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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.

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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Swift Serpent made it!27 days ago
I am going to paint it black! Thank you son much for posting this!
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Hi! I love the way you made the batman mask! I would like to ask how you made the eye shapes on your mask?
seamster (author)  Swift Serpent 1 month ago

Hey, glad you like this! I made this so long ago, that I actually don't remember any more details than what is already included here. Hopefully it's enough to get you going in the right direction though. Best of luck!

DylanA51 month ago

its taken me 45 mins and still not done... But it's coming along how did you create the bulk right above the eyes though ?

Thx

seamster (author)  DylanA51 month ago

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.

Cjeezy1231 month ago
Seamster, how do you fit the plastic bag on your head to a spot where eye holes can be created?
seamster (author)  Cjeezy1231 month ago
Hi! I didn't pull the bag down over my eyes. I just pulled it to about my eyebrows and then scrunched up all the extra bag material at the back of my head. Hope that helps!
malinmichelle made it!4 months ago
Thank you! This is how mine turned out, haha. I was in a hurry, but I'm pretty satisfied with the result. I used black spray paint.
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seamster (author)  malinmichelle4 months ago

Hey, nicely done! Did you make this mask with any special use in mind, or just for fun?

Either way, it looks pretty sharp! Thank you for sharing the photo. It's always fun to see people using my instructions, and it totally makes my day! :)

I made it for a costume party. People were impressed! Thanks again for sharing this post :)

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.gingerich6 months 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.

Hi
isaac117474 months ago
I need help
dbradshaw34 months ago

How long did it take to make the mask?

can the same method be used for a batgirl cowl?

seamster (author)  michael.graft.56 months ago
Most definitely! Are you going to make one? I'd love to see how it turns out!
bdimitrov7 months ago
this in mine
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Could I just ask how much ducktape did you use for the cowl and neck peace? Very nice btw ;)

seamster (author)  bdimitrov7 months ago

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

bdimitrov7 months 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.gingerich7 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!

TapeshwarS10 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)  TapeshwarS10 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.)

noonetheninja10 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)  noonetheninja10 months ago
Yes, they are made from pieces of cardboard.
noonetheninja10 months ago
Hey man, how did you get the head shape at the beginging
seamster (author)  noonetheninja10 months ago

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

Flash6710 months ago
That's so cool! I'm so going to try this! Thanks for sharing!
BeaH111 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. :)
skuppa3 years ago
well this is how mine turned out i still need to paint it
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