Creating a Spaceman Costume – Part 1:Space Helmet

Helmet-PatternMy soon to be four-year-old requested a space birthday party and I was pretty excited to say the least.    There are so many great ideas out there – I ran out of time for all the things I wanted to do, but we had a really great time.  One of the really fun projects I was able to do was to make rocket blasters and space helmets for each child as a party favor.   This will be information on how to make the homemade space helmet.

Materials used:

  • Sheets of packing foam, 1/2 thick (I reused some from a package that was shipped to us)
  • Shiny Silver Metallic or White Duct Tape
  • Sharpie to draw pattern
  • Scissors to cut foam

Steps:

  1. Draw pattern Basic-form-of-space-helmetonto foam sheet – you will want to make sure that you have a length that a few inches larger than the circumference of the wearer’s head.  There are extra notches at the bottom to create a rounded shape to the bottom of the helmet.  Notice I began with a small face hole and then cut and adjusted it little by little to fit my little buddy’s face once the basic form was established.
  2. Helmet-with-holeUsing duct tape, pull the edges together by the notches to create a rounded form.  If you have pointy parts that protrude, use duct tape to smooth them out.
  3. Put the helmet on and adjust as necessary.  Cut the face hole to desired shape/size.
  4. Begin to cover the helmet with duct tape of your choice.  Wrap tape toward inside of helmet and make sure sticky ends are down (to prevent hair from sticking – ouch!).
  5. Blast off!

Helmet-collage

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