Introduction: How to Make a Mask for Free

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In this case, I will be making a slipknot mask. However, it doesn't have to be a slipknot mask, it can be whatever you want since this is a general guide. My favorite band is Slipknot. I love playing their songs on my guitar. I decided to make a mask, but I just bought a new guitar, so I didn't have any money on me. So I used items around the house that I found. These items can be found in most houses, too.
Anyway, after about 20 minutes of work, I had made my first slipknot mask. It looks better than it does in the pictures, but I the flash made it look weird. There are a few dings here and there that I will take into consideration for my future masks.

If you make a mask, I would like you to show me it on the comments. It would be fun to see your own version of it.

Anyway, I hope you have fun if you make a mask and please feel free to comment and rate.

Step 1: Supplies

You will need:

Foil If you don't have at least 4 feet of foil, you will have to buy more.
Leather I found an old leather jacket and cut up the leather from that.
Zipper (optional) For my mouth I used some of the zipper from the old jacket, but you can do whatever you want.
Sewing Needle Get a large one for it will have to be sharp to sew up the mask.
Thread You will need thread the same color as your leather and some red thread as well.
Elastic Bands
Scissors A large, sharp pair is recommended.
Newspaper For the paper mache part.
Flour You will need 1/3 cup of flour.
Water You will need 1/2 cup of water.
Glue I used a glue stick.

Depending on what you want your mask to look like, you may use some other items.

Step 2: The Base Mask

There are two masks: The Base Mask and the Outer Mask that come together to form one mask. To make the Base Mask, get 3 - 4 feet of foil. Smooth it out on a table or something flat. Fold 1/4 of the foil down and smooth it out. Repeat this until you have a rectangle of foil about the size of your head. The folds do not have to be even.

Next, bite onto the foil where you mouth would be. This keeps the foil in place while you mold it around your face. Be sure to give detail to where you nose is and where you eyes are. Fold any extra foil around you chin and sides of your head.

Take the Base Mask off and with scissors cut out the shape you want your mask to be. With an exact-o knife (oops, I left that out of the supplies), cut out the eye(s). I made one eye. I chose to put it on the left so I'd get a good view of the guitar neck. You can use the exact-o knife to cut out a mouth.

Step 3: The Outer Mask

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The Outer Mask appears once you have paper mache over the base mask. To make paper mache, pour 1/3 cup of flour into a bowl and stir it with 1/2 cup of water. Tear up some newspaper for the paper part.

Stick the newspaper in the paper mache and strip off any excess paste. The more paste left on the paper, the longer it will take to dry. Put the mask on a piece of wood or sheet of paper and put the paper mache strips on the mask. Smooth the newspaper out on the mask. Be sure to go around the eye(s) and mouth if you made one. Be sure to paper mache each side.

Step 4: Comforting the Mask

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Set the mask on a piece of leather and trace around it with a pen. Cut out the shape of the mask on the leather. Rub some glue on the back side of the leather, then place the leather on the mask. Sew around the outside of the mask so the leather stays on the mask. Sew around the nose so the leather will shape around the nose. With an exact-o knife, cut out the shape of the eyes from the leather. Get the leather and repeat on the other side.
Next, cut out a piece of the zipper and glue it onto the mask where the mouth is. Then sew it on.

Step 5: Add-ons

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I made a few stitches where the missing eye was with red thread. I did this by making three lines with the thread, then getting another piece and making three more lines crossing over the first lines. It ended up not looking too good, but at least it filled in the empty space.

Step 6: Adding the Elastic Band

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This is pretty simple. Turn the mask over and cut two slits close to the eyes. Feed the elastic band into the slit, then tie it into a knot (no, do not make a slip knot). Test it to see if it fits around your head. If it does not, untie the band and get a longer one.


Clayton H. (author)2009-12-03

slipknot is a copy of mushroomhead

LihnM (author)Clayton H.2015-10-19

Except slipknot is good. They have one vocalist who also is good and can sing again good. Nobody crappily raps and James Root is one of the best guitarist on the planet so yeah basically the same. I mean slipknot songs are good and Corey's lyrics are amazing. Mushroom head is just terrible. The one guy who sings is just terrible and the other guy who screams and rants is just the worst. They all basically have the same costumes, very elaborate and creepy. I'm not going to lie, that is well done. Except for the one guy who just decided to let his band mates look awesome while he wears raccoon makeup. But yeah. Your almost right.


kurdtkobain (author)Clayton H.2010-05-27

no...theres a lot of bands who wear masks and slipknot is different because they all have different masks

garglehurricane (author)2015-03-18

So cool! Two questions. One, did you get the zipper actually working, or is it just for show? And two, could you use any other type of material, or just leather?

kaycsunshinehoop (author)2015-01-21

debmills853 (author)2014-02-22

I did fine until this step: "Next, bite onto the foil..."

3366carlos (author)2013-02-19

good start, should do a full head - kinda luchador style!

PotatoCoffee (author)2012-06-25

Maggot forever! I just made one out of latex!

virusX (author)2008-09-26

instead of doing so many steps, why can't u just cut out some leather, eye holes and tie it around your head? as in, what does the other stuff do?

That would seem reasonable, except that it wouldn't work (so its not reasonable). The foil makes the shape of your chin, nose, lips, etc. Leather alone would be flat and pretty much featureless. The paper mache holds the shape of the foil and the overall mask so that the mask still has its features, even when its not on. Finally, the leather tops it all off to make it look cooler. But I see where you were coming from and I wanted to point that out.

cereal66 (author)2009-09-16

(slipknot masks)

cereal66 (author)2009-09-16

some time i will show every one how to make all there mask's :D

Satan Reaper (author)2009-07-08

Do U know how to make the mask of Mick Thompson? Restecp! all this is "wicked"! \m/ "metal is my game"

PineapplebobTheGreat (author)2008-07-16

okay, that is an opinion

just sayin' runs off to listen to Paridise city

yeah, whatever... *runs off to listen to Duality*

*feuer frei*

Slipknot is awesome and the Jonas Bros can (random explicit mumbling) Best song is The Nameless... I have all there CD's (on iPod) and can recite all the band members and there instruments and there Cd's from memory. I am also working on obtaining Crowz (2nd Cd from MFKR, also unreleased)

spudling9 (author)Azor2009-05-25

do you have mfkr with donnie,anders,josh and the gang?

Azor (author)spudling92009-05-26

I was working ok getting it but, no offence to slipknot, the album kind of sucks. Slipknot is just not that good with out corey and the gang..... Killers are quiet is an alright song though.....

spudling9 (author)Azor2009-05-26

no I agree compleitly I don't think that Anders is as good of a singer as Corey it's just kinda rare and thats the only reason that people want it. XD I would miss Jim, Sid,Chris, and Corey if they went back to the original line-up. And one more thing Do nothing has RnB Jazz which sucks. It's just not their style


spudling9 (author)alfpwns2009-03-25

we have all heard it and most people I know hated it. And axl rose ruined it basically...

Nathan Ward (author)spudling92009-05-25

I dont hate it i like it

Iridium7 (author)alfpwns2009-04-24

lets not forget the greatest industrial metal band in the world. *turns on Ipod to listen to ' Nobodys real' P.S. best listened to when neighbors complain about the 'Noise'

GuitarManiac (author)alfpwns2008-11-10

Hmmm slipknot owns Psychosocial

sstarrm (author)2009-06-22

dude! awesome instructable...I never thought I'd be able to make a good quality mask with, like no money, 'til I saw this

The Jamalam (author)2008-07-09


Nathan Ward (author)The Jamalam2009-05-25


Hey, if you like, could you give it a vote?

okay, done!!!


leeboy09 (author)2009-05-23

well done lad slipknot ROCK! mom,uncle and aunt oin to see them live

peach_fart (author)2008-10-25

why not make the drummer's mask? you know, the one withe the spikes on it? itll look freakin awesome!

GuitarManiac (author)peach_fart2008-11-10

Uhh no Joey the DRUMMER has a spiked crown like the one jesus had on when he was yeah he has spikes...

thats frkn wrong. craig jones is the drummer, and hes always headbanging. he has got the greatest looking mask, so everybody knows him, and knows that he has got the spike mask!

peach_fart (author)GuitarManiac2008-12-13


The drummer doesn't have spikes. The sound producer does.

oh. i watched the duality video on youtube and i THOUGHT that he was the drummer because he was playing the drums.

spudling9 (author)peach_fart2008-10-26

joey jordinson is the drummer and craig jones is the smapler(pin head)

Rikasu (author)2008-10-30

Alternatively you could, assuming you have one, go to your local Spencer's Gifts store and just, again only if you're good at it, steal one. Dunno just sayin'.

mastermakoko (author)2008-10-27

hey...if i want to make the corey tailor all hope is gone mask............................. should i make it with paper machet or just cut leather and start from there like what virus x said...???? answer now

WTHAI (author)2008-07-19

Not that I like slipknot all too much, but there is no way that GNR is better. The grating squeal that is Axl Rose's voice is the worst thing to happen to the music industry since barry manilow. Finck should have stuck with NIN. but if you're actually into slipknot, I guess this kind of project would appeal to you. Good job.

Thanks, and this can also make a good halloween mask too.

hippojoe (author)2008-07-31

I don't care who you are you have to give them credit for keeping that many people on beat, especially on those parts where they all stop for a second then pick up where they left off. Personally I love them. If you don't that's YOUR opinion don't try to enforce it on me.


drummonkey92 (author)2008-06-24

nice job its not perfect but its good for a first try i'll be looking forward to the full face one! just to add to the musical debate: slipknot may not audibly be amazing if you dont like corey's screaming but musicly they are realy good. joey jordison' a fantastic drummer (and i don't just mean fast double pedal work) also, corey can sing quite well apart from just screaming, you only have to listen to stonesour songs like 'through the glass' or 'bother' to hear his actual singing

thanks. Yeah, the mask in this instructable was my first one. I also have never sewed before and didn't have any help on this. Yeah, listen to "duality", I like how corey sings in that song. Joey, i mean, he's right out there. If you play 'wait and bleed', some parts of that song, he is drumming so fast that it's seems that he's drumming slowly.

Yeah thats a good song, but whats up with pushing his fingers into his eyes? anyway, by preference Mick's mask is certainly the coolest to make, possibly a project for me to put on instructables sometime in the future. Slipknot is a pretty good band, as well as godsmack, korn, pantera, papa roach, disturbed, seether, breaking benjamin, and others.

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