A wonderful game children play is make-believe and dress-up. A samurai’s helmet made from paper is an excellent addition to a make-believe wardrobe. Use the ancient Japanese art of folding paper to create a wearable samurai’s helmet.
A wearable paper samurai’s helmet will use a 12-inch or 14-inch square of paper. Make the first helmet with an 8 1/2 inch square to practice the folds. Use a regular sheet of printing paper and cut it to the proper size. Printing paper is inexpensive and easy to fold to make a paper samurai’s helmet model.
Things You Will Need:
8 1/2 by 11-inch paper
Step 1 – Place a piece of 8 1/2 by 11-inch piece of paper on a flat surface. Take the bottom right hand corner and match the edge with the other side of the paper to make a large triangle. Crease the fold. Cut off the excess 2 1/2-inch strip.
Step 2 – Place the triangle on the flat surface with the top point of the triangle facing down. Fold the right tip to the point and crease. Fold the left tip to the point and crease. Two small triangles now cover a diamond shaped base.
Step 3 – Fold the tip of the right folded triangle up and match it to the top point of the diamond. Crease the fold. Repeat the process with the left folded triangle.
Step 4 – Take the right tip fold it back one inch and create a small narrow triangle by creasing from the center fold. This will look like the first fold when making the point on a paper airplane. Repeat the process with the left side.
Step 5 – Take the top layer of the bottom diamond shape and fold it up so the point is centered between the center line and top point. Crease the paper. Fold a brim with the paper that is below the center line. Fold the edge up so the bottom edge is now flush with the center line. Crease the paper.
Step 6 – Flip the hat over with the single sheet of the diamond still pointing down. Fold the point of the diamond up and match the top point. Continue with the same piece of paper and fold it down to match the brim on the front of the paper helmet. Crease firmly. There will still be a point that extends below the helmet. Fold the point to the inside of the helmet so it is flush with the brim and crease firmly.
Use paper mache and cardboard to construct a helmet that is more permanent. Design, cut and tape the shape of the cardboard helmet. Cover the cardboard with paper mache. Paint and let dry.
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