Creating a freaky looking troll is as simple as mixing flour and water! Trolls are strange creatures that tend to lurk in the darkness.
This troll mask, pictured left, took about 4 hours in all to create, from start to finish, including drying time. Generally, trolls feature large noses and rather large ears. They are often large, brutish and have wild hair.
- Acrylic Paints
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.
In this case, we decided that since the kids had nothing better to do, they could wear the tin foil (with holes cut out at the nose
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.
Create forms of large shaped chins or noses (or both!) Fill the form with something solid (in this case we used a balled up plasticwalmart bag). Continue making layers to create a chin
Bake at 200F for 15-25 minutes, checking periodically for dryness. The more layers, the longer it will take to dry properly
Remove from oven, lightly soften the edges of the nose & chin and attach to the mask.
Now that the mask is fully together and very nearly dry, it’s time to cut out the eye holes, around the teeth and the nostrils.
Here is the mask, ready to be painted.
Depending on what kind of creature you want to be, choose a base coat color ofspraypaint. Let it dry.
Paint the mask as desired using various acrylic craft paints.
Add various touches as desired, here you can see we added troll boogers (Spiral Spinach Rotini worked well) They’re attached with string and hot glued in the nostril)
Attach a strap to hold the mask on. In thiscase, I am using a piece of black braided elastic. Measure yourchildshead for the correct size, keep in mind the elastic band has some give.
Apply a clear coat of Fast Drying Acrylic Finish Spray or decoupage glue, allow to dry 15 minutes.
What to Wear:
Dark Clothing, if you have a small pillow you could add a hunchback or a paunchy stomach. Mythologically speaking, trolls are known to be afraid of Iron, so choose your weapon accessories carefully.
Our troll is based off the Norway Trolls known as a Jaette Troll, a giant-sized troll known to live in caves in mountains and avoid sunlight at all costs. (Legend has it that trolls would turn to stone if exposed to sunlight).
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