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How to Make a Werewolf Mask

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This instructable will show you an in depth guide on how to make a Werewolf mask out of fairly simple supplies. The making of this mask does require time and patience, but it is highly customizable, and quite comfortable! There are a lot of steps because I want to give you as much detail and information as possible! Hope you enjoy!
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Here is a list of the main supplies you will need:

- Foam board 16x20 -(Although this can be substituted for any sturdy medium, such as cardboard, I highly recommend using foam board. It's lightweight, durable, easy to cut and work with and you should be able to find a good size piece for under $10)

- Fur - For the mask, you will not need as much as I have pictured. Go to your local craft store and see if you can find them in the 9x12 sheets. It's much cheaper, and you can choose from a few different colors. 3 sheets should be more than enough for the mask.

- Ruler - Used for measuring and making cuts in the foam board. I recommend a metal ruler, but it isn't mandatory.

- Masking tape - Highly essential. Used for adding durability and shape to the frame of your mask.

- Cutting Tool - I use an X-acto knife, but anything with a sharp blade will do, such as a box cutter.

- Needle/Thread - This is for sewing the beanie to the foam board for one of the later steps. You don't have to have any sewing skills to do this, I am proof of that! But if you aren't comfortable with using this, you can always hot glue the cap to the foam board.

- Hot Glue Sticks/Gun - I cannot stress how important this is. You will need a lot of glue sticks, mostly for fur attachment. Just make sure you get more than enough, they aren't very costly. I found a pack of 20 at the dollar store for a dollar and it was enough for the entire project.

- Beanie Hat - This will be sewed to the foam board to give it a secure fit to your head. I found one at the dollar store for a dollar.

- Elastic Bands - Another dollar store special. Used to make the jaw movable.

- T-shirt/Fabric - used for giving the mask skin and structure. Don't get anything special, it won't be worth it in the long run. Something cheap will do, but I do recommend stretchable fabric.

- Model Magic/Clay - You will need very little of this. If you can substitute it for anything else, feel free to.

- Rebar Wire - You will need very little of this also. If you choose to substitute it, make sure that your substitution is very sturdy!

Non essentials:

- Super Glue - Not necessary, but could prove useful.

- Leather Scraps - Got this at my local craft store for around $3 for an entire bag of scraps. Makes the ears, nose, and mouth look more realistic.
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Wolf Link1 year ago
You should make fursuits and QUADSUITS!
sander13842 years ago
Tanx for this amazing instructable!
Greetings from the Netherlands!
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theletterj2 years ago
So, big thanks to Voxee for these really detailed instructions which helped me create my best Halloween costume to date! In fact, it's my best costume full stop! The picture shows it in it's most spooky setting...in the dark with some orange LEDS in the eyes. I might try and figure out a way to do this permanently whilst wearing it.

My main issue was with the weight concentration at the front of the mask which made it difficult to keep on my head. My beanie was very loose and I did try to tighten this up with elastic but didn't have much success. One other note on the beanie is that I hot glued it to the cross frame of the mask rather than sewing it.

Overall though, I was really impressed with the solidity of the mask. I had to use cardboard boxes for the main structure rather than foam core board, which I was worried about initially, but it seemed to work fine. Anyway, I'm really glad I took this challenge on and am really grateful for the guide. Couldn't have done it without it!
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Voxee (author)  theletterj2 years ago
Awesome idea with the LEDs, looks great. Hope you had a fun Halloween with it!!
I actually made this last year and never got the chance to show it off on this chain. After much frustration and toil (and glue-burned fingers), here's the final product. Thank you SO much for the instructions. My friends were amazed that I actually made it myself.

I went a bit more gruesome with the blood - I didn't dilute the red, and I put it over most of the teeth and snout. Oh, and there was a ton of extra fabric hanging off the back. The day after these pics were taken, I trimmed it and re-stiched it all. I fixed up a whole neck-strap to make the movable jaw extremely efficient.

Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for the awesome idea. Turned out great.
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mamane2 years ago
this is really cool and the walking of ur dog with the shoot gun had me laughing
kbobcool3 years ago
used your instructable as a start to my fantastic mr. fox mask (in progress). so customizable!

thanks!

halloween costumes don't have to be scary!
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FURther along....
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WOuld you be willing to share the alterations you made to VOxee's pattern for the fox mask? Yours is the BEST Fantastic Mr. Fox style mask (or best fox period) that I've seen online and want to make my own!!!!
I wish that I had the time right now to write an instructable for the mask. Voxee did a really great job and I didn't have to alter too much.

I used 3 1/2" thick costume quality fox fur and pieced it together with a lot of hot glue. (It was easy to hide the joints in the pieces because the fur was so long).

I have some pictures of the process here:

http://kevinwagnerdesign.com/design/the-fantastic-mr-fox/
Voxee (author)  kbobcool3 years ago
That looks fantastic! Great job!
Voxee (author)  Voxee3 years ago
er... no pun intended on the "fantastic" lol
tinker2343 years ago
need one to scare my sister last night we saw a noselsess man covered in fur on the highway looked like a werewoldf poor guy my siter screamed and scared me it was a full moon so i nedd to tesae her about for a while
patrick6784 years ago
hey dude i need to do one today  and i want it to be epic so please reply and help me
Voxee (author)  patrick6784 years ago
Sure, what can I help you with?
Malachy4 years ago
Wanna say thats for your excellent instructable, I used for my costume. Went down a 'Native' route instead of the werewolf, using the wolfs head as my head gear, and the jaw hung around the neck for decoration.. Cheers!
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Just finished mine for halloween!  I didn't include the moving jaw but I decided to put some LED's in the eye holes for added creepyness.
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Voxee (author)  axelchevette4 years ago
Looks awesome!  Nice touch with the eyes, and the ears look great too! 
DrArleigh4 years ago
Thanks for the wonderful instructable. We spent the last week making a mask and were constantly amazed at how well it all worked.
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 I'm almost finished with mine, I'll post pics when the teeth are done. Instead of painting my snout (because i'm lazy), I cut the fur really short and used that.
 I got the pictures!!! (not as great as your's though) I rushed the t-shirt, fur, and leather because the weekend was pretty much over and I had other stuff to do.

Teeth are made from model magic, not foamboard, which I thought, gave a more dimensional look to the teeth.

Again, snout was made with fur, cut short, and it looks crooked because of the way its sitting on the chair.

There will be pics from Halloween when its actually on me!
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Voxee (author)  waverider8944 years ago
Great job!  The fur on the snout looks good, I might give that a try next time I make one.  Hope you have fun with it on Halloween!
Voxee (author)  waverider8944 years ago
Awesome, can't wait for the pics :)
defghui4 years ago
 can you give me a tip on where to get the fur? i went to joann fabrics and my other local hobby shops but they dont even know what im talking about =(
Voxee (author)  defghui4 years ago
Hrm, the kind i use is the same as this:
http://www.craftsetc.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=92626&dep=50&cat=5&subcat=15&Search=Y
I've found it at my craft store, but I've also found it in my local walmart in the crafts department.  If you're looking for a larger quantity than that, I'd recommend shopping around online under the search term, "fur fabric".  They have a lot of different kinds.  I found a few yards for a decent price on ebay.
Sunny1246134 years ago
You, sir, have a great talent for scaring
the crap outta little kids.
Khord4 years ago
Cool mask, and great picture (the first one in step 13).  Does your dog treat you differently when you wear it?

Voxee (author)  Khord4 years ago
First time he saw it he tucked his tail between his legs and whimpered >.< lol, but after he knew it was me it didn't bother him anymore.  My cat on the other hand... lol
Nice instructable, i think im going to try to make a pair of gloves out of fur, so i will have Were wolf gloves, that can provide hand warmth, and look like claw, 5 stars.
 I like the happy WW couple holding hands in shorts and flipflops... awwwww...otherwise you creeped me out with the mask. Good job and a great set of instructions. Thanks!
This is fantastic!  The picture at the dining room table is awesome.

I have a 2 month old son.  I want to make this mask, wear a polka dot June Cleaver dress, and dress my son up as a lamb for Halloween. 
Voxee (author)  tobywankenobi4 years ago
Thank you :)

That idea sounds awesome!  I hope you go for it and send pics! 
wert4564 years ago
i dont have all these materials
...Then go buy them...
Voxee (author)  ItsTheHobbs4 years ago
 I like you <3
jongscx4 years ago
Naw, that you/(girl who's relationship to you was not explained, but assuming so would just cause awkwardness) picture is so cute...
mcdonn1234 years ago
I like how you made a mask by using more common materials than using things like plaster or the stuff used in masks at the store that are rubbery.
Well, i've got my materials and thought long and hard about all the possibilites...and concluded that i'm going to create a dragon mask by following your design :D may hav to use more than a beanie since i'm using steer horns, but my only question is how durable is your wolf mask? i'm planning on wearing it to Ren Fest :)
im so glad you made an in depth guide!!! it's very helpful. im hopefully gonna start mine tomorrow, i'll post pics once its finished. thanks again for the help : )
Voxee (author)  ivorydragon065 years ago
Awesome, can't wait to see it! Let me know if you have any questions along the way!
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