Tutorial: How to Make Halloween Masks

What You'll Need
Waterproof paint - acrylic
String or Elastic
Glitter and accessories

Be they scary or fun, halloween masks are the key factor that really make or break the costume. Having a mask that has nothing to do with the costume can confuse people and throw them off as to what you are trying to be. This is what sometimes happens when you buy a Halloween mask from the store.  It may have some of the features that you are looking for, but might not compliment the rest of your costume. Here are some easy steps that will guide you in making your own Halloween masks.

Step 1 – Designing the Mask

First off, start by taking a pencil and a piece of paper and sketch an idea of what you would like your final mask to look like. Make sure that you are happy with the sketch before you start making the actual mask. Take care when placing the eye-holes, as they are the feature that is the most important in any mask.

Step 2 – Shaping the Cardboard

Draw the final design onto a piece of cardboard using a pencil so that any mistakes can be easily corrected, making sure that all the features are in the right place. Now, this is where the fun actually begins.  Let your imagination run wild and try to copy the design you had sketched earlier. Take your time to arrange and redo things if necessary – Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Step 3 – Adding Color

Add some color to the mask by painting it in different tones and using darker colors to counteract as shadows to give some depth.  Keep in mind that it is a Halloween mask and not a carnival one, so stick to the darker more gory colors. Leave to dry, and add more coats of color if necessary.

Step 4 – Spice it Up

Depending on what costume the mask is for take some bits and bobs that you find around your house and spruce it up. You could use some gems, buttons, or even some fake feathers you bought from the craft store. Use a strong glue to stick them onto the cardboard.  Do not use items that are too heavy, as the mask will end up sliding off your face.

Step 5 – Perfect Fit

Take a piece of thin elastic, about 1cm wide, and hold it around your head to measure the circumference. Do this by placing the elastic where it would go when wearing the mask, i.e. around your head, above your ears and most probably across your eyes. Take a pair of scissors and cut the length of elastic needed.  Add two holes to the mask, where the elastic will be. Thread the elastic through and knot it firmly.  Repeat this on the other side. Be sure not to make it too tight as it will give you a headache, and not to loose as it will slide off your face.

Once finished, check that everything looks just as good when you are wearing the mask, again, take time to fix any parts that you may not be 100 percent happy with.  Enjoy wearing it out and making everyone think twice about who you are!