Introduction: Easy DIY Latex Masks

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Another MonsterTutorials.com tutorial for this, and every Halloween!

This is the easy way to make latex masks at home. These are perfect for busts, props, or even to wear!

For really visually detailed instructions, please watch the video (it will open in a new tab)!

Materials
Head Form

Toilet Paper Acrylic Paints

Liquid Latex

Disposable Sponge Brushes

Baby powder

Step 1: Step 1: Layering the Form

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Using the sponge brush, blot some liquid latex onto the head form on the area where you want the mask to be. Blot about the size of a square of toilet paper.

Gently lay a square (no straight edges) on top of the area with the liquid latex and smooth using the sponge brush.

Continue this process making sure that the toilet paper squares overlap each other. When the whole mask area is covered, let the liquid latex dry thoroughly.

Repeat prior steps for at least 4 layers of liquid latex and toilet paper. Let dry completely.

Step 2: Step 2: Decorating Your Mask

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Using the acrylic paints, decorate your mask. See the video for some ideas. I made a peeled face skin mask and some sort of witch/dead person.

Step 3: Step 3: Finishing Touches

When your paint job is complete and dried, apply one more layer of liquid latex (with no toilet paper). This layer will dry clear and will protect your paint job. Let dry.
Generously powder the mask so it doesn't stick to itself using a brush and baby powder.

Step 4: Step 4: Peeling the Mask

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Carefully peel mask off the form making sure to use plenty of baby powder as you peel it off.

Cut some holes for the eyes, nostrils, mouth and ears (for safety).

And you are done! Woo hoo! Enjoy your mask. With this technique, you could easily make a half a dozen in a weekend! And make sure to subscribe to the official Monster Tutorials YouTube channel for more!

Comments

jHellion1031 (author)2016-10-09

Great instructable! Leatherface is spot on. I've seen others use cheese cloth to strengthen latex masks. Is this what the T.P is for, or is it more for texture?

Sudden_ (author)2016-09-29

What colors did you use for the woman mask's skin?

MonsterTutorials (author)Sudden_2016-09-30

Hi there,
I used a basic pink, with a tiny bit of yellow acrylic paint. Then I did the makeup with bright blue and dark pink and smeared it all over. Finally I just covered it in more liquid latex and that gives it the tan/yellowish tint all over.
I hope that helps!
Cheers,
ET

the dan of many trades (author)2016-09-24

The pretty woman '74 mask looks pretty accurate too, good job!

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-09-17

Very cool. Perfect for a Leatherface or a Buffalo Bill costume