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Super easy vikings helmets to make using Gum Paste for a fun How To Train Your Dragon Birthday Party!

By Nikki Wills

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Satin Ice gum paste - colored brown, gray, black
  • Olive oil
  • Circle cutters
  • Scissors
  • Small rolling pin
  • Edible glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Open star icing tip
  • Nonpareils
  • Needle-nose pliers

Let's Get Started:

  • Here's the secret: Easter eggs! They made the perfect mold for various shapes and sizes of Viking helmets.


  • Start by coloring some gum paste. For most of my helmets, I used light grey, darker grey, and brown.


  • Spray the Easter egg halves lightly with olive oil, so they won't stick to the gum paste as the helmets dry. Use a circle cutter to cut out a thick piece of light grey.


  • Drape the circle of gum paste over the oiled Easter egg forms, and gently stretch the gum paste down - working out the folds and ripples. (This is why we used a thicker piece of gum paste). You'll end up with a piece of gum paste that hugs the contours of the Easter egg, but is too long. It looks like a little grey ghost at this point.


  • Remedy with a pair of scissors or a sharp paring knife!


  • Trim away the excess material, and be sure that your gum paste isn't overlapping the edge of the plastic egg. We want to be able to remove the form later without cracking the helmet.


  • Roll out the darker grey gum paste, and cut thin strips for the metal banding over the top of the helmet and around the brim. Glue the darker strips to the helmet base using a little bit of vodka.


  • Use the wrong end of a paintbrush to create divots for the silver nonpareils.


  • Make horns for the helmets in various fun shapes and sizes, and let dry slightly as you're working on the basic helmets.


  • Fur accents are easily created by rolling a snake of brown gum paste, then using an open star icing tip to create the fur texture. Stick the points of the star tip into the gum paste, and then twist the tip a bit as you pull it out. Poke, twist, poke, twist, again and again until you get the look you want.
  • Glue nonpareiels in the divots, and glue the horns to the sides of the helmets (I needed to give the horns a little support by propping them against small cans and bottles until they dried). Let dry overnight.


  • After letting the helmets dry at least overnight, carefully use a pair of needle-nose pliers to grab on to the Easter egg, and gently pull the form out of the gum paste viking helmet.


  • Be careful, because the gum paste, having been shielded from the air by the Easter egg, won't be completely dry!


  • Once the forms have been removed, let the helmets completely, at least for a day. I put mine on a cooling rack to help air have access to the softer under-sides of the helmets.


  • Once the helmets are dry, it's an easy thing to add them to the top of your favorite cupcake, whether that's homemade or store-bought. Enjoy!

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