Introduction: Make a Superhero Mask


Any good superhero needs a sweet mask to keep him/her anonymous while fighting crime and villainy. Depending on how you much effort you want to put into the mask, you could be done in as little as 15 minutes.

I've been meaning to make this Instructable for about a year now, ever since I made the Anti-Negativity Helmet. I finally just sat down for about an hour and cranked this out.

Step 1: Print and Cut-out the Pattern


Here's the pattern for it.

Make sure it is 10.5 inches from end to end of the mask.

Then, you just need to cut it out.

Step 2: Cut Out the Mask


I'm using 5mm neoprene for my mask here. In the past I've used 3mm, which works fine, but anything less than that will be too stretchy.

Basically the thicker the fabric, the better. With a thin fabric the mask ends get pulled and doesn't fit on your face correctly.

Now we need to trace the pattern onto the neoprene, and cut it out.

Step 3: Cut Out the Eye-holes


To cut out the eye-holes make a slit in each one. Then you should be able to cut them out easily.

Step 4: Try It On!


I liked the darker side better, but you can really use the mask as "reversible". Also, it helps to have some long hair or a beanie on to hold the mask on your face.

Step 5: Make a Strap


The length of the strap will vary depending on the size of your head, or how tight you want the mask to be. I like making it out of neoprene scraps (to match). But, any stretchy fabric or elastic will do here.

This is pretty straight forward. Just measure it to your desire, to make it fit on your head.

Step 6: Attaching the Strap to the Mask


For this part you can get really lazy, or make it more "professional."

Staples are the lazy route.

Sewing is the "professional" route.

The mask that you see stapled in the pictures I've had made since 2007-2008. It's never come undone. But, I've made masks for friends with staples that have come apart within hours of them wearing it.

Sewing is obviously going to look better, it's just a matter of your sewing machine handling 10 or so millimeters of neoprene. And if a sewing machine isn't an option for you, you can always do it by hand.

Step 7: Go Save the World


Now that you're finished, strike a heroic pose.

Thanks for reading.

I'm always open to any questions, comments, and criticism.

It would also be very awesome if anyone who makes one could share their "anonymous" superhero photo.

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erinlks made it! (author)2014-10-22

Love your tutorial! It was very helpful. The mask and the anti-negativity helmet were a lot of fun to put together. I used a foam material that I found in the scrap fabric heap and it has held up pretty well. Again, thanks!

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LegoBrickMaster7 (author)erinlks2014-10-29

Nicely done!

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