How to Make a Skyrim Iron Helmet (From Paper to Prop)

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Hail Dovakhiin! This Instructable will teach you how to take a 3D model and turn it into a real, solid, sturdy prop. Specifically, I will be creating the iron helmet from Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. As my entrance to the Make it Real challenge, this focuses on the person with minimal tools, materials, and budget. The easiest way to turn a digital 3D model into a tangible thing is by 3D printing or laser cutting, but not just anybody can do that. If you have paper,  glue, and a couple bucks you can follow this Instructable. This process involves finding (or making, if you know how. I don't) a papercraft of your model, building it, and turning that paper model into something a little more solid. You can use the concepts I will teach you here and apply them to a statue, a knife, a Pokemon or anything you can think of, not just this specific helmet. Let's get started!
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Step 1: Building the Papercraft

So what is papercraft? defines papercraft as "a hobby where computer images are printed, cut into pieces, and glued into a 3-dimensional model." I used z8-0's Iron Helmet Papercraft, which can be found at To assemble your model you will need:

-Card Stock Paper
-Exacto Knife
-Something sharp for scoring/the aforementioned exacto knife
-Tacky Glue

The glue must be tacky for good results! A glue stick won't cut it. Print your papercraft (this one is 13 pages long), and make sure you are using the version with the fold lines and edge numbers. Now build your model! If you want more precise directions, take a look at this ( beginner tutorial and this ( advanced tutorial and read both. I am going to assume you can build your model without my help. Make sure not to attach the horns yet, as they are far too likely to crush in the coming steps without a little extra help. Also, a more experience papercrafter might want to make certain parts of this model without creasing their folds, such as the horns and the dome of the head for a smoother look.
Cyclone17642 years ago
I used to do papercraft like you,
then I took an arrow to the knee.

No lollygagging.

oh dude keep pressure on it.... :)
let me guess someone stole you sweetrole? ?
Vucarious2 years ago
why cant i download the PDF?
isarielys2 years ago
I cant download the PDF :(
ianmcmill2 years ago
try to use foam without isocyanates. iso-cyanate is is carcinogen. there are ioscyanate free spray foams available. still not "healthy" but way less harmfull then isocy. .
greynolds1 (author)  ianmcmill2 years ago
Well, I have never worn it longer than 10 seconds, it is mostly shelf art until someone asks to use it as a movie prop or something. But thank you for the tip!
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Thiis was what i was lookiing for TwT
Void Schism3 years ago
It's a good idea not to use brand names, such as "Elmers", as these are often not available in other countries. It is better to use the type of glue (eg. "woodglue"), or the chemical name (eg. "PVA") to make your 'ible more globalised.

Other than that, love it!
I disagree, Void Schism. While it IS a good idea to know and mention generic terms like PVA glue or spray paint for plastic, it is valuable to be as specific as possible about brand names and product names.

This allows those in the same country to get the specific items if they choose, and also to find substitutes as close to the original as possible. If I walk into a store and ask for PVA glue, I may not get a useful response. If I say I need something like Elmer's Glue All, I am far more likely to get what I need. It is also easier to look up specs on the internet.

I would go so far as to say use specific product names like "Elmer's Glue All" or "Krylon Fusion Hammered Metal" or "Liquid Nails Heavy Duty", since a company may have several products that look similar but are not identical.
For other users outside the US of A it's hard to get a substitute for a specific brand name product series.
"Elmer's glue all" can be everything from cyano- to woodglue.
A specific product description of it's attributes and characteristics is the essential thing.

"a tacky non-transparent/transparent, viscous paper glue" is far more convicing then "get your Elmers XX Glue".

Brand names are not redundant but, no offence justjimAZ, googeling for the characteristics of some brand name product to find a substitute in other countries is often a pain.

anyways, awesome instructable !
greynolds1 (author)  Void Schism3 years ago
Thanks, I'll make sure to change that. First instructable hehe
ianmcmill2 years ago
how exactly did you do the duct tape lining inside the horns ?
did you first glued the paper pieces together and lined the inside as far as you could get it ?

or did you lined the duct tape on the inside-side of the paper pieces BEFORE you glued them together ??
from the first picture I can see you glued the pieces together and the lined the inside with duct tape.
ok so after glueing the first horn I had an idea how to make the duct tape process easier and tapeing the horn till the very tight tip.

I started from the tip of the horn glueing the first two pieces together.
after the glue had dried I lined the inner side with duct tape stripes.
Fus Ro Dah!!!!!!
greynolds1 (author) 2 years ago
First Instructable, and it makes front page and gets me a free Pro Membership. Not bad hehe.

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Malhecho2 years ago
i was gonna post more instructables but then i took an arrow to the knee.
Zandoken2 years ago
Does anyone have any idea why I can't print pages 10-14? The numbers print, but not the images?
Evilminded12 years ago
I love you...r helmet creation! I can not wait to be the dragonborne!!! Thank you!
wyoming 352 years ago
I do some paperkura helmets and I think the best way to finish them is to fiberglass it. You fiberglass the in side and resin the outside. Then to make smoothe I use bondo. Then I paint it. I think it is a lot easyer than paper mache and a lot faster to.
greynolds1 (author)  wyoming 352 years ago
Yes, that is very true. However, this instructable is geared towards "Making it Real" with minimum tools and materials, and not many people have access to fiberglass and resin. But yes, that would work a whole lot better.
justjimAZ2 years ago
This is a perfect example of being usefully specific about brand and product. If i am in India and want to reproduce your results, I could easily use this pic to find a close match.

I remember once thinking I invented using spackle for papercraft. Hahaha!
nerd122 years ago
I used to make helmets too, then i took a arrow to the knee. lol
love this! it looks like metal!
monsterlego3 years ago
lafnbear3 years ago
I don't play Skyrim so I don't have in-game reference to work from to compare (I've seen images online but I don't know if they're in-game shots or artist renderings), but I don't think the visible creases in the finished product take away at all- looks real to me!
tocsik3 years ago
I was going to make one of these helmets but then I took an arrow to the knee.

Great work!
ilpug tocsik3 years ago
I hate that joke.

With that said, I like the helmet too.