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Here's a Dark Knight version batman mask made of mostly duct tape. It was made to enter in a county fair "duct tape creations" contest. It won $15 dollars.

It's fairly rough, but maybe it'll inspire somebody.
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Step 1: Custom fit for your head

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To start, I laid out lots of strips of duct tape on my cutting mat, and sliced them into various sized smaller strips. Using a plastic grocery bag to protect my head, I started putting tape all over my head to get my personal head-shape. I trimmed off extra plastic as I went. My head was sweating like crazy, as plastic and duct tape don't breath very well...

Step 2: The lucha libre mask phase

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Added strips of tape to cover nose and cheeks, leaving eye holes.

Step 3: Nose piece

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I used a sharpie to draw on the mask (while it was still on) where to cut out to make room for a nose piece. This was made through trial and error with triangular pieces of cardboard folded down the middle until I got one that fit comfortably over my nose. Another triangular piece was taped across the bottom to make it rigid. Then the nose piece was taped into place.

Step 4: Let the shaping begin

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Once the nose piece was in place, I stuffed the entire thing full of wadded grocery bags and put a few pieces of tape across the chin area to keep the whole thing in a solid, head shape.

At this point I had to just sculpt till I had results I could live with. I used wadded newspaper wrapped in masking tape to get the shapes I needed, and then taped them on. Using a snap-blade style utility knife with a sharp blade fully extended, I trimmed off extra bulk as needed.

I had to put about a six-inch slice in the back of the mask to get it on and off.

The antennae were made of cardboard with newspaper on the inside to add bulk.
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How much Duct Tape did you use to make the mask? I may have close to 50 to 100 teens making these for summer reading.

seamster (author)  kiley.gingerich26 days ago

Eesh... I don't remember! : \

But I'd guess if you had about 10 - 15 yards available per person, you'd be more than okay.

can the same method be used for a batgirl cowl?

seamster (author)  michael.graft.51 month ago
Most definitely! Are you going to make one? I'd love to see how it turns out!
bdimitrov1 month ago
this in mine

Could I just ask how much ducktape did you use for the cowl and neck peace? Very nice btw ;)

seamster (author)  bdimitrov1 month ago

Ooh, nice! That looks like it turned out excellent. Thank you for sharing your photos!

bdimitrov1 month ago
that was very cool

Dear Seamster,

You have made my day. I can not wait to try this craft out. I am a Teen Librarian and a large majority of the teens that I work with, love Batman. I will also have to try this with Magneto from the X-MEN Comics. (He's my Favorite Mutant!!) or Ironman.

seamster (author)  kiley.gingerich2 months ago

Awesome! That sounds like loads of fun. Be sure to snap some photos along the way. I'd love to see how they all turn out!

TapeshwarS5 months ago

LOVE the mask, I'm going to make my own soon enough. One question that's been bugging me, is the grocery bag that you used a small type or a normal sized bag because I'm not sure if those are the handle's of the bag on your ears in Step 1? And did you put the excess grocery bag pieces to cover the bottom sides of your face in between Step's 2 and 3?

seamster (author)  TapeshwarS5 months ago

It's a regular sized grocery bag, but those are not the handles hanging down. The bag was just kind of smooshed and pressed where needed to compact it close against my head (there were tons of folds and wrinkles in the bag, but the tape goes on smooth cover all of this.)

noonetheninja5 months ago
And how did you do the ears, did you just get a piece of cardboard that's shaped like batman a ears?
seamster (author)  noonetheninja5 months ago
Yes, they are made from pieces of cardboard.
noonetheninja5 months ago
Hey man, how did you get the head shape at the beginging
seamster (author)  noonetheninja5 months ago

Hi. See step two. I built up tape on my own fat head, over a plastic bag.

Flash675 months ago
That's so cool! I'm so going to try this! Thanks for sharing!
BeaH16 months ago

You're my new hero. 8 year old grandson want to be Batman, costume in store is $50. Duct tape is cheap. You rock!

could you make aspiderman one. im 14 but i still love spiderman ive been a huge fan since i was 2, i would love if youmade a spiderman maske

Need a duct tape maniquin its easy for storage check out stealths page on YouTube on making a duct tape dummy
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this is a really great instructable i made one when i was in fourth grade but i lost it hopefully i can make a better one soon thanxs so much
Well, I've decided to be Batman for Halloween instead of Cap'n A. So I was wondering if you knew of a way to make the part of the cowl that covered the neck and part of the chest, I just don't want my neck showing. Thanks!
yeah me too.
seamster (author)  Duct Crossing2 years ago
Ah, that might be tricky. You could create some sort of covering made of cardboard or craft foam pieces glued together to fit the way you like, and then cover it with duct tape to match the cowl, or paint it. I'd look at some of the other batman costumes on this site for ideas. I haven't really looked at them too closely. However you do it, good luck!
randomdude22 years ago
made one I will post a pic later I love the instuctible I am 10 years old and made it with my dad . great idea so glad I found it
yeah me too except i made it by myself. :)
skuppa2 years ago
well this is how mine turned out i still need to paint it
tseay skuppa1 year ago
Ooooooo I like it, it seems smoother. Make sure you use mat back to paint because it give a better more realistic finish, remember batman's stuff is all flat black the non reflective, it will hid the wrinkles and gaps. Remember duct tape stretches so use that property to get the effect that you want. Very nice will you make one for me? :)
how did you make his ears
seamster (author)  skuppa2 years ago
Nice. I hope you wear it to the movie!
:D this is great :3 thanks!
MattDupre1 year ago
Just finished. I think I could've done it better. I did something a little different with the antenna things.
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cdog5571 year ago
It works great in black I scared my lil brother.
you did a great job on this! keep up th great work!
buddy2321 year ago
It was so cool I made a camouflage version
Stealth mode
buddy2321 year ago
Dude it was so cool ... I made a camouflage version
Really cool! im going to try and turn my iron man mask into a helmet somewhat like that
Very nice piece. I started with black duct-tape. I think I might do another one but make it like the zebra-Batman they did in the comics.

Thanks again,

mstoriag2 years ago
I'm having a really hard time making it look right for the nose. every time i make the triangle it seems like it is too big. any advice?
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