Believable Mask From Tin Foil & Tape
By WikiHow.com Members
An excellent mask can be made using
products found easily at home: tin foil and tape. This is a straightforward
project that is ideal for last-minute mask-making before the masked ball or any
fancy dress do. Just see Step 1 below to get started.
Overlap three sheets of aluminum foil in a stack.
Push the stack of sheets onto your
face. Push down as hard as you are comfortable pushing. Do it
carefully, so the foil does not become punctured. (It might be useful to have a
helper do this part.)
Check you have the general outline
of your face imprinted: nose, lips, corners of your eyes
and cheekbones. Use a marker and trace around your eyes (it might be good to follow
the bones around your eye socket) for where you want to place the eye holes in
your mask. Also, trace around anything else you want cut out. (Breathing holes
are useful for breathing!)you might also want to cut a hole for talking too.
Carefully remove the foil from your
face. Cut with sharp scissors around the edges of the mask. And
note––once you cut it, you can't really go back easily, so leave
Carefully cut out the eyes. Do this either by puncturing the foil
with a toothpick and tearing the foil out, or snipping in the center of the
area with the tip of scissors and folding the foil back.
Cut holes or slots in the side of
your mask. These are for the ribbons/cord/shoelaces to attach the mask to
Cut small sections of tape. While pressing the mask to your
face to keep the features strong, gently place the tape onto your mask. When
you feel the mask's features are firm enough, place all the sections of tape,
overlapping, across all visible places of foil, including the back (foil is
itchy next to the skin).
Tie the cord to the holes in the
side of your mask. Leave enough length to both wrap
around your head, and to tie in a nice knot or bow.
Optional: Use plaster or papier mache to smooth the surface of the mask.
Decorate using acrylic paints. Paint whatever you want, making
sure to leave it to dry out of the way of children or pets. You can even
sprinkle glitter on the paint while it's wet if you
like. Adding sequins, feathers, beads, etc. can enhance the mask.
Use less foil to make a clearer
imprint of your face.
To make the mask look better, add a
layer of white paint before the main coat, even if you're making it white.
Acrylic paint dries fast. A little bit of paint goes
a long way, so use sparingly and put the caps back on the paint tubes when
If in a rush and painting, turn on
the heater and place the mask in front of it to dry (but not when using packing
tape, as it will peel right off).
The good news is that even when
covered in tape, foil retains its flexibility, so any features lost in the
taping process will still conform to your face when you wear the mask.
If you want to add on any features
(horns, a pointed nose, antlers), just mold them out of foil and tape or glue
them onto the mask.
Use packing tape if you want your mask to look crinkly
Things You'll Need
Really sticky, firm tape
Aluminum foil (aka kitchen foil)
Scissors sharp enough to cut foil and your tape
Ribbon or string
Glue (if you don't trust your tape)
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