My son Jack is currently infatuated with Power Rangers (he’s 6). While we easily found a pretty nice Ranger Halloween costume at the store, we couldn’t find a helmet. I decided to make one for him.
I thought going into this project that making a Power Rangers helmet would be pretty challenging. It turns out that it really isn’t that hard.
I found a blog detailing the creation of a Power Rangers-ish mask out of cardboard and paper mache. It even had a downloadable template to cut out and use. With my wife’s help, a lot of masking tape and hot glue, I managed to create a wearable helmet that fits my son’s head really well and looks pretty cool so far.
Here are a few tips I figured out so far:
- Spend a lot of time cutting out the template. The more perfect it is, the better your mask will fit together.
- The hole in the bottom of the mask isway too small to get over your child’s head. You can enlarge it by cutting along the back.
- If you leave the chin piece off the mask it will fit better, but it will be less stable. Up to you. I ended up leaving mine on.
- Instead of painting the details on the mask, I cut a rectangular hole for the eyes and a slot for the mouth, and then attached the pre-made Power Rangers mask that came with Jack’s Halloween costume. It works perfectly.
Thanks to my talented sister Danae, the paper mache is on, and several coats of Power Rangers Red have been added. Jack is almost ready for trick or treating!
And here’s Jack trying out his Ranger moves in the helmet!