This is a great homemade space helmet it looks lovley and is quite robust and once you have finished you can paint it.


  • 1 newspaper
  • 3-4 cups paper mache glue
  • 1 balloon
  • 1 bottle coloured paint


  1. First blow up the balloon to fit childs head.
    then tear newspaper into segments/strips.
    apply a layer of glue on the balloon and then a layer of newspaper and continue this process until you are happy with the thickness of your paper mache helmet. Allow this to dry in the sun for a day.
    Once dry cut out a neck hole and a window for the face making sure everything is in proportion simple allow extra room for either another layer of paper mache around the cut edges or you can sand paper the edges to not be sharp.

    then paint.

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  • happymum2018
    • 08 Nov 2017
      10:54 am

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  • Now that is cool, totally great for book week!


  • This is so great, I love doing all the activities I did as a child.


  • I know what I’m doing these school holidays!

    • Always a good project to revisit. Good to paint outside too when the weather is warmer.


  • Love this idea and a great project that you can do with your children.


  • So going to do this with my boys over the weekend and see if my girls want to do this or something a bit different :) seeming as my boy calls himself Captain Australia


  • Such a cool idea. Endless colour styling the kids could make.


  • I do like the shape of the helmet

    • Sparkly spray paint would be cool to use


  • I have had so much with papier mâché in the past. You can create anything with it


  • This is so cool
    I bet your kids had so much fun playing austronauts.


  • How much fun this would be to make with my son he would have an absolute ball. We would definately paint or decorate with paint after paper mache is complete.


  • brilliant project that promotes imaginary play. Thank you for sharing.


  • this is a fun activity and can be very messy but the kids will be occupied with it for awhile. You can also take a few days to complete it, just take 30 min intervals because sometimes the kids get bored really quickly.


  • We used to soak news paper in wall paper glue and then apply the soaked strokes of news paper on the balloon. Wall paper is quite cheep and easy to get at your hardware store.


  • A great one for children and then something to play with afterwards.


  • Paper mache is so much fun and this is a brilliant idea; thanks.


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