Gorilla Tape Gorilla Mask





Introduction: Gorilla Tape Gorilla Mask

About: I got an old sewing machine when I was just a kid, and I've been hooked on making stuff ever since. My name is Sam and I'm a community manager here at Instructables.

I've always wanted a gorilla mask to scare the trick-or-treaters on Halloween.  So this year I decided to make one.  And it only seemed natural to make a gorilla mask using Gorilla Tape.

This was a great project to put to use an old helmet and some black fake fur I had picked up at thrift store a while ago.  Along with Gorilla Tape, I also used newspaper, cardboard, masking tape, glue, and a few little things I had lying around.

I was going for a dorky, somewhat goofy gorilla look.  I was happy with how it turned out.

Step 1: Helmet Base

I found this strange glow-in-the-dark helmet at a thrift store for $2.  I had been looking for something to do with it for quite a while.

It made a perfect base to build my gorilla mask on.

Step 2: Eye Holes

A pair of old sunglasses were attached to the helmet with strips of masking tape to ensure perfect eye-hole placement. 

Cardboard was added underneath along with some wire to create an open space for my nose. 

Lots of masking tape was added all around the glasses to secure them in place, then the side ear pieces of the glasses were removed.

Step 3: Cardboard Understructure

Pieces of cardboard were glued and taped underneath the eye holes to create an understructure onto which I could build up the gorilla face.

Step 4: Rough Sculpting

Small, squished wads of newspaper were added with masking tape to build up different parts of the face.  

I didn't spend too much time worrying about details at this point--I just wanted to get some mass onto the face that I could work with and modify.

Step 5: Adding Details

Once a rough sculpture was in place, I could focus on creating details by adding or taking away as needed. 

I added tape around the eye holes to make them smaller and worked on the brow and nose areas. 

The wrinkles above the nose are thin rolls of wadded newspaper wrapped in tape, then taped in place.

Step 6: More Details

Here's a detail of a sculpted chunk of newspaper and tape ready to became part of the gorilla's chin.

Step 7: Finished Face

After many modifications and adjustments I was happy with what I had.

Step 8: Cover Gorilla Face With Gorilla Tape

In order to neatly cover the face with Gorilla Tape, I laid out strips of tape onto my cutting mat and sliced them into small cross-ways strips. 

Narrow strips (about 1/4" or so) were used for the more difficult areas like the eyes, nose, and mouth.

Step 9: Mouth Details

All of theses pieces were hot glued in place.

The teeth are pieces of dowel that I carved with a utility knife and painted white.

The tongue is made from some scrap fleece.  I sewed two rectangles together, curving one end for the rounded tip of the tongue, and left the other end open.  This was turned right-side-out, and a line of stitches was added down the middle.

The black backing in the mouth is also just a bit of scrap material.

Step 10: Fur

The fake fur I used to create a hood over the helmet was originally the lining out of an old hunting rifle bag that I bought at a thrift store for $2.  That's a good deal for nice fake fur.

I drew and cut out where I thought a good place would be for the gorilla's face to come through the fur. 

I draped the fur over the helmet, fitting the gorilla face in the hole I had cut out.  I trimmed away more of the opening as needed, and glued the edges in place around the gorilla's face, working from top to bottom.

The excess fur was pulled back and glued neatly in place, and all the extra was trimmed off.

Step 11: Final Details

Ears were made with tape and newspaper, covered in Gorilla Tape, and glued in place.

Bits of wild-looking fake fur were added around the face with hot glue to finish it off.



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    44 Discussions

    Ok well I started this today and I've gotten most of the face done. I did this on an old bike helmet in hopes that I could ride with it on. When I showed it to my mom she said it was " disturbing". Thanks this is gonna be a fun project

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    Nice! Post a photo of it here when you're done, okay? I'd love to see how it turns out.

    I'm thinking about making this could I get a template of the pieces if you could make one please

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    I don't have a template for this. This was basically a sculpture that was made on the fly, by trial and error.

    But you can do it. Just start cutting and taping and make changes along the way until it looks the way you want it. Good luck!

    I'm currently making a (very different) mask using similar methods, but the edges of the tape on the inside keep sticking to my face! Do you have any suggestions? I'm going to be papier machéing the outside, but I don't think that'll be very comfortable against my skin :/

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    Hmm. I would create some sort of liner. You could hot glue in some soft fabric (like polar fleece), or even craft foam to areas that touch your face. I think either one of those would make it a little more comfy. I'm curious what you decide, so let me know how it goes. Good luck!

    just out of curiosity, why don't you just spray paint the face instead of using Gorilla Tape??

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    Because this had never been done.

    Plus, "Spray Paint Gorilla Mask" is just not very cool.

    Nice! You even went with the uneven eyebrow-scowl. I'm impressed! Thanks for posting the photo!

    It took me and my cousin 9 hours to make the mask but, it comes out nice.

    Can you make the instructions a little easier to understand because i had trouble following the instructions?

    Also how did you make all the details exact because my cousin and I tried to scuplt the details but, we couldn't get all the details perfectly?

    This was a nice mask for my science project but, i strayed a little from the instructions. I was happy how it came out and it looked like a real gorilla and by how the mask looks i know i'll get an A+ for my mask. Once again i'm happy how the mask came out and the instructions were a little hard to follow but, i strayed from the instructions. It sill came out nice and real looking.

    This is incredible! The next time I buy some weird, random thing at the thrift store, I'm directing my husband to this instructable. Just awesome!

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    Thanks! Glad I could help.

    I've found that the trick to successfully convincing my wife that it's okay to collect junk is to occasionally make something cool out of it. This helps her remember that I'm not one of those crazy hoarder people!