Paper Football Helmets

Kate Miller-Wilson
football helmet

Whether you need an outfit for a costume party or want a decoration to display at the next big game, paper football helmets are a fun and easy craft you'll enjoy. Learn several methods for making helmets of all different types and sizes.

Paper Mache Football Helmets

If you're planning a Superbowl party or need decorations for a child's room, this craft can be the perfect solution. The size of the helmet is flexible, so you can choose to make large versions for table centerpieces or tiny helmets to decorate cupcakes and treat bags.

Things You'll Need

  • Balloon
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Pan
  • Whisk
  • Stovetop
  • Mixing bowls
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Scissors

What to Do

  1. Start by making the glue mixture. Cooking the glue makes it more durable, but this activity is best done by an adult. Put five cups of warm water in a pan, then stir in one cup of flour and three teaspoons of salt with the whisk. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until all of the lumps are dissolved. Allow the mixture to boil for about three minutes or until it thickens.
  2. Cool the glue mixture while you prepare your paper. Tear or cut your newspaper into long, thin strips.
  3. Blow up the balloon to the desired size. For a large helmet, use a big balloon. For smaller helmets, don't inflate the balloon as much, or use a smaller size. Place the balloon in a mixing bowl, so it is supported with the pointy end is down.
  4. When the glue is cool, pour it into a large mixing bowl. Dip the newspaper strips individually into the glue mixture, allowing each one to get completely saturated. Use your fingers to remove any excess glue mixture.
  5. Carefully drape the strip over the balloon. Continue dipping strips and draping them on the form. From time to time, smooth the surface of the balloon with your hands.
  6. Once you have completely covered the surface, allow the helmet to dry. Usually, it takes about 24 hours for the layer to completely dry, but this can vary depending on the humidity of your home. Refrigerate unused paste for use in the next layer.
  7. When the first layer is dry, add another layer of newspaper strips. Let this layer dry, and add a third layer. If you want an exceptionally durable helmet, you can add a fourth or fifth layer of strips.
  8. When the final layer is completely dry, pop the balloon and remove the balloon pieces from inside the helmet. Use heavy scissors to trim the face opening and edges of the helmet, and apply another layer of newspaper strips to soften these cut areas.
  9. Paint the helmet with your team's colors.

Construction Paper Football Helmets

While paper mache produces a great result, it can be messy and time consuming. If you want a simpler project, try making a kids' construction paper football helmet. This project is easy and can be completed in a single afternoon.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper in desired colors
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Tape

What to Do

  1. Choose who will wear the helmet, and measure that person's head with the measuring tape. You'll need the circumference of the person's head above the eyebrows and below the hairline in back. You'll also need to measure from the nape of the neck to the top of the person's head. Record these measurements.
  2. Use these measurements to cut a rough version of the helmet out of construction paper. The piece you cut will be a rectangle, but you'll adjust the fit in the next step.
  3. Wrap the paper around the person's head, and use tape to hold it in place. At this point, it will look like a tall paper crown. Now, begin folding the paper in to fit the person's head. Secure each fold with tape. You're done with this step when the helmet has the characteristic rounded shape.
  4. Use additional pieces of construction paper to cut out and add a face shield. Attach it to the helmet with tape.
  5. Create a logo of the appropriate team. Cut it out, and use the glue to affix it to the helmet. Decorate the helmet with markers.

No matter which method you use, you'll enjoy making these helmets. They are great for pretend play or party centerpieces, but remember that they don't provide any real head protection for impromptu games in the front yard.

Paper Football Helmets