Milk Jug Football Helmet

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Milk Jug Football Helmet

Learn how to make a milk jug football helmet for your next football party. This design is easy to customize for your favorite team. These are great football decorations for a playoff or Super Bowl Party!

I thought of the idea to make a milk jug football helmet for an indoor tailgate party. I looked at all of the details of the official NFL helmets and created my decorative version. I like the way that it turned out… it resembles a cross between the old school leather helmets of the early NFL years and the current helmet we know today. I make these for Super Bowl gathering but it would also be fun to make for a kid’s birthday party.

Watch my video on how to make my Milk Jug NFL Helmet below.

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You can also make two helmets to show the match up! Here are some other team helmets I made.

Panthers vs. Ravens

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I thought of the idea to make a milk jug football helmet for an indoor tailgate party. I looked at all of the details of the official NFL helmets and created my own decorative version. I really like the way that it turned out… it resembles a cross between the old school leather helmets of the early NFL years and the current helmet we know today. I make these for Super Bowl gathering but it would also be fun to make for a kid’s birthday party.

Materials

  • One Empty Milk Jug (washed and dried – I know that seems obvious but you never know…)
  • Metallic Acrylic Paint from the craft stores to match your team’s colors (it costs around a dollar)
  • 6 pipe cleaners (they may be called Chenille Stems)
  • Duct Tape (in the color of your teams face guard)
  • Foam Brush
  • Craft Glue
  • Glue Gun
  • Logo printouts
  • White paper

Instructions

pattern

Draw the football helmet on the the milk jug as shown above. When choosing a milk jug, don’t make the same mistake I did by using a white plastic jug or you will have to paint the inside as well. Instead, use a translucent plastic jug so the color on the outside of the helmet will show through to the inside.

milk jugCut out the helmet shape with scissors.

paint

Paint the helmet with acrylic paint and a foam brush. It will take 2-3 coats to give it a solid base depending on what color you use. I usually spray paint plastic for a flawless finish but you can also use some acrylic paint instead.  Notice that I used a white milk jug so I had to paint the inside as well.

strips

Paint two strips of white paper in the the accent color and attach them to the top of the helmet with craft glue. You may also use a colored piece of lightweight paper.

twist

To make the face guard, twist two pieces of pipe cleaner together.

duct-tape-pipe-cleanerCut a strip of duct tape and lay the twisted pipe cleaner on the edge, giving it about 1/4 inch extra at the end. Only cut manageable pieces of duct tape…I used about a 6 inch strip.

duct-tape

Roll the pipe cleaner onto the duct tape to form a nice wrapped tube. Continue to this method until the entire piece is covered making sure to overlap the edges of each additional piece of duct tape.

faceguard

Bend the covered pipe cleaner so it resembles the shape of the faceguard. Fold the ends in and glue to give it a finish look.

pipe-cleanersFor the top part of the face guard, you will need a longer length. Twist two pieces of pipe cleaner together at the ends and then twist them together and cover the piece with duct tape as directed above.

faceguard1

faceguard2

Attached the face guard with a hot glue gun. Attach the top part first. It will be longer than you need so cut it to size. Be careful not to burn your fingers.

riddell

Add accent pieces to finish the helmet. I printed out the Riddell logo.

flag

Added the American flag for an extra special touch.

Ravens-helmetAnd of course you need the team logo. I added a white circle for an ear hole. Send me pictures of your completed helmet. I would love to see which NFL helmet you created and I will post it on my blog.

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2 Responses

  1. Alice says:

    The ideas you shared on “Let’s Talk Live” are so creative. I need to go collect milk cartons so I can make a couple football helmets to take with me to a Super Bowl Party. Go Ravens!!!

  2. Gina says:

    Thank you…I had a great time creating all of these ideas. I would love it if you sent me a picture of your helmets when you are done. I would love to post them. -Gina

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