Introduction: Discount Viking Helmet

So, you're on a raid of Scotland's feudal communities, your longboat cruising through the northern seas, the warriors cheering as the coastline comes into view through the fog when you realize (gasp!) that you've forgotten your helmet. now what?

Fortunately, here are instructions for a stylish chapeau that at least kind of looks the part.
You'll need:
-bicycle fender
-a leather (or comparable material) belt
-duct tape
-bifurcated paper rivets
-a tuque (beanie for you non-canadians)
-wire/thread or something thin and tieable.
-large button
-cardboard
-cable tie

for tools-(I used a leatherman, but specifically.
- metal shears
-scissors
-file
-knife (basically any kind)
-measuring tape (optional)

Step 1: How Big Is Your Head?

cut the buckle and the perforated part off the belt. if you use a braided belt, it looks cool, but I wasn't interested in tying up the loose ends. anyways, you now have a strip of leather of indeterminate length.

Put on the tuque and fold the brim up, like with regular use. now, pop a strip of cardboard into the brim that goes all the way around your head. cut off excess. now, if you're impulsive, like me, wrap the belt around the outside of the brim and try to mark where it overlaps. try not to draw on your face. I made that mistake so you won't have to. If you're more cautious (sensible), measure with a tape measure.
Cut the belt so it goes all around your head with 1 inch overlapping. Then, put two holes into the overlapping leather, and bind it with the cable tie.

now, take the bike fender and flatten it a little. I used a metal bowl and perseverance. Measure your head from front tuque brim to back brim, and then cut the fender to this length.

Warning: Sharp Things Are Sharp! the metal can be jagged. file it down smooth and wrap the sharp end with duct tape

Step 2: Aesthetics Yes, Protection No

On the back of the belt, mark regular holes in the centre of it. Mine are all about 2 1/2 inches apart. stab though the belt with a knife. Turn the tuque inside out and connect the brim on opposite sides with the paper rivets, then fill in the rest. This prevents it from bunching. Turn the brim back over and slide the cardboard back in. This protects your head from the rivets and also makes the brim more prominent. The cable tie should go in front.

Step 3: Recycling Bicycling Viking

Bend the fender some more so it does not spring back, and put the wire through the button, through mounting screw hole and tie it to the zip tie. Use tape to keep wire from being scratchy or hanging in your face-y. tuck the back of the fender behind the brim and then you're ready to raid something.

Comments

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asadabdul made it!(author)2015-01-04

Hahaha I absolutely love it!! , good job, may be it could fool the Scots from a distance, who knows?

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bcelik1 made it!(author)2014-02-11

Nice writing style! Kinda realized I have the same humorous diction too. I love this instructable :D

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red-king made it!(author)2009-10-29

 bike fender+viking helmet=biking viking=P

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UtilityThrall made it!(author)2012-07-03

or a vike on a bike

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Hans3469 made it!(author)2009-02-15

Steel did exist but yeah it was expensive and hard to make.Most axes had a steel edge welded to an iron head.

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Damnstraight79 made it!(author)2008-10-31

I just finished following this instructable as best I could (Who has a spare bike fender laying around?) and it turned out great. Instead of paper brads, I punched holes and threaded leather cord through, then decorated with brass thumbtacks. Instead of the fender, I used the rest of the belt (it was a 40 incher) to go over the top, and had enough extra to extend over my nose. A little trimming, and BAM! noseguard. Great 'ible! Totally saved my halloween costume!

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Calaad made it!(author)2008-10-06

I didn't have a bicycle fender. I used a rivets and small wooden squares covered with copper tape. It looks good, but not as good as yours.

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Velotrash+Industries made it!(author)2008-10-07

dude you should post a picture because I don't quite understand what you mean. But also it's pretty cool that someone else made one.

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KentsOkay made it!(author)2008-04-21

Awesome!
*kicks little kid off bike and steals fender*

ULAILIA!!!!

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Noodly0ne made it!(author)2008-04-29

LOL! Redwall! I cant think of the last time I heard somone say that... Good times...

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KentsOkay made it!(author)2008-04-30

Redwall stole it! Look it up.

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Noodly0ne made it!(author)2008-05-20

What, do you mean the saint? Or "Absolom, Absolom!"?

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Velotrash+Industries made it!(author)2008-04-21

now that is hardcore viking.

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KentsOkay made it!(author)2008-04-21

haha!

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coolguy13556 made it!(author)2008-05-18

look at home maid sparklers they are cool and cheap and easy!!!!

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Velotrash+Industries made it!(author)2008-04-20

Historical Accuracy Corner: Vikings didn't wear horns on their helmets. Also their helmets weren't made of steel. Or wool-based winter hats.

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Jake-off made it!(author)2008-04-21

what were they made out of

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Velotrash+Industries made it!(author)2008-04-21

Bronze, Iron, the skulls of one's enemies, something like. I'm not entirely sure, 'cause I wasn't there, but I think steel was invented too recently.

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KentsOkay made it!(author)2008-04-21

They had steel, the gladius of the Roman Legonairies were steel.

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incorrigible+packrat made it!(author)2008-04-21

Most of the iron used in northern Europe at the time was extracted from bogs, which was, apparently, a particularly crappy task. The resulting iron was insanely expensive and usually reserved for weapon blades. (Hah! Nuts to all the naysayers who told me there was nothing to be gained, by sitting around watching History Channel all the time...)

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KentsOkay made it!(author)2008-04-21

Very good point, I was just pointing out they had steel. That's why they favored axes too, less metal needed + they look bad ass.

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Velotrash+Industries made it!(author)2008-04-22

my helmet is closer to 100% accuracy. thanks rocket scientist.

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KentsOkay made it!(author)2008-04-22

No prob, but I dont think they had chrome LOL

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jaysbob made it!(author)2008-04-21

well their helmets didn't have horns, they did.

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Nausicaa made it!(author)2008-04-21

Nice! I think that you really look like a viking. And also, you look cute. From Anonymous

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Sergeant+Crayon made it!(author)2008-04-21

THANK YOU!
I always forget my helmet when I raid innocent peasant villages!!
Now I just need to remember to carry a toque!
You're my new favorite viking impersonator! (Which, for the record, is fairly high on my list of kick-a* things!)

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incorrigible+packrat made it!(author)2008-04-21

Neat. If you can score a chunk of copper pipe (3/4" diam. or better), hold it against a flat surface, and beat on it with a ball-pein hammer, it will flatten out and simultaneously take on a suitable curve.

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LinuxH4x0r made it!(author)2008-04-21

Nice job! looks great!

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