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How-To: H is for Helmet

In this workshop, you’ll find that the letter “H” is the perfect frame for a helmet. We’ll rework a simple giant letter into a helmet for an imaginary sports team.

What you’ll need:

brass fasteners
15″ x 15″ cardstock
drawing materials
found objects
glue
hole punch
scissors

Steps:

  1. Begin by cutting out one 6″ x 6″ square from the middle of both sides of the cardstock as shown in the diagram, to create an “H” shape.

2. Draw patterns on the remaining area that best express your imaginary sport. 

3. Bend in the middle so that both sets of ends can overlap and size it up to the wearer’s head. Use a hole punch to create a hole through both layers. 

4. Fasten the layers with a brass fastener, making sure to have the two ends of the fastener point from the inside of the helmet to the outside. This way the two ends do not poke the wearer’s head or catch his or her hair. 

5. Use the rest of the materials to decorate the helmet with telling elements that will help you in your imaginary sport. For example: Does it need an antenna for communicating? Does it need wings for flying? Or does it need lenses to cover the eyes?

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