thank you, Instructables.