Introduction: Rainbow Mohawk

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My son wears a plagiocephaly helmet, also known as a cranial remolding orthosis. Because he has to wear it 23 hours a day, every day, we wanted to give him some options to change it up from time to time.

My partner and I decided to make a bunch of interchangeable helmet accessories. After making some sugru helmet horns, we moved on to an epic rainbow mohawk.

Step 1: Materials

For this mohawk you'll need craft foam in different colours and velcro.

Craft foam is great for helmet accessories because it is soft, light weight and easy to work with.

We used adhesive backed foam, which made making the mohawk really quick and easy. If you don't have adhesive backed foam, you can glue the foam together with craft glue.

Step 2: Cut and Stick the Foam

Start with the colour you want to be the biggest piece (we used purple). Cut out the shape of the mohawk and then trace it onto a second piece of the same colour of craft foam and cut that out too.

Move on to the next colour and cut out two identical pieces, slightly smaller than the first colour. Keep going until you've cut out all your pieces.

One by one, peel the backing off of the foam pieces, and stick them together. Do each side separately and then carefully line them up and stick them together. (If you don't have sticky foam, you can use glue to hold the pieces together)

Step 3: Add Velcro

Stick two pieces of the hook side of the velcro to the underside of the mohawk. Use hot glue or adhesive backed velcro.

Attach the soft loop side of the velcro to the helmet. Use epoxy or adhesive backed velcro.

Your baby can now rock that mohawk!

Safety Warnings:
Small objects can be a choking hazard for children under 3 years old. Make sure any helmet accessories you make are at least 2¼" long and have a diameter of at least 1¼". Remove them before putting your child to sleep or leaving him unattended.

Plagiocephaly helmets are not safety helmets. Adding adhesives and accessories to a bicycle helmet or other protective helmet may prevent it from functioning properly in a crash.

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