Making this Astronaut Paper Mache Craft Helmet took me back to my days in school where paper mache was an everyday, messy thing! It ending being a fun, clean, rather simple craft, and was great to do with my kids!
Level Of Difficulty: EasyMediumDifficult
Time To Prepare: Under 3 Hours
Time Until Ready: Under 3 Days
Recommended Age: 3 to 8 years
Making this Astronaut Paper Mache Craft Helmet took me back to my days in school where paper mache was an everyday, messy thing! It ending being a fun, clean, rather simple craft, and was great to do with my kids! I prefer the wallpaper glue over the flour and water method and prefer cutting the paper into long strips rather than ripping it into small pieces. These tips make it a cleaner and easier project. My boys and I have made many of these helmets, and they've all turned out great. My little astronauts have had hours of pretend play fun with these. Make pretend play even more fun with some of our other astronaut dress-up products.
Blow up your balloon and find a small bucket or plant pot to sit it in. Cut newspaper, or office paper into long strips. With the application brush, coat each paper strip with the glue one strip at a time and paste onto the balloon. Once you have one layer done, have your child add a light coat of the glue over the paper to add strength. Let dry 4 hours. Repeat 3-4 times (to create 4 to 5 layers).
Once the final layer is dry, pop the balloon and remove the balloon from the interior of the helmet. Popping the balloon is my youngest daughter's favorite part! You now have a solid shell for your Astronaut Paper Mache helmet. Cut the bottom of the helmet opening to fit your little astronaut's head. Then cut an opening for the face.
Decorate any way your little astronaut desires. They might need a little help with this if you want it to look NASA authentic.
Time for some space expeditions!