Introduction: How to Make a Scary Scarecrow Mask (With Moveable Jaw)

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This is my first instructable so bare with me please. Ill do my best to explain each step carefully and I hope this gives some people ideas or inspiration for other things.

Step 1: Get Some Materials.

For this Mask I simply used things i actually had around the house.

- Sheet of Bristol Board (Or cardstock)
- Yellow construction paper
- Duct Tape
- Scissors
- Burlap (I have a whole bunch of this stuff that ive been using over and over for decorating during Halloween, Lots of people use it to cover up trees in the winter, Have a look around, shouldnt be difficult to get some)
- Hot Glue gun
-Thumb Tacks

Read through the instructable. Maybe you can substitute something for something else you might find better.

Step 2:

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I started off with a used sheet of bristol board, drew a rough sketch of a skull like face (my choice). and cut out a separate Jaw to make it moveable. Also a bottom piece of the jaw to attach and tape up. After cutting holes for eyes i fit the mask around me head and taped it up to fit.
The top portion of head i cut slits down and close to the head straps and while fitting it on my head again, taped the middle strip back to the head strap.

Step 3:

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With the mask still on i started taping and cutting the strips if they needed to be shorter or not. I also made sure the jaw piece fit nicely and tapes it up as well.
I also rounded the edges on the jaw piece (On the parts that will connect to the face)
I then tried the jaw piece and the mask on. And made marks on the mask where the jaw piece was comfortable. and stuck a thumb tack through to allow the jaw to open and close, Bent the tips with some pliers to hold and taped it down on one side.
Try it on and move your mouth around a bit see if the jaw follows. If its good enough then keep going. You can always adjust it a bit as theyre just small pin pricks in the mask.
Make sure top of the mouth fits over the bottom Jaw.

Step 4: TEETH

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I chose to add teeth, and some facial features (You dont have to do this but i thought it added to the creepyness)

The teeth were actually quite simple once i thought of how to do them.
I tore a bunch of somewhat equal yellow construction paper squares.
Rolled/folded them lengthwise (With the tears) and taped the middle with a small piece of duct tape.
Then cut it in the middle and now had 2 teeth per square.

I took small duct tape strips and taped them to the upper and lower jaw of the mask making sure when the mouth closed they werent crushing each other.Then one long piece of tape to hold them snug into place

I had extra construction paper so i added some eyebrows and a nose to it. Looks more like a skull at the moment.

Step 5: Burlap

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Get the glue gun ready.

Start with the bottom jaw and make sure to cover it good and to NOT glue the top portion of the mask to it.

Then when gluing the top you need to leave room under the burlap for the law to move. so be careful when gluing.
I was getting a little excited as i was doing this and forgot to take pics.
Hot glue edges and start forming the burlap over everything, take extra care with the face and simply pull the excess back and glue it to itself to make it tighter. The burlap i used i could actually see through quite well which was nice.

This is just the first of two burlap layers.(You could still see some tape through it)

When adding the second layer i paid more attention to the mouth details, pinching the burlap over the teeth giving it some depth.

finish gluing and forming the mask.

Step 6: Finishing Up.

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Once your happy with how the mask looks try it on. Make note of where you can see the best from and mark that with a sharpie.
Take some scissors and carefully cut the top layer of burlap leaving the bottom one untouched. And color that bottom layer with the sharpie, being sure to get under that second layer.
Do the same for the other eye
Color in the nose as well if you wish.

Try the mask on and make sure you can see through it ok. If its all good then start pulling back the burlap and gluing it behind your head (With the mask off) trip any excess off that you need to.

And thats pretty much it!

Step 7: Final Touches.

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I ended up making gloves as well which I lost the pictures of due to an iphone crash,
I simply got a cheap pair of black gloves and wrapped burlap around each finger, hot gluing it in place.
Then wrapped a longer piece around my forearm, wrist, and palm all in one shot, leaving it long enough to go past the base of my fingers.

I also decided to put a hat on him. Ended up gluing it on as the hat was a little too small.

Ive included a few finished pictures of what the costume looks like finished. But feel free to add your own twist to it! and enjoy!!!

And questions or comments are welcome!


UpCycleLivin made it! (author)2015-10-31

Made this last night with minimum items. Used scrap wood for teeth. Thank you for this one. I got a HUGE amount or compliments. worked perfect with a a bloody shirt and a chainsaw.

Firstdalek (author)2015-10-31

can't see details very well, but I made more of a ghost/ghoul mask. I'll probably keep it for next year, and make s full costume.

Splinter94 made it! (author)2015-10-31

Thanks for the inspiration

TomC57 (author)2015-10-30

I'm going to try making this tomorrow!

david foeckler (author)2015-10-28

How well can you see out of the mask?

Gabram (author)david foeckler2015-10-30

I made one and it's really easy to see out of

Gabram made it! (author)2015-10-30

I made it using your instructions as inspiration. I decided to leave the face blank I thought it looked a little creepier. Also for the bottom jaw instead of thumb tacks I used strips of elastic. They held the bottom against my jaw as I talked better. Very cool instructable though, it was just what I was looking for and I can't wait to scare my nephews.

kaitlynpepin (author)2015-10-30

Sick! How awesome is this? That thing gives me the creeps. Scarecrows and clowns, nothing good ever comes from jt. LOL Great Job!!!!


GerardoS2 made it! (author)2015-07-14

wonderful tutorial helped me a lot making my own mask thanks for the help

TimothyL12 (author)GerardoS22015-10-29

Very cool !! Could I ask you what the black things are ? Looks like a gas mask type apparatus . What did you use as the form for the face ? if you care to let me know . That looks awesome !!

syates3 (author)GerardoS22015-10-29

Was hoping to see someone do an Arkhamn Scarecrow with this, nice job.

syates3 (author)2015-10-29

I always wanted to do one of these when I was a kid, might make one if I can get my hands on the burlap. But I'll probably make the mask out of foam rather than paper project for next year.

chefranger made it! (author)2015-10-29

Thanks for the great Idea, Scared the kids as they came in the yard for our party. It was Dark with a little light and a fog misting across the ground.

Mrandle1 (author)2015-10-20

I would like to add the photo does not do the mask justice, it looks much better in a bigger photo!! :)

Mrandle1 made it! (author)2015-10-20

Thank you for the tutorial. Mine isn't as good as yours but it definitely had the wow factor. Without your info I wouldn't have known where to start! Thanks ?

chefranger (author)2015-10-01

What a Brilliant idea

jacoconut made it! (author)2014-11-06

Thanks for the awesome intructable!!!
Here is the one that i made, i put some eyebrows on it and elongate the forehead a bit.. :)

Firstdalek (author)jacoconut2015-09-19

I love the eyebrows! that was a good idea!

JeremiahB6 (author)2015-08-26

I think eyeless and noseless makes it more creepy.

The Rob (author)2015-01-05

I'm definitely loving the design and the simplicity of it, I'm going to take a crack at it very soon and maybe I'll share the results.

jenandjuice made it! (author)2014-11-22

Needed a last minute costume (week and a half before Halloween), and you saved the day! The fit was difficult, so I didn't get much jaw movement... but I DID get second place in a local contest with about 12 hours of work!

Only mods to the design were cosmetic, and I made some spoooOky gloves with yours and another user's suggestions. I also had enough fabric (2 yards to start with) to make the hat, and a sweet pair of boots that might see some use later on.

I threw some birch branches together in a cross, cut holes through the elbows of an extra large shirt, and threaded the branches through (with burlap covering the holes); then hot glued twine around the wrists and where they met on the sticks when extended to give the illusion that they were tied in place. I tried looking for shoulder pads for underneath, but with time constraints had to settle for hockey goalie pants cut through the middle to stick my head through.

jimmyb0nz made it! (author)2014-10-25

Still working on it but thanks for the inspiration!

stVentje (author)jimmyb0nz2014-10-31

can you see though the eyes?

Monster Mark (author)stVentje2014-10-31

Yeah the burlap is quite see through. I only put one layer over the eyes. Two on the rest of the face

stVentje (author)Monster Mark2014-11-08

final product, inspired by yours

stVentje (author)Monster Mark2014-10-31

i ment with the buttons on the eyes of jimmyb0nzs' mask. I've made one too. I posted it on in the comments

jimmyb0nz (author)stVentje2014-10-31

I made the material for the eyes a little different. Had to unweave a few strands of string from the material to open the spaces in between to see better. There's a lot of room around the buttons to see thru and i positioned my eyes just under the button.

stVentje (author)jimmyb0nz2014-10-31


Monster Mark (author)2014-10-31

Love seeing all the different takes on this! Glad people are using the instructable still :) thanks for the positive vibes people! Keep up the creepy work!!

akellin (author)2014-09-22

Is anyone else creeped out by the 'orb' in the finished pic?? lol What?????

stVentje (author)akellin2014-10-31

Lol, light reflection in the camera

stVentje made it! (author)2014-10-31

Didn't have the photo's of the party yet.. put some fake blood on it.

Still.. I put some extra stitches everywhere.. for a more spooky effect.. Covered it with dirt a couple of times. And at the party added some fake blood at the mouth and eyes xD. Hope you like it

BLASTFEMI (author)2014-10-24

Super great and creepy!

propgirrl (author)2014-04-25

Love this!

oakback (author)2013-10-31

Thanks for the inspiration! My son helped me make his mask, here he is modelling it the night before Halloween:

jrod2133 (author)2013-10-31

Loved this instruction. I made myself a hat too. Thanks again!

ErzNova (author)2013-10-30

Thanks for the instruction !

Here is my type of the Scarecrow

CaseFace5 (author)2012-10-10

Awesome dude! really cool! now all you gotta do is just sit in a chair with a bowl of candy real still, then when the kids grab their candy start moving and freak them out! :D

anime_grl (author)CaseFace52013-10-09

a guy did that to me when i was about 4 or 5 years old and scared me so badly i ran to the street and wouldn't go back onto the porch until my mom practically dragged me there! now i can do the same to other kids! =)

tawnydog (author)2013-10-08

Dude, that's awesome!

bovine (author)2013-10-07

Nicely done.

gfoster1 (author)2013-10-07

Thanks for sharing your technique! Here is what I came up with:

hunter61 (author)2013-08-26

I finally know what to do for Halloween!! Thank you!

r-philp (author)2012-11-01

Thank you so much for your well done instructable. I was able to reproduce it quite easily with a minimum number of hot-glue burns! It was quite a hit, and I accessorized it with a pair of gloves; fingers extended with cardboard, and covered in the remaining burlap. Also added a bit of straw sticking out here and there.

You did a great job with the initial construction, as well as the documentation. A job well done. Thank you again. BTW, I did manage to scare some co-workers into a minor loss of bladder control! Very satisfying!

supratim123 (author)2012-10-29

its really good...its too late...i dnt hv such ideas about what to wear...i shud try this one..perhaps...

beacheslovezombies (author)2012-10-17

nice! I plan on making one!

instructable person 9 (author)2012-09-03

my dad loved it

blarg7789 (author)2012-07-27

dude thats pretty sketchy

LucDaRocka1 (author)2012-06-28

I have a good idea for teeth; i used it this method for a mummy mask. I looked at the shape of my teeth and drew them life size on a piece of paper, then filled the drawings with hot glue, then cut out the shape, and glued them in my mask...

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