Choose from any of these Roman Imperial Helmet templates. For this craft tutorial, we chose the plain template to demonstrate the basic steps for making a paper roman helmet and the various ways you can decorate it.
If you prefer a quicker and simpler option, you can print out the ready-to-color template or the colored helmet template.
The second page includes a crown-like visor, a pair of curvy cheek guards, and a crest. Paint all of these with gold or silver paint except for the top part of the crest. Paint the fan-like portion of the crest red. Also notice that the cheek guards and the crest have tabs labeled with the words "Glue here". Leave these tabs unpainted.
Glue each corner of the visor close to the junction between the straight band and the helmet. This will cause the visor to slightly pop out, breaking the flatness of the helmet.
This step completes a basic Roman helmet. To wear the helmet, simply join the bands together to fit around your head. In case you want to embellish the helmet, continue with the steps below.
Use glitter glue, puffy paint, or colored glue to decorate the helmet with embossed lines. Scrolls, curvy lines, leaves, flowers, and dots are elements often found in Roman helmets.
You can also glue on plastic gems, sequins, or gem-style stickers for added texture.
Achieve a worn or ancient effect by painting the templates with two layers of paint. First, paint all the pieces with a base color such as black or dark brown.
Once dry, apply a second layer of gold or silver paint using dry brush strokes so that the base paint partially shows through. To do this, dip the tips of a dry paint brush onto gold or silver paint. Apply onto the helmet in quick uneven strokes.
To make a crepe paper crest, cut out a rectangular piece out of red crepe paper. Mine is around 6 x 5 inches. Cut evenly-spaced slits starting from one long side and stopping about 1 to 1½ inches from the opposite side. Continue until you've cut slits along the entire length of the crepe paper. Hold the crepe paper on one corner of the uncut edge. Carefully roll the entire piece.