Step 1: What You Need
- 1 Yellow bucket that should perfectly fit your child's head (otherwise you must cut eye and a mouth hole(s) later on)
- Many pages of colorful paper (cardboard is more sturdy therefore I recommend you use it)
- Pipe cleaners in different colors
- Vinyl tape in different colors
- 4 Bottle caps
- 2 Styrofoam Balls
- Brass fasteners
- Old T-shirt (I chose green as a color)
- Some kind of large Lid
- Optional: plastic gems
- Hot glue gun
- Hole puncher
- All-purpose glue
- Carpet cutter
When using a hot glue gun, be sure to spread newspaper underneath so you don't ruin your furniture. The hot glue can get extremely hot so be careful not to touch it.
Step 2: The Helmet
Next, cut two small holes in the side of the bucket, or use existing ones where there may have been a handle. Insert one long pipe cleaner on each side, and bend them upwards. To ensure that the pipe cleaners will not drop downwards when the styrofoam balls are attached, simply put a ring of tape around the top (the "real" bottom" of the bucket), fastening the pipe cleaners beneath it (if unclear, take another look at the picture, the tape I used is white). Also, fixate the pipe cleaners in the bucket with hot glue.
After that, paint the styrofoam balls in any color you wish, and press them on the top end of the pipe cleaners as soon as the paint dries.
To finish the helmet, glue geometrical figures of paper onto the helmet so it looks more futuristic, and less like a bucket. Feel free to wrap more colorful tape around the helmet too.
Step 3: The Body
Glue the lid, the bottle caps, plastic gemstones and pipe cleaners (bend them so they look cooler!) on the t-shirt with hot glue so it looks like there are controls everywhere (feel free to take the picture as reference)!
Step 4: The Arms
Punch holes in the paper where it should overlap and insert brass fasteners to connect both sides. Repeat on the other side. Feel free to customize the paper in any way you like (I simply glued blue paper around the ends)
Step 5: The Legs
Step 6: The Feet
You might need bigger paper than A4 or Letter for this step, it works the same way as the arms and legs, but you have to create a cone shape. Proceed to wrap the paper around your child's foot (in shoes!), then connect everything. Now cut the paper off at the
bottom to make a flat surface!
Decorate as you wish.
Step 7: The Shoulders
Measure the length of your child's shoulder (one side) and cut the paper so it has the same. Cut small holes in the t-shirt where you can insert the brass fasteners.
I decided to use yellow paper for this step, because it creates a nice connection to the yellow helmet. The red border creates a connection to the red paper used for the arms.