This started out as a quick picture I scribbled out just for laughs. Since then it had been swimming in my head for a while until I suddenly realized I had a matching pair of pewter steins and a drink helmet sitting around doing nothing. I had been wanting to learn a few more legitimate prop building techniques so I searched around online and found a cosplay crafting method of using craft foam and acrylic paint to fake metal armor. A few days later the Dwarven Mead Helm was a reality.
     This helmet is based off of the design of Gimli's helmet in the Lord Of The Rings movies. Because who likes their mead? Dwarves like their mead. And what piece of dwarven crafted armor is more recognizable than Gimli's helmet? Of course this technique could easily be used to craft all manner of anachronistic beer helmets, like a Plastered Pict, Inebriated Knight, Soused Samurai, Smashed Spartan or even a Brovahkiin helmet (Brews Ro Dah!).

Step 1: Beginning Thy Quest

Before setting off for adventure, be sure to equip yourself for the journey ahead.

X-acto Knife
Heat Gun (or other SAFE heat source)
Stencils - I got a few from this costume research site that worked quite well for the cheek guard and that crest up front.

Drink Helmet
2 Matching Tankards - Since it's hard to clean these out once they're on the helmet, try to find a pair that will fit the whole drink
     can inside. If not, I'd suggest finding some half-sized drink cans or water bottles to keep inside.
Elmer's Glue-all
Acrylic Paint
Craft Foam - Sheets both 1/4" and 1/8" thick, They are sold in craft stores but for larger sheets you may have to go online.
Zip Ties
Pleather scraps

Start by stripping your helmet of its cup holders and vizor. Any way goes so long as the rest of the helmet remains in one piece. I wound up using pliers and a small handsaw for this.
<p>Seems like something your stereotypical Dwarven warrior would wear. Or a Blizzard promotional item. This is pretty awesome! Although might I suggest in the future, faux reeds to cover the plastic tubing and make it look more 'medieval-y'?</p>
<p>Saw this being worn at Renaissance Faire and Loved it! Just amazing and hilarious. Well done.</p>
<p>Heh, that was probably actually me. I thought I heard someone talking about instructables while I was there.</p>
Amazing. I am making a collection called awesome, and this is the first one I put on it.
Wow.... amazing. Now this is creativity when you can make this from a baseball helmet.
This is so cool! all that is missing is covering up the plastic tubing but I can see that topic has already been addressed in the previous comments. Looking forward to seeing what you finally decide to do for a cover up.
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can&rsquo;t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
You got my vote.
And my axe!
you made my day :P
Using tubing of the brown latex (medical supply) might make one think of veins or such retrieved from butchered animals. That should be appropriate for the time period.
Wouldn't that make the drink taste strange?
I really don't know. However, I suppose if one drank enough of the right drink it wouldn't matter after awhile.
It does if you don't plan on drinking alcohol
Animal gut had actually crossed my mind as period tubing. I quickly decided I'd rather stick with historical inaccuracy. XP
This is very cool! I already have the drinking hat that I attached 2 plastic drinking boots to. I use it when I perform at Oktoberfest parties. A medieval style helmet would get so much more attention and I could also wear it to RenFaires.
Love it! <br>Have you considered wrapping the tubes with straps of leather, linen or some other kind of fabric?
That's a good idea. I was having trouble trying to think of a period drinking straw. That may get a little messy around the mouthpiece, but it would look so awesome!
Put a wooden mouthpiece on the end to avoid the leather getting wet. That should eliminate the mess. Oak would likely be best since that's what lots of traditional brews are aged in anyway.
That would look so awesome! I'm looking into this!
Those braided cable sleeves you'd use in electronics might work. I just saw beige ones on the interwebs or maybe a quick and dirty paint job would do the trick to give them a more natural appearance.
Smashed Spartan? I know you mean Greek Spartans, but now I'm thinking of Halo.
Finnaly! I can drink and pillage at the same time!! Awsome design
You had me at the photo.
hmmmm I already have a steel viking helmet with magnetically attached horns... I wounder if i could do the same with Magnets and Tankards... hmmmm I like this idea!
this came up on my tumblr the other day, and now i realize it is by someone i follow! <br> <br>also do the tankards make it to heavy to wear?
Pewter is surprisingly light, so it's not a heavy thing to wear. It will restrict your head movement a little, though.
Awesome idea!
I am totally making this for the Michigan Renaissance Festival...
Very creative! If I didn't know any better, I'd swear it was genuine!
Very cool. Wonder how it would look with a pair of viking style horns on top of the tankards.
Oh, I actually laughed out loud with joy and pleasure when I saw this - well done, that Maker!
Finally, something to address my love of Renaissance fairs and my laziness!
I agree! Perfect for the after-hours parties at reenactment fairs or for laying about during - particularly if you can find a wench who will stop by occasionally and top you off!
All I can think of is &quot;d'oh&quot;, and this is, by all means, a compliment to this great looking and stylish idea. Seriously, I know it might not sound like it, but I think it is great.

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