Let’s face it — building a skateboard helmet on your own seems impossible. The standard design doesn’t only have an extremely hard shell; it also has a soft liner usually made of foam to cushion your head.
However, if you really prefer a helmet you can make instead of the real thing, we have two words for you: cardboard helmet. That’s right; you can learn how to make a skateboard helmet if you’re open to the idea of wearing something made of cardboard.
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The Benefits of Cardboard Helmets
The concept is based on an invention first revealed at the 2011 London Cycle Show. Anirudha Surabhi designed the Kranium, a helmet for skaters that uses a different kind of liner.
The liner is paper or cardboard infused with a certain polymer that can boost water resistance. It is considered more environment-friendly than the typical foam liner. It is also lighter, which is perfect for skateboarders.
More importantly, the signature Kranium liner can absorb most of the impact. This time, it’s all about the liner’s effective structure, not softness.
The 10 Steps on How to Make a Skateboard Helmet
The simple DIY guide we’re going to show you can’t possibly surpass the quality of the Kranium. The brand observes a careful manufacturing process to meet safety standards.
But, we can give you a taste of what it’s like to wear a cardboard helmet. Besides, in the first place, you’re here to learn how to make a skateboard helmet from scratch.
- Get at least five measurements across your head (from front to back) with a tape measure based on how you visualize your skateboard helmet.
- Cut out two thick strips of cardboard for each measurement while making sure one end is pointy and has a gradual curve.
- Combine each pair by applying super glue at their pointy tips.
- Cut out small cardboard squares according to how wide or narrow the gaps should be.
- Glue the cardboard squares, especially on the other side of the tips.
- Cover the top openings with additional cardboard strips.
- Cover everything with papier-mâché (paper + glue + water).
- Spray paint the surfaces after the papier-mâché dries out.
- Attach the straps with strong adhesives or some tailoring techniques.
- Apply epoxy to strengthen the tiny gaps of the cardboard strips you combined.
You can’t expect to make good skateboard helmets right in the comforts of your own home. That requires high-grade equipment, tools, and materials. Fortunately, with the proven benefits of cardboard helmets thanks to Kranium’s success, you can make a skateboard helmet for simple training.
At the end of the day, it will always be safer to use actual skateboard helmets. The ones sold in authorized stores are guaranteed to have passed safety standards.
Spending more money on a helmet is ironically just a small price to pay to ensure you’re safe all the time as a skateboarder. You can make a skateboard helmet but for temporary purposes only.