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How to make your own jousting helmet


As we move into July we welcome another themed month for the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology: ‘Games, Leisure and Tourism’. Perhaps not totally coincidentally, this weekend we host our biggest event, Spectacular Jousting at Linlithgow Palace.

Jousting was a kind of sporting contest in which two knights on horseback charged towards each other armed with lances.


two knights in armour battle each other using lances while sitting on horseback


Jousting sessions were very popular in Scotland during the Middle Ages. Originally, it was a way of training knights for battle, and it was very violent. In the late Middle Ages it became an entertainment for the king and his court, with special rules and a scoring system.

To help you defend yourself against your opponent during a jousting tournament we thought we would share how to make your own jousting helmet.


Knight in helmet and chain mail scowls at the camera as he brandishes a sword


Materials required:

  • Computer & printer
  • Silver A4 card or paper and cereal box
  • Glue (optional)
  • 60 x 5 cm strip of card
  • Scissors
  • 2 brass paper fasteners
  • Hole punch
  • Tape


  1. Print out this template onto silver card. Or print onto paper, then glue onto card such as a cereal box.
  2. Fold the A4 card in half down the dotted line, with the design on the outside. Keep it folded in half for steps 4–7.
  3. Cut off the rounded corners.
  4. Cut out the rectangular eye hole.
  5. Use a hole punch to cut out the 2 black dots.
  6. Use a hole punch again to make some breathing holes.
  7. Make a headband by joining the strip of card into a circle with tape. Punch 2 holes in it, 22cm apart.
  8. Attach your visor to your headband by threading the brass paper fasteners through the holes.


Now you’re ready for battle! We hope you enjoy making your own helmet – make sure and share your images with us by tagging @welovehistory and using #GetTheBug on Twitter. 


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Olivia Devine

Olivia Devine is one of our marketing executives working mainly with Edinburgh Castle and the properties in the North.

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