Recently I came into possession of an old military-style helmet, and I've been thinking about getting it all camo'd up and started thinking about what else I would like to do with it. Something I was thinking about was having a way to be able to keep things strapped and/or held to the helmet. Primarily I was thinking about being able to slip branches/leaves into the "web" so that I can more adequately blend the helmet into the surrounding environment. Having some paracord laying around got me thinking, and this is the result.
NOTE: I finished this before I took any pictures, and took pics as I undid and repeated the process. So I will try to make sure that the pics are adequately explained. Any questions just ask!
N.B. It probably goes without saying, but whatever you do for one side, you're going to do for the other.
Step 1: Supplies
A helmet (really any will do, as long as it's got holes in the top. I like this one, it's comfy, sturdy, and pretty inexpensive)
Paracord - about 25-30 feet of it
Pencil - to sketch out what you'd like the web to look like, where you want it to go, etc.
Allen wrench/screwdriver: I used these to remove the straps and side rails, but I realized you didn't need to after I finished.
Step 2: First Paracord Wrap
So the first thing I decided upon was that I wanted to have a lower wrap of paracord as well as the top portion wrap. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of this part (mostly because I was happy with how it came out and didn't want to ruin it :P). I do have some closeups of it though. Basically I weaved the paracord around the helmet counterclockwise through the holes, and then cut the cord once I had the length I wanted.
To secure the cord, I tied two double fisherman's knots on either side of the NVG mount. It looks kinda nice, and it's pretty taut around the helmet. Exactly as needed.