Looking for something to wear for Halloween? I have created a mask you can download, print, and make in two different ways. Want to know the best part?
It's FREE! Whoopee!
Halloween is around the corner so I thought it would fun to designed a mask for everyone to create and wear.
Before you begin, watch this quick 60 sec video to see just how easy it is to assembly this mask!
Ready? To start, you first need to download the mask here:
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- Mask PDF download
- X-Acto Knife
- Cutting board
- Chipboard or thin piece of cardboard
- Hole puncher
- Skewer stick or string or rubber headband
Print the PDF of the mask on a heavy weight paper. For best results I would print on a special presentation paper from Staples, or any Home Office store. Here is one that will have a mat finish similar to the watercolor prints I reproduce: Epson Inkjet Presentation Paper. It's thin enough to run through any home office printer, but will also give you that pop of color I capture in my watercolors (so much more vibrant then printing on plain white paper).
Once printed you are ready to cut out all the pieces.
To cut out the eyes I suggest using an X-Acto knife.
In order to make the mask durable, I traced the mask onto a thin piece of chipboard. The chipboard can be any color. Mine just happens to be white on one side. If you don't have access to thin cardboard or poster board, then any heavy card stock will do.
Because of the thickness of the chipboard I found it's easier to cut out the mask with an X-Acto knife.
Assembly of Mask # 1
Now it's time to glue the feathers to the back of the mask similar to the way I have them displayed below. I used regular Elmer's glue, but any glue would do, including a hot glue gun.
Next, I glued the mask cut out from the chipboard to the back of the mask with the feathers.
This will secure the feathers in between the two layers, and will make the mask extra strong.
Lastly, it's time to tape the skewer to the back of the mask. I used several layers of tape to secure that it doesn't wiggle or break off. I also taped the pointy side to the back of the mask leaving the blunt side out for safety.
My daughter, Abby really liked this version of the mask, and claimed it as her own below:)
Assembly of Mask # 2
Just like in the assembly for the first mask, you need to glue the feather to the back of the mask similar to the way I have them laid out below. Then, you want to glue the chipboard to the back of this mask to once again make it strong and durable.
This mask is meant to be tied around your head, so you will need some string or yarn. I used one of my daughter's sport elastic headbands by cutting it in half. They are super strong and very stretchy!
Next, use a hole puncher to make holes about 3/4 inches in on the sides of the mask, and tie the string or rubber headband through the holes.
This mask was my youngest daughter, Lydia's favorite! The extra chipboard and sport elastic band has made this mask extra tough, which is important for surviving the wear and tear of a six year old! Lol.
I had a lot of fun taking photos of my girls as they played with their version of the mask! They may be the ones wearing the mask now, but it will be me wearing it for Halloween!
FYI: I made this mask with Halloween in mind, but I think it's a cool enough project to download, and make anytime of the year.
I hope you give this mask making DIY a try!
If so let me know how it goes. I would love to hear your feedback:)
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