So – my kids are suddenly obsessed with Power Rangers. So much so, in fact, that they are actually leaning toward dressing as Power Rangers at Comic Con this year, rather than Captain America. (My heart is breaking a little just typing that.) Regardless, with the “big super hero party” just around the corner, I decided to figure out my options for creating a homemade Power Rangers costume.
I was hugely inspired by this amazing paper mache Power Rangers helmet I found online. Though I had zero faith that my own personal Power Rangers helmet could look anything like this one, I decided to give it a try.
As a preface, I’ve never paper mache’d anything in my life. So if you’re a regular mama like me, this blog is for you. It will give you a realistic idea of what your final helmet might look like (especially if you have two young children running circles around you while you try to create it.)
Step one: Create the skeleton.
Using soft cardboard (cereal boxes, soda boxes, etc.) create a skeleton on which your paper mache will rest. Do this by creating a cardboard ring that wraps around your child’s head completely, and then raise arches across at various intervals on top of it. I chose to create a design that would sit on my sons’ heads like a welder’s hat, rather than a motorcycle-helmet style that I’d have to saw in half to put on/take off of them.
It feels almost silly admitting how cheap and easy paper mache-ing is. Two parts water to one part flour. That’s it! This is what it looked like after the first round, drying in the California sun. I read online it could take a full day to dry, but I found that two to three layers dried completely within 3-4 hours on a clear, sunny day.
Step three: Paint it and decorate
I figured that the decoration phase would help salvage some of the more awkward aspects of my imperfect helmet design. I used soft foam and clear folder separators for the visor and accoutrements.
And voila: This is how they turned out. Red Ranger, go!
They are far from perfect, but for a first stab at what seemed like an impossible feat, I think they turned out great. And my kid looks pretty darn happy with them.
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