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Astronaut Paper Mache Helmet Craft: How To

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.

What you need:

  • Medium size balloon
  • Newspaper or white office paper (office paper eliminates the need to paint the helmet white)
  • Wallpaper glue (or flour and water - 1 part flour to 2 parts water)
  • Application brush
  • White paint (if using newspaper)
  • Scissors & markers or paints for decals 
  • Tray for glue mix (not shown in picture)

Step 1

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).

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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!

Karen Van Ert

Author: Karen Van Ert

I’m a mom of two young, creative boys and I have so much fun joining in (and sometimes instigating) pretend play adventures with them. Being boys, we do a lot of ninja training, dinosaur hunting, and monster tracking.

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7 Comments

Lunalove
Lunalove

June 17, 2016

This is a great idea that worked so well for a skit we are doing in summer camp! Thank you so much!

palvisha
palvisha

June 04, 2016

how many coats did you do and how long did you leave it to dry before you pooped the balloon

Jonmarc
Jonmarc

May 19, 2016

It really helps me in my homework. I ? ? love it

superdude99
superdude99

November 17, 2015

This is a good idea for the project i’m working on. I couldn’t find a good idea for a helmet and now i have a good one!

Jen
Jen

October 25, 2015

Hi there. I am making a paper mache eyeball for my son’s Halloween costume. I bought a 36 inch beach ball that i paper mached over . I’m planning to cut holes for his head, body, and arms. Will four layers be strong enough? I am using elmers glue and water for the binder. Thank you.

Siobhan
Siobhan

October 14, 2015

This was brilliant thank you

phyllis
phyllis

September 25, 2015

love the ideas

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