Last Minute Halloween Mask Ideas
This idea came to me yesterday out of the blue while racking my brain on how to best create a Jason Costume for my 10 year old son. This easy last minute idea could be used for numerous designs including:
Newspaper, torn into even strips
Paints- depending on what kind of mask you're making
Takes about an Hour.
Tear Off a Sheet of tinfoil and fold it in Half to make it thick & Sturdy. Place the tinfoil over the face of the person you are making the mask for. (Do this rather quickly so they don't suffocate!!)
Carefully Form the tinfoil over ALL of the features, paying close attention to the nose and eyes and ears (if desired). Gently Remove from Face.
Preheat the oven to 200 F
In a small bowl mix 1/2 c. flour & 1/2 c. warm water, stir until smooth.
Dip the strips of newspaper into the paste and remove excess paste from the strip by running it between your fingers. Apply the strip to the tinfoil horizontally. Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles in each strip before continuing.
Continue applying until the form has 2-4 complete layers.
Bake at 200F for 15-25 minutes, checking periodically for dryness. The more layers, the longer it will take to dry properly.
Remove mask from oven, let cool 5 minutes.
In the mouth area, regardless of what type of creature you are creating, you need
to poke several holes for breathing. I've found that a nail works Quite well for this . Poke out holes in the nostrils as well.
Depending on what kind of creature you want to be, choose a base coat color of spraypaint. In this particular case, my son wants to be JASON from the Friday the 13th Movies. As you can see, I've sprayed his mask White.
Let Dry. (I'm using cheap walmart paint that is .94 a can, it took 4 minutes to completely dry.
Carefully cut out the eye holes, be sure that they are large enough that the child can see out the corners of their eyes, for safety reasons Apply additional colors as needed to make your mask look like the desired character. Acrylic Craft paints dry very quickly!
Once dry, Apply a coat of decoupage glue to the inside, or spray with clear acrylic spray. Keep in mind, if you are spraying the acrylic spray inside the mask to seal it, you will need to allow time for it to air out, otherwise your child will be breathing in Fumes!!!
Attach a strap to hold the mask on. In this case I am using a piece of black braided elastic. Measure your childs head for the correct size, keep in mind the elastic band has some give.
The elastic can be attached by making holes with a paper punch or nail and tying a knot. In this case, because Jason Mask was a Hockey mask and had metal buttons on it, I am using easy fasten replacement buttons that I had lying around in a sewing drawer.
Apply a clear coat of Fast Drying Acrylic Finish Spray or decoupage glue, allow to dry 15 minutes.
In the meantime, go through mom & dad's closet and take clothes they should have donated years ago, Parents' clothes make GREAT Halloween costumes! Just ask my kids!
A few tips:
- To make a witch, create a tin foil form of a crooked chin and long nose and apply to face before making tin foil form.
- If you are creating a Jason mask and do not have additional paint colors, you can apply grease around the eyeholes and simply toss dirt on the mask, (shake well before wearing) to apply a "dirty coating". Lipstick works well in a pinch for a red streak across the forehead and below the eyes.
If you plan on keeping your mask long term I recommend adding 1 T. of salt to your flour/water paste. This will help prevent MOLD from growing on your mask.
- Do not skip the step of sealing the inside of the mask. The reason for this process is because your child will sweat while wearing the mask and the sealer stabilizes it.