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Turning my Papercraft Skull into a mask was something that was pretty obvious. So here it is:
My Papercraft Skull-Mask!

You can leave it white as it is and be a reaper or use it as a base to draw a Día de Muertos Mask. Or both, or...

Step 1: The Template

You start with this template. Print out the PDF, it's 3 A4 Pages.

Alternatively you can use a plotter/personal cutter to cut out the pieces with the SVGs.

Either way, you'll end up with a bunch of pieces that have to be glued together.

Step 2: Score-lines

All the parts have score-lines that have to be folded either up or down. The skull is built inside out, so that you won't see the print on the outside. So most lines have to be folded up. The skull is basically a ball with convex folds.

Only the lines that have to be folded down are marked with red.

Score and/or fold all the lines before you continue.

Step 3: Locate the Right Parts

I labeled all parts with a name and used two symbols to mark where to align the parts to be glued.

Circles mark self connecting faces of a part. If a part has two circles, these two go together. I start with those. Check all parts and see if there are circles on it - if so, glue them together.

Squares mark where two different parts go together. They are each marked with the name of the part they connect to.

Step 4: Step by Step

Start with the nose and eyes. Then add cheeks and temples.

When you've added the skull caps you might want to stop here without the lower jaws.

For the full mask, add the remaining parts.

Step 5: Reinforcing the Mounting-holes

Before you put a string or rubber-band to the mask it is a good idea to reinforce the part where the hole will go.

Take a piece of scrap paper, fold it and glue it together. Then cut out a triangle roughly the size of the triangle you want to put the hole in.

Then take a hole-punch to make the hole for your mask.

tie in a string or rubber-band and have fun. Either wear it as it is or use your imagination to draw or paint on it.

Have fun!

<p>Thanks for this! We managed to figure out the model and built the mask out of paper as a prototype. For Halloween this year, we scaled up the model and created a 4.5 foot tall skull that I then altered to allow for projection mapping. Thanks for a great resource. Many who were at the gig I built this for said the effect was quite beautiful.</p>
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<p>Thank you for sharing! I upsized the mask using a projector and ended up with a groovy mask. Mahalo!</p>
<p>excellent!!! thanks a lot</p><p>The paint bleed a little.. but the mask was a sensation :) </p>
<p>WOW, thanks for sharing. They turned out great.</p>
<p>So....there are teal lines and bright blue lines. Which are the valleys and which are the mountain folds? </p>
do you mind to teach me how to make the templete of animal shape such as grizzle or t rex maybe fox
<p>Take a look at my other instructable:</p><p>https://www.instructables.com/id/Create-faceted-paper-objects</p>
<p>No pdo ?</p>
<p>No PDO. ;)</p>
<p>I downloaded the pdf, but there are no red lines. Can anyone help me?</p>
<p>I must have changed the colors somewhere along the design process.<br>What is red on the photos is blue on the PDF, sorry for that.</p>
<p>can you/someone tell me how to make it in a it more descriptive how to please.</p>
<p>Where does the instructable become unclear? I've tried to make it descriptive, where does it need to be more precise?</p>
<p>im just a little confused on all of the folds. as in what way to fold unless i missed something</p>
<p>In step 2 I have pictures that show how to fold the two different lines.</p>
<p>I love this idea. Amazing job. My daughter wants to be a sugar skull for Halloween. We bought some temporary tattoos, for it. Now, that I seen this, I think I am going to make one for her and maybe use paper mache or mod podge to make it more permanent, so maybe she can hang it on her bedroom wall after. Anyone, have any suggestions.</p>
<p>Paper mache should work well. Just make sure not to soak the mask too much, it will warp then. work in layers and you'll be fine.</p>
Awesome work! I tried this today with an old shoe box (I had no suitable cardstock on hand), and I think it turned out pretty well. Great template; I could follow it pretty intuitively without even reading the text!
Oh, and I patched up the nose hole; I didn't like my nose showing through when wearing it. ;P
<p>you could put some black makeup on it ;)</p>
<p>That's what I'd call awesome recycling. Scary shoe box you have there.<br>Glad to see it turned out so well.</p>
Amazing work. Love when the coolest projects come from the least amount of materials!
<p>Three sheets of paper, some glue is all you need. :D</p>
<p>Would U please upload them in letter size?</p>
<p>Amazing...</p>
<p>I hope lots of people make them and post photos of them, especially the painted ones.</p>
<p>Is it really for A4 paper size and need choose fit options on print? Because pdf files is for A3 page size, 11.69 * 16.54 in.</p>
<p>Yes they are meant to be printed on A4. </p><p>I've updated the PDFs. They should work fine now.</p>
<p>This is great! And a special thank you for sharing the pattern, too!</p>
<p>Wouldn't be complete without the pattern, wouldn't it?</p>

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