Introduction: Hands Free Mask

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Problem: you can't do anything else with your hands when doing this funny face.
Solution: make a mask shaped like hands.

This fast and easy instructable empowers people to make a funny hands mask without having to use their hands. Now you can be funny and drink a soda or go trick-or-treating without revealing your true identity. As an added bonus, this is more sustainable than a typical mask since you can use scrap paper to print on, use common materials you probably have already and then recycle it when you're done. Have fun and be guilt-free! haha..

Step 1: Download

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Download the template here

or go to my website- 

Step 2: Print

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Print out the file. The standard size will work for most adults but you can scale the file before printing if it is for kids. I would scale to about 50% if it is for a child under 13.

Step 3: Mount

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Take the print out of the mask and mount to a piece of cardboard (not corrugated!). I used a piece of chipboard and spray mount. A panel from a cereal box will work fine and glue stick will also work well to adhere the mask template to the cardboard.

Step 4: Cut It Out

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Cut out the mask with anything you have- scissors, utility knife, Xacto knife, pocket knife, butcher knife, laser cutter, etc...
Instructable user, bowmaster, recommends using a Katana. I agree ;/

IMPORTANT: stay just outside the line!

Step 5: Insert String

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Use a screw or nail to poke holes in the mask where indicated. Find a piece of string and attach it to the mask. A couple standard knots at each end does the trick.

(a piece of elastic string or a rubber band will also work well here)

Instructables user- Weissensteinburg, recommends just gluing to the frames of some old glasses...without the lenses.

Step 6: Wear and Enjoy!

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Place the mask on head. Have fun! Guaranteed laughs and giggles ;-D Fun for the whole family. Notice that your hands are free to do other things while still making the funny face?!

Feel free to color and personalize anyway you want.

TAKE PICTURES! (hopefully yours will turn out better than mine)

Step 7: Upload and Share!

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After taking pictures of using your Hands Free� mask, email them to me and I'll post them on my site and here on Instructables!

Thank you and have fun!!


bowmaster (author)2009-03-15

Can you use a Katana to cut it out? I've used my Katana to cut everything out for +30 years. (even to cut the cake at my 3 year old's b-day party)

edfel01 (author)bowmaster2009-05-08

....ok hope you arn't a surgeon

bowmaster (author)edfel012009-05-08

No, but I play one on TV!!! Real comment: No, I am not a surgeon but I am a ninja who has surgeon-like accuracy!!

edfel01 (author)bowmaster2009-05-09


bowmaster (author)edfel012009-05-09

I one time removed a tumor from a guys head head with a katana. He kept running because he though I was an assassin. I finally caught up with him and sat on him to hold him still.

sabu.dawdy (author)bowmaster2014-07-13


MattBraun (author)bowmaster2009-03-15

Definitely! That is probably the best thing to use actually. I forgot mine that day so I ended up using that little Olfa knife =[

bowmaster (author)MattBraun2009-03-16

How about a plasma cutter?

jedi pen-gui-n (author)bowmaster2009-03-17

If you want a Hands burnt mask

crapflinger (author)2009-03-19

it would be nifty to actually cast your hands in that position in some form of flesh colored latex or similar product and have a 3d "hands mask"

lycoris3 (author)crapflinger2010-05-27

great idea!!  that would be something for a prank or Holloween.  You should do an instructable for it. 

jaq attack (author)2010-04-03

LMAO!!! classic

rife (author)2009-05-24


scoochmaroo (author)2009-03-15


Weissensteinburg (author)2009-03-14

What i've found that works well is an old pair of glasses frames...preferably flat faced. You just glue them on and voila!

that's a great idea...i'll add that to the instructable

Kiteman (author)2009-03-14

This is laugh-out-loud funny! If I'd seen this 48 hours ago, I'd have printed out dozens for Red Nose Day. Ah, well, it will have to wait until our school's next charity day.

fwjs28 (author)Kiteman2009-03-15

agreed! :P

keng (author)Kiteman2009-03-14

red nose?!!! are you in the UK?

Kiteman (author)keng2009-03-15


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