Introduction: Masquerade Mask DIY

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If you need a last minute Halloween costume, look no further. I found inspiration from various places like Free People and Screaming Mimi’s (of which this DIY is based) and figured out a way to get the chic look for less. I wanted to recreate this intricate mask with things you’d find at home in your craft cupboard. This way you can save major money and have fun at the same time. (A great thing about a mask is that it’s not just for Halloween— if you have any other holiday masquerades or costume parties in the next few months, you can use this mask!)

Check out my blog for the gold glitter mask version!

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You’ll need tulle or sheer fabric (I used tulle), fabric scissors, ribbon, black fabric paint, saran wrap, tape and my mask template that can be downloaded here.

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Print out the template and place on table. Then tape a piece of plastic wrap over it. Cut out your tulle to at least 10″x5″ and tape on top of plastic wrap.

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Make sure everything is taped down securely and start tracing the black part of the template with fabric paint. Let it dry overnight.  Gently peel tulle away from saran wrap.

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Cut out around the mask, including eyeholes.

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Cut two pieces of ribbon 20″ each. Spread a little fabric glue on the tips and attach them to the mask. Let dry 1-2 hours. (You can trim the strands shorter if you like, just make sure it will tie around your head before cutting!)


rmercado-cagampan (author)2016-07-22

I can't download! I keep getting this pop up ad to upgrade

You have to register or log into site first before you can download it. but there is nothing there as error message pops up on this 1

TerisaM1 (author)2017-01-22

Your template link is down. Love the idea so I'm going to try and find another template to use. Can't wait to see the finished mask.

MariaC55 made it! (author)2015-10-30

Thanks for that tutorial. I love it!

Ladylocz made it! (author)2015-10-15

Idk why but the Saran wrap wouldn't separate from the paint. I had to cut it away as best as I could. This was fun to make. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ladylocz (author)2015-10-15

My first attempt. However the Saran wrap did not come off. I had to cut it off

shaniquas (author)2014-12-30

i didn't use puff paint i had slick paint left over. does using the slick make a difference?

BLR_RAVI (author)2014-10-16


thehbird (author)2014-04-13

Well I knew puff paint was amazing but wow

evacooper made it! (author)2014-03-12

followed your idea.

pie popper (author)2014-01-12

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I went to a masquerade dance last spring and was able to make a mask both for me and my friend!

garling37 (author)2013-10-24

love this idea thanks for sharing it...

Keznaa (author)2013-05-05

So the Tulle didn't itch or irritate your face? What other kind of material would you recommend if you had sensitive skin. I want to make thus for my niece but I'm not sure if a 5 year Olds skin would do well with scratchy materials.

poofrabbit (author)2012-11-13

Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!

Thanks! (And thanks for letting me know I'm a finalist lol!)

scoochmaroo (author)2012-09-26

Gorgeous! I saw this on pinterest weeks ago, and am so glad you published it here. I had thought to try it, using liquid latex to adhere it directly to my temples instead of using a ribbon. I'll let you know if I try it out!

SWV1787 (author)scoochmaroo2012-09-28

I wouldn't recommended liquid latex but rather "spirit gum" it is a theatrical adhesive and can be found at any costume shop this time of year

sprinklesprings (author)SWV17872012-10-01

I tried it with eyelash glue and it worked perfectly if you have that as well. Here is the link for that post:

mjursic (author)2012-09-30

I teach a Grade 7-8 class in Toronto, Canada. This is going right into my art program in a couple of weeks. THANKS!

sprinklesprings (author)mjursic2012-10-01

Wow, that's great! I'd love to see photos after your class makes them! You can post them to my fb page:

bright.n.squirrelly (author)2012-09-30

That looks so cool, and it sounds simple enough that even a non-artist like me might be able to accomplish it. By the by, it kind of looks like you have a henna tattoo instead of a mask. Really neat. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks! Yes, it's so easy anyone can do it. And you're right- it does kind of look like henna, how funny!

ildegiron (author)2012-09-30

This is a very apropriate mask for such a beautiful face: it hides almost nothing.


jreefer1 (author)2012-09-30

I'd run out and do this right now...

jsammut-thornicroft (author)2012-09-30

I so love this! Thank you for sharing. I think I may try this one soon.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-09-26

I just love this! I have no reason to wear it, but I want one and I want to wear it all the time!

Lorddrake (author)2012-09-26

simple, yet brilliant.

l8nite (author)2012-09-25

thats thinking outside the box !

susanchen2011 (author)2012-09-25

wow. nice mask.

jessyratfink (author)2012-09-25

This is fantastic - what a neat way to make a mask! :D

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