Over the past week, Son and I put together his Viking costume for the school project today. Both of us are pleased at how it turned out. Here are some highlights. Son helped me design it, and he helped put some of it together.
The HelmetWe started with a two-liter bottle (or for you Canadians and Brits, two-litre), because the top of it had the right sort of shape. I cut a slice out of the top so I could get a flat pattern. I drew the slice on a piece of graph paper, then compared the circumference of the bottle with the circumference of Son's head. I needed to scale up about 1.75 times. Since my drawing was on graph paper, I just went out 1.75 times the number of squares in both directions and redrew the pattern. I ended up with something like this.
There's a new kind of posterboard that has grid lines on it. I had Son take the pattern and draw a bunch of overlapping instances so we ended up with a pattern that looked sort of like this.
We put some tape on the seams, and then cut out pieces for the eye guards, neck guard, and ear flaps. Grey primer, silver paint, and a clear coat finish made the helmet look like this.
The Tunic and PantsWe recycled the tunic from Son's Link costume from Halloween. I made the pants from a thicker canvas-like material. All I had to do there was take a pair of Son's lounge pants/pajama bottoms and copy the pieces. I didn't add a zipper or drawstring, because luck made them fit snugly, but not too tightly.
The CapeThe cape was easy. I just made a rectangle of cloth, hemmed the edges, then pulled it in on one side to make it sort of trapezoidal-ish. The fastener is pretty simple. I found a large key ring for the circle, and I made the pin by pulling apart a binder clip, straightening the wire with some pliers, bending the end, and sharpening the other end on a knife sharpener. Slick, eh?
The SwordI bought the sword at a costume shop for $4.
Here's the finished product.