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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.

<p>Awesome! I love it!</p>
<p>Whoa. I didn't expect this Instructable to garner much attention but it was a pleasant surprise to see this featured on this site. Not to mention all the positive feedback I've been getting.</p><p>This has been really motivating and I can't help but feel awesome. Thanks, everyone!</p>
<p>Sweet job making the cardboard helmet! :)</p>
<p>This is awesome!!</p>
<p>Nice! I love the robot drawings you made on the computer, and great photos!</p>
<p>Thanks!</p>

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