Picture of Mask Masks
In honor of swine flu season, here is a project for all those face masks!

Usually I am pretty good at planning for Halloween, it being my favorite holiday, but on occasion I have to throw something together last minute. This was the case last year when I took an extra face-mask  I had hanging around to make a quick costume! By re-using things around the house this project is cheap and easy on the environment. The skill level required is low, ranging from kindergartner with marker to amateur seamstress/tailor and the final product is a cute and comfortable Halloween mask.

Step 1: Gather Materials

Picture of Gather Materials
Face-mask: you can use anything from the nicer cotton ones people wear all over Asia to the ones used in hospitals or even the paper-like ones used in construction and painting.

Eye-mask: The ones for traveling are the kind I have in mind - there always seems to be one somewhere in the back of a cupboard that came from some international flight's complimentary toiletry bag.

Permanent markers are ideal if you plan on drawing, but all I had to use was the cheapest quality water-soluble kind, and my mask still came out all right. No matter what there will probably be a little bit of bleeding around the edges, so don't try to draw anything too detailed.

Material Scraps of any kind will work, depending on what you want to make. Nylon is especially useful for eye-masks

black eye3 years ago
Where did you get the the face mask from that you used on the sack man looking one? Im a 15 year old kid who was never taught to sew and I tried making one but cant. Hah, So it would just be easier to buy one. I'm just hot gluing it.
unexpired (author)  black eye3 years ago
Hot glue should work just fine on a paper face mask used in construction or one of those medical ones. You can pick up the paper kind at any hardware store. Good luck!
vman34 years ago
You are a genius.
Voot4 years ago
That tooth'd hoodie reminds me of the description of the Innsmouth look from the HP Lovecraft tale. Looks great!
Chewy26344 years ago
THANKS SO MUCH MAN!!! i just finished my mask a couple mnutes ago, it took about 3 hours, and it turned out AWESOME!. great instructable man. i use one of the masks that doctors use, and just put black material over it. for the eyes, i used some old gym shorts, and for the rest of the materials, i just used shirts. i used hot glue for everything. THANKS A BUNCH!!!!!!!!!!!!
collins19974 years ago
hey guys thanks for the great ideas
I couldn't find a sleeping mask so I used an old clarinet cleaner and a some felt, some hot glue, a hat i had and some sharpies. Its not done.
Darthscout4 years ago
It's pretty clear. I'm going to try to make this before Halloween.(HA like thats going to happen)
ntraft4 years ago
The mouth component of the shark monster sorta looks bigger when you're wearing it; are you wearing anything else under there to support it and make it puff out like that? Like a surgical mask or something?
unexpired (author)  ntraft4 years ago
No, I just have a really big nose. That and the pointy ends of the teeth are not attached to the black background, so they stick out a little.
tiriosh4 years ago
Hi, I'm really interested in trying to make your shark mask! However I'm not sure where to get a cloth mask like that; I can't seem to find any.

Any suggestions? Is it possible to make one (though I think buying one would be easier than getting the elastic string part...)?
unexpired (author)  tiriosh4 years ago
You could also use a mask used for construction or for in the hospitals, you know the throw-away kind. They would still be sturdy enough to sew fabric to.

Otherwise you could just make the mask and find some kind of thin elastic band to use for the ear strings. It might actually be easier to find black material instead of sewing on top of the mask material, you could also size it to your face better. It shouldn't be too tricky.
canida5 years ago
Wow, these are creepy!
NickIQ5 years ago
Where did you get the masks? I'm poking around online, can't find a decent black one like you have there. Can you recommend somewhere?
unexpired (author)  NickIQ5 years ago
That's a tricky one. I live in China right now and that is the most common face mask on the market. If you can't find one like that I suggest just covering whatever mask you have with some black material, perhaps an old t-shirt or something. Just cut it out in the same shape, fold it over the edges and run the machine around the edges.
Thanks! I'll keep looking, eventually I'll find/make something that will work. This is going to by my winter face mask, for when it gets really cold. Thanks for the instructable!
 Just face mask: Cute.
Just eye mask: Unsettling.
Face mask with eye mask: Straddling the line between cute and terrifying. 
Love this.
wyrwolf5 years ago
uh, Don't use markers (esp. Permanent) - The toxic smell NEVER goes away. LOL
unexpired (author)  wyrwolf5 years ago
Ugh, I didn't think about that when I suggested it. I used kiddie markers so it bled a bit, but it didn't smell!
sk8er65 years ago
did anybody else think evil domo?
lol, no i didnt, but i love domo:P icant believe how much there exploiting him now tho....
Reminds me of the shark from the "Jaws" poster of the mid-seventies.
masonrulz5 years ago
i think the first 2 pics were pretty cool... the first one especially, but i wouldent get cought dead in the 3rd one...sorry. but the 1st one was AWSOME
 Umm, the first and the third are the same..
the first and fourth are the same
the first third and fifth are the same
hobzez5 years ago
bstevens5 years ago
On the bottom mask part of this one, how did you get it to look like it does in the cool pic?  Is that just slit with extra black material sewed inside, then pulled up over your nose?

I love this idea, got a few additions ideas but would love to know how you did that.

unexpired (author)  bstevens5 years ago
Okay, I just uploaded new pictures and a few extra suggestions to the face-mask and the eye-mask. Hope that clears things up!
unexpired (author)  bstevens5 years ago
I started out with a black face mask, so I didn't need to add any extra black material to cover the mask, but that would be a relatively easy addition if you are working with a mask of a different color.

And I didn't bother slitting the gray material, I just cut it in two, lengthwise. I then tucked the edges under and pinned it on top of the teeth and black face mask.

I will try to add a few more photos to make it more clear.
 this made me recall how people specially doctors here in mexico used to decorate their face masks back in the swine flu hard time, in may. It was a little of happines and prank in the middle of the über Chaos and fear... 
zeke345 years ago
The first picture almost looks like an evil sackperson
unexpired (author)  zeke345 years ago
Yeah, I think it also bears a striking resemblance to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Perhaps a creepy cousin named Davinci...
There's already on named Leonardo, as in Leonardo Da Vinci.
unexpired (author)  masterochicken5 years ago
Ack, good point. Maybe Giotto then?
Hey LOOK!!! There goes the point! :P
PKM5 years ago
The sharkmonster looks like something out of STALKER... if I met someone wearing that at night I'd probably stop and try to remember where I walked into a Lovecraftian horror o_O

The dog, on the other hand, is excessively cute (though the floppy fringe and floppier dog-ear-hoodie help).
weswert5 years ago
hiw do you see in that?
unexpired (author)  weswert5 years ago
Actually, I found it to be easier than some commercial masks. It's not too difficult to see through the mask's eye holes because they are a little bigger round than your eyes and the stalking material is fairly thin.
=SMART=5 years ago
I love the shark one in the hoodie, great last-minute costume !!
Yah, love it unless you meet it in a dark alleyway in real life. EEP!