I have been working on putting together my costume for my friend Nikki's annual Halloween party, and since I am going as Ms. Captain America, I needed a helmet! Take a look at my DIY version...

My inspiration for the look of the costume came from Pinterest. I am going with more of the WWII Pin-up style Ms. Captain America. I wanted to make my own helmet because I wanted to try to match the blue to the top & bottom of my costume. So I started with a basic kid's plastic army helmet from Nick Nackery.

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I will tell you this was my second attempt at doing this. What you see above is the helmet after I stripped 4 coats of white paint from it. I forgot a key step when I painted it the first time...

 

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I forgot to sand the plastic. So for my second go around, I sanded the crap out of it, really roughing up the surface so the paint could adhere well. Also, I wiped it down really well to remove the dust from sanding. I've been told you can use a 50/50 mix of water & rubbing alcohol to do this, but I just wiped it down with a dry paper-towel.

 

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Next up, I painted on about 3 coats of an off white acrylic paint. This would be easier to spray paint, but 1) I didn't have spray paint but did have acrylics and 2) it's been raining and spray paint doesn't like high humidity.

 

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Once my last coat of white was dry, I hit the helmet again with a very very fine sand paper, just to smooth out any brush strokes that I had left behind. Again, I wiped it off with a dry paper towel. Using a low-tack painter's tape, I applied my "A" for America. It took me 2 tries to get it even & centered. I overlapped at the top & then cut off the excess in a straight line. Rub the tape down really really well to make sure the edges are sealed before you start with the blue.

 

Kat Mykals

 

The first coat of blue left quite a bit of white peeking through, but that's ok. Multiple light coats are better than heavy thick coats of paint that are going to leave runs. I used a slightly stiffer brush too. I noticed with the first failed attempt that my softer bristled brush applied thicker coats of paint.

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After 4 coats of blue, I was finally ready to peel off the tape. I will tell you that if you are impatient like I am, you can use your hairdryer between coats of paint. It worked really well to dry the paint so I could add the next coat sooner.

 

Kat Mykals

 

I did have a little trouble with the paint pulling off clean. I'm not sure if I needed to let the paint dry overnight or if it's because I was using acrylics, but there are a couple of snagged places in the paint. All in all, I think it turned out really well. Especially for my first time trying to do something like this.