My 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.
- 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
- Draw pattern onto 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.
- Using 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.
- Put the helmet on and adjust as necessary. Cut the face hole to desired shape/size.
- 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!).
- Blast off!