DIY Knight Helmet From a Popcorn Bucket
DIY knight helmet from a popcorn bucket – What?! Do you have a little knight in your life that needs a homemade knight helmet to spark his or her imagination? I have the solution. Why not use a popcorn bucket? That’s right! A popcorn bucket. I really wish I could take credit for this brilliant idea, but I get to give full credit to my mother-in-law. My kids were recently playing at her house, and Corban came out in a knight helmet made from a popcorn bucket. It wasn’t newly made. It was vintage. Pre-Pinterest she had come up with the idea to make this knight helmet for my husband when he was a little boy. I am amazed at how well she has preserved it all of these years. I wanted to re-create the idea so a) we wouldn’t ruin the one she has kept safe for all of these years 2) so I could bring a full tutorial to you. I really hope you have fun making one of these for your little knight.
~ Popcorn Bucket
~ Silver Spray Paint
~ X-Acto Knife
~ Ruler or Straight Edge
~ White Stock Paper
~2 Paper Fasteners
~ Large Feather
1. Get a popcorn bucket. I went to the movie theatre at a non-busy time and just asked the manager for a bucket, offering to pay for the cost of the container. The manager just gave it to me. Score!
2. The next thing is to spray paint the bucket silver. I did two coats.
3. Print out the knight face mask printable onto heavy stock paper. Using an X-Acto knife and straight edge, cut out the mask.
4. Spray paint the mask portion silver.
5. After the bucket has dried, using an X-Acto knife, cut out a rectangle for where the mask will go. This is so your child can see. I made my rectangle 5″ wide and 4″ high. I put the seam of the bucket in the back.
6. Once dry, fold your mask down the center, making a crisp line. Open it back up. Attach the two ends of the mask to the popcorn bucket (either side of the hole you just made) using paper fasteners.
7. Make a small hole in the back of the top of the bucket for the feather. Make sure it is near the edge so it doesn’t poke your child in the head. Feed the feather through and tape it to the back of the bucket.
Now you have a great knight helmet for a costume and pretend play. Isn’t that fun?