My goal is to get what I want for cheaper ,than settling for " It'll work ".  Then I love to show others how to do the same. 

I will walk you through how to make a mask but you can choose what it will be. There are many sites online that provide free printouts. You can modify the design how you wish. 

I also made a robot mask for my toddler, so the options are endless. For my toddlers mask I used a 2 liter bottle to form it for the forehead and then for the nose area I just taped a piece of cardboard to the bottle. Just something small enough to create a curve for the bridge of the nose. I followed all of the steps below (excluding step 2) and then glued aluminum foil to the outside.

Super cheap, durable, lightweight, custom and EASY!

Cost if you had to buy everything? around $3 -assuming you have a hairdryer, a hot glue gun and plastic wrap

** Mine is still in progress will post more pics later. Keep in mind this is my first mask ever. This one can come out a lot better with the magic that some of you crafters can do. **

Supplies needed:

White glue

Plenty of paper the color of your choosing I bought a pack of colored construction paper from the dollar store

A printout of the design you want 

Plastic wrap

Model or foam head

Hair Dryer

Hot glue gun

Elastic straps, elastic string, ribbon etc - you can find ribbon at the dollar store but I had to go to the craft store for the elastic

Old towel if using model 

Small paint brush for applying the glue

Embellishments or paint

Craft time: will vary I did mine in 4-5 hours not including drying time

Model time 10-20 mins

Step 1: Forming the Mask

Print and cut out your mask. then using the construction paper in the color of your choosing you need to cut out another mask. Use your printed mask as a template and cut the colored paper 1/2" larger than the template. Set colored cutout aside.

Now, you want to get some good music on and lay your model down on a towel.

Place the plastic wrap over half the face to the top of the upper lip

I only focused on getting the facial features right, not worrying about the sides of the mask at this point.

Position the mask on the model

Once I got a good coat of white glue around the eyes, nose and brows I started forming and folding where it was needed - focus on the bone shapes of the face - try to get a nice curve on the cheeks, brows, nose and forehead areas - Get your fingers in it so you can feel the bone shape of the face

Do one eye at a time, once you have it in the general shape you want, use the hair dryer to dry it in place. Do other side

This should only take about 10-20 mins so any teenager should be able to tolerate it. ;-)

Let it dry approx 30-1hr

** You do have to work the glue into the paper before it starts to be more soft and pliable. Once that happens it will be much easier to work with. Just keep brushing on coats until it starts to soften **

This mask is 100% Hideki Kamiya approved

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