Introduction: Guy Fawkes Mask in Origami

Here I show you how to fold a Guy Fawkes mask, like the one worn by V in "V for Vendetta". You will need 2 things:

1) A square of paper, black on one side, white on the other
2) Intermediate origami skill. I won't be covering that here. I recommend Stephen O'Hanlon's online primer:

I apologize for the crude hand-drawn figures. Since I vowed to submit the design while it was still in vogue, I needed to work at such a velocity that the validity of the proportions of this handmade "vector art" and the veracity of its virtual scale are vague.

Video: (Part 1) (Part 2)

larger pics of the diagrams can be found at
more of my origami can be found at

With that said, let's begin!

Step 1: "Step 1" - Getting Started.

a) Starting with the black side up, make two rabbit ears.
b) This is called the "fish base". Squash fold.
c) Reverse fold out the hidden corner.
d) Repeat b,c, on the left.
e) Valley fold the bottom point up to the tops of the squares.
f) Undo.

Step 2: Tip: Look at the Next Step to Figure Out What You're Supposed to Do in the Current Step.

a. Squash fold the bottom flap so that the resultant flap has one vertical edge, one horizontal edge, and one edge aligned with the edge behind.
b. Swivel-fold the flap to the left
c. Pull out the hidden edge
d. Like this.
e. Squash fold the triangular flap.
f. Petal fold the corner down
g. Like this.

Step 3: Nose

a. Fold the top point down to the widest part of the kite-shaped flap.
b. Fold back up along the tops of the square flaps.
c. Ctrl+Z. I mean Undo.
d. Crimp fold the tip inside.
e. Like this.
f. Partially undo the tip and form a rabit ear...
g. Like this. The triangular nose bottom should coincide with the bottoms of the square flaps.

Step 4: Eye

a. Valley-fold down the two corners.
b. Fold the eyes down, this will pull some of the edge from the flap above it.
c. Partial unsink - the nested layer...
d. ... so that the bottom eyelid mirrors the upper eyelid. This will require indenting the corner at the right. Also, swivel fold the small inner corner.
e. Like this. Repeat on the left side.

Step 5: "A Lot of People Think the Eyes Are What It's All About, I Find It's the Forehead." --- Derek Zoolander.

a. Valley-fold the inner corners of the brow to outward.
b. Fold the shallow point down.
c. Like this.
d. Crimp the nostril areas and fold the corner inward
e. Like this.

Step 6: Beard

a. (Focus on the lower part) Fold the top two corners outward, exposing the black.
b. Fold the bottom two edges inward, exposing some more black in the shape of a necktie.
c. Pleat the two flaps slightly, so that you form an upturned shallow V.
d.This will be a smile. Like this. *smile*
e. Yes, like this. You see what I've done here?

Step 7: "Such a Handsome... Moustache..." ---Uma Thurman (Adventures of Baron Munchausen)

a. Crimp the sides of the moustache so that the moustache bends outward horizontally.
b. Fold the top edges in slightly, exposing the black.
c. Like this. Almost done!

Step 8: Voila!

a. fold the sides and "cheeks" in to the proper shape.
b. Fold the forehead and chin behind a little bit, tuck in the eyebrows to expose some black paper, and slightly open the eyes in a sly expression. Give him some wrinkles by his eyes.
c. Continue to shape the face until it looks like V's mask. Feel free to make changes, modify and improvise this to your own delight. As long as you don't cut, you're cool. Google Image search is your friend. So am I, but I won't be able to answer individual "how did you get past step 'n' "-type questions.

Thanks for watching, and I look forward to seeing your origami V faces everywhere!
For larger images:

Brian Chan


Gabmartmon made it!(author)2017-04-19

segundo intento

gmart%C3%ADnez+mondrag%C3%B3n made it!(author)2016-01-12

mi primer intento, trataré de mejorar, en mi rancho no hay papel con color de ambos lados, así que lo tuve que pintar XD

KatrinF made it!(author)2016-01-03

Hi, which size paper did you work with? Want to buy the pacon fadeless, but at the price want to make sure I buy the right one :). Thanks so much!

angryrobot17 made it!(author)2015-11-06

Good diagrams to explain a wonderful model.

Nice and simple!

TheCornerofCraft made it!(author)2015-11-05

This is incredible! You're so talented.

RobertW2 made it!(author)2014-08-30

Gurudon, you need to get different paper. Try Pacon Fadeless. Order it off the internet. Get a utility knife and cut it down to the size you want.

gurudon made it!(author)2013-07-29

After all this pain , I cried. I took my square out of A3 size sheet, and now this mask can only fit my palm. I didnt had a paper with black side (and I was too lazy to paint)....maybe that's why god made my mask like someone sat on a paper crumble. Great tutorial, tutorial maker, you are definitely a mutant with superpower. Have a look at mine :(

gurudon made it!(author)2013-07-29

After all this pain , I cried. I took my square out of A3 size sheet, and now this mask can only fit my palm. I didnt had a paper with black side (and I was too lazy to paint)....maybe that's why god made my mask like someone sat on a paper crumble. Great tutorial, tutorial maker, you are definitely a mutant with superpower. Have a look at mine :(

origamimasterromero made it!(author)2013-05-25

made one

scarvalho+brisola made it!(author)2012-08-06

nice job!

yamayka made it!(author)2012-05-20

Wow! very interesting...

thelonelymoon made it!(author)2011-12-17

i.... am so confused. how exactly do you do the rabbit ear thing? @___@

bmurillo made it!(author)2011-09-03

i found out how to do it

TheGeek1984 made it!(author)2011-08-04

"Crude" hand-drawn figures?! Those were anything but crude.

HurcanDewit made it!(author)2011-06-27

very cool.

ladycroft108 made it!(author)2011-06-15

this is awesome!

rowdyrosiepiper made it!(author)2011-05-24

You sir, must be a mathematical genius to figure out how to fold that. Good work!

cocteauuk made it!(author)2011-04-01

Ok, first attempt at origami so I used a pretty large piece of paper 70cmx 70cm unfortunately it was the wrong kind of paper, too thin.

Most difficult part overall was getting the nose right. End result quite far from the one shown in the intro picture.

Anyway, fantastic tutorial thank you!!

Photo on 2011-04-02 at 00.03.jpg
mg0930mg made it!(author)2008-10-10

I'm stuck after the squares Step 1 part c. Please help, the video didn't.

zachtorch made it!(author)2011-03-11

you pull out the corner that is under the flap, you'll have to bend it a little bit to see the flap.

Kokkan made it!(author)2009-10-13

How big should the paper square be so I could wear it?

zachtorch made it!(author)2011-03-11

I used a posterboard ^.^

%3D3 made it!(author)2011-03-04

Uhm, I did this, and my mask turned out to look like a crazy Asian man. xD

jacksteal4 made it!(author)2007-11-06

i think its more of master skill

sub893 made it!(author)2011-02-07

me 2

whoahippo made it!(author)2009-10-30

my brain!!! you know what, lets just pretend guy fawkes was noseless @_@

sub893 made it!(author)2011-02-07

i know! wicked hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sub893 made it!(author)2011-02-07

wait, got it. by taping on new nose! LOL looks horrible still

AlanGlez made it!(author)2011-02-02

really hard....specially the eyes...nose...and....all those tiny details.... great instructable!!

Blechmen made it!(author)2010-12-22

what is the size of the papper because i obbasly used to big of papper

tofu4tortoise made it!(author)2011-01-27

obbasly? i've never heard that word before...

wearingpink made it!(author)2011-01-02

This is a really good model. The shaping at the end is pretty tedious though, especially with small paper. But overall, awesome.

Snapshot of me 2.png
dani00096 made it!(author)2010-12-01

i cannot understand a thing !!!!! :D

harbeckm1 made it!(author)2010-11-22

here is mine took me about a half hour to make

thatkidthatyoudontknow made it!(author)2010-11-10

i dont understand the eyelids, how do u do it? mor detail plox O_o

prodo123 made it!(author)2010-09-27

This thing is Anonymous
This thing is Legion
This thing does not forgive
This thing does not forget
This thing is pure awesome. 5*

JBowmanDIY made it!(author)2010-09-23

the little beard at the bottom isnt black when i finish it. did i do something wrong? :/

wert456 made it!(author)2010-07-05

how do you make a base fish

KDB955 made it!(author)2010-05-26

This is a very good fold.
Guys, like everything Japanese Origami requires very high levels of skill.

zachary00001 made it!(author)2010-05-09

the nose is the hardest part of all

zachary00001 made it!(author)2010-05-05

Fold the Guy Fawkes Mask in Origami (Part 1)

zachary00001 made it!(author)2010-05-05

there is a vid on youtube

zachary00001 made it!(author)2010-05-05

its easy

ninjacow258 made it!(author)2009-08-05

whoa...I followed until when you started on the eyes...after that it was all a blur ...o.,O...... But really good creation though. In the end I got something that looked similar to your example. Sort of.

yokozuna made it!(author)2009-08-23

If you make someone's project, you should always post a picture of your version of it in their comments... at least I feel that way. It does a couple of things- 1. )shows other people that the instructions are able to be followed, as well as 2.) points out potential problems or improvements to the author and community. So post a pic, your ninja honor demands it! :)

Mr.NHRA made it!(author)2010-02-20

Ninjas unite! I just want to say one thing, wheres your pic? if you werent going to post one then you should have said you didnt make the project like im about to. I didnt make the project but it sure is great!

DarkSalt made it!(author)2010-02-15

I'm already lost.

Biggsy made it!(author)2010-02-02

This is amazing!... I'm not fantastic when it comes to paper folding.... Think this is a little out of my skills range!Welldone!

BECKBERRY made it!(author)2010-01-24

GASP~!!! That looks hard!

The+Pfeff made it!(author)2009-12-08

I keep getting a 404 Not Found error on the link for larger pics. Help?

About This Instructable




Bio: Designer in origami, hand crafts, and rapid prototyping!
More by chosetec:How to Create 3d Printable Articulated SculpturesConstructing the Laser-cut folding ukuleleGuy Fawkes Mask in Origami
Add instructable to: