Introduction: "Ghillied Up" Make Your Own Ghillie Paintball Mask

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My first instructable, how to make a beastly paintball mask with household items. Its very simple, yet quite effective and battle tested. Tell me how I did! :)

Step 1: Teh Stuf U Need.

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*1* Paintball mask (one with a visor)

*2* Cotton string

*3* Scissors

*4* Packers or masking tape

*5* Spray paint (duplicolor works best)

Step 2: Stringin' the Mask

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Cut about 30 pieces of 5" and 10" of the string. Take the string and tie it in a simple knot. Take the tips of the string and unravel it. In about an hour, it should look something like the last picture.

Step 3: Tape That Sucker Up!

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Basically, tape the lens on the front and back, doesn't have to be perfect, but if you paint the lens your screwed. And also, be sure to tape the foam inside.

Step 4: Time to Paint That Baby.

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Its time to whip out that spray paint, Green and black.Try to get a woodsy look by always moving your hand.
  • The paint makes the string hold better than dye*

Step 5: Try It on and Get in Battle.

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Get off that chair and get into the woods. (or just wait at your friends stairs) Either way you will love your new Ghillie Mask*

*Ghillie mask and all that use it are considered registered trademarks of MrAngryPants. aka I OWN U*


connerward (author)2015-01-29

Made it! But instead of using spray paint i dyed it a much darker OD

naceves (author)2013-07-21

Great mask! Tip : try using the dye and then put it on the mask

th3_v1k1ng (author)2010-12-11

why not use fabric dye on the string before putting it on?

Thats what you do when making a decent ghillie/ghilly suit.

the_burrito_master (author)2010-12-09

I think I've got the same gun as you, can i get a side view?

Love the ghillie.

never mind looked at another one of our ibles, it's not the same but it's almost the same.

CyborgGold (author)2009-11-18

The lens comes off too.... might be easier....

SKULLRAGE (author)2008-10-03

oh thnx for the guide here wat i came wid :


After: ,

and the problem i have now is on top of my head, i don't have any cover in it , so any ideas how to i cover that?

oh all of my teammate was so surprised when i show it to them, they call me david jones ( from pirates of the Caribbean Movie )

MrAngryPants (author)SKULLRAGE2008-10-03

Thats a nice helmet. I would take a knife and run it through the thick strands to break them up more. ill add new pic of mine soon, i recolored it,

SKULLRAGE (author)MrAngryPants2008-10-04

hehe thnx :D hmm, maybe i should do that but how about on top of my head , should i put a netting and put the same cotton string?

MrAngryPants (author)SKULLRAGE2009-02-06

Oh yea, skull, paintball season is just getting underway down here in Louisiana so i am working on a ghillie/hat/thing to wear on my head. looks sorta like a white wig right now. expect instructable by this coming tuesday. :P P.S.: Ghillie is getting boring. any suggestions? should i try like pneumatic cannons or flamethrowers or something?

mg0930mg (author)MrAngryPants2009-08-24

Where's this i'ble? ;)

MrAngryPants (author)mg0930mg2009-08-24

Hehehe. Time slips by. when i get the chance i shall post it. :D

mg0930mg (author)MrAngryPants2009-08-25

Oh, cool. Did you finish the actual item yet?

MrAngryPants (author)mg0930mg2009-08-25

well...... Not exactly..... I was like halfway through with it when i got an AWESOME deal on ebay for a full suit.. Might post my hat-wig-ghillie-thing, but ive been wanting to make a flamethrower build for a while XD

mg0930mg (author)MrAngryPants2009-08-25

Do the flamethrower instead. ;)

MrAngryPants (author)mg0930mg2009-10-06

Whoooo lordy. Been a while but im working on the flamethrower. Only problem is I cant find the valve at any of the hardware stores nearby. (Its a solenoid I saw a few months back. Somewhere near 1/2 inch or so.) ****DELAY ON FLAMETHROWER******** If i cannot find a solenoid that fits by october 15, i will do some kind of halloween 'ible or somthing. I hate postponing.

mg0930mg (author)MrAngryPants2009-10-07


MrAngryPants (author)mg0930mg2009-10-12

Yeah... That Halloween instructable might not happen... My dog has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes... This week hasn't been very... productive...

mg0930mg (author)MrAngryPants2009-10-14

That's reasonable, I wish you all the luck.

MrAngryPants (author)mg0930mg2009-10-15

Yeah. hes been doing better. Insulin twice a day.

MrAngryPants (author)mg0930mg2009-10-08

Haha. :D

SKULLRAGE (author)MrAngryPants2009-02-09

is it cold over there or hot? u should try flamethrower if its hot

MrAngryPants (author)SKULLRAGE2009-02-10

ok. and yea. pretty warm down here.

MrAngryPants (author)SKULLRAGE2008-10-04

I never got around to doing that since i like to hide in foxholes, but if you run around or crouch-walk, netting on the back would help.

SKULLRAGE (author)MrAngryPants2008-10-08

ohk but wats that on top of ur head?

MrAngryPants (author)SKULLRAGE2008-10-10

Its a camouflage hat that i took a knife to. What i did is i cut into the fabric on the top of the hat but i left a small piece of the cloth still attached so i looks kinda like a plant or something.

mg0930mg (author)SKULLRAGE2008-11-26

Use an old baeball cap put it on backwards, and cover it with the string the same way with the mask. =D

hobzez (author)2009-06-23

couldn't you put the string on a rag or blanket or any type of cloth and just use that, that way its easier to put on and off?

MrAngryPants (author)hobzez2009-06-24

you COULD do that, but i use this for paintball so there's not a reason for me to make the mask and the ghillie separate.

SKULLRAGE (author)2008-09-20

or u can use a old map :D....thats ok right?

SKULLRAGE (author)SKULLRAGE2008-09-22

i mean mop, a old mop

JmanSk8tr (author)SKULLRAGE2009-04-27

that would probably be better if you think about it cuz its thicker.

86DaNDaMaN86 (author)2009-03-22

pretty good..heres mine....the one has a built in hat wich im still putting string on..and the other one is my first one with a liter color to it

Very good work. Never thought of putting in a permanent hat.

MrAngryPants (author)2009-02-07

If i painted the string first then the mask would be flat black and i wanted it camouflage in the first place.

MrAngryPants (author)2009-02-06

Because some masks have goggles that cannot be removed. These happen to be a retired pair of goggles and are quite old (5 years or so). Not sure if they made remove-able pairs back then, but it doesn't matter; The tape i used left no residue and kept the goggles nice and clean.

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2008-06-23

What a coincidence! I just finished mine yesterday!

mg0930mg (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-12-29


Here's the full suit. I'm wearing the old mask in the pictures.

SKULLRAGE (author)2008-09-20

is it okay jst paint the string first before u tie them in the mask?

MrAngryPants (author)SKULLRAGE2008-09-20

You can do that but i think it looks better if you paint stripes while its in the mask

SKULLRAGE (author)MrAngryPants2008-09-22

ohk, cuz i already paint my mask and im wondering it might mess up the mask if i spray paint the cotton strings wid the mask

Moose707 (author)2008-07-24

yeah i was thinking that u need colors closer to splintercells pic than the light green ur using but good idea anywho

pdonket (author)2008-06-24

*the following comment is only trying to be constructive* Your only problem is that there is still a ton of black showing on the mask, also to avoid painting the lens many masks allow you to simply pop it out of the mask, then you only have to tape the foam pads on the inside. I think you'd possibly be better off using a tan, and light and dark green on the mask before adding the threads, then add in the thread and paint those. In addition, another good piece to add in would be a camo lens cover that lets you see out but cannot be seen back though.

MrAngryPants (author)pdonket2008-06-24

Thks, I thought about buying a lens cover but the hobby store was out.

PineapplebobTheGreat (author)2008-06-23

Nice! Please check out my mask by clicking...


reedz (author)2008-06-23

This is pretty sweet, but I would recommend taping up the clear plastic just in case you get overspray.

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Bio: Creative 125 year old who spends his extra time making things. Sucks how I don't document everything I build.
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