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Having a bad face day and wish you looked a little more rigid? Want to wear something a little more personal this Carnival? Want a novel way to provide protection from harmful sun rays and can't stand gooey sunblock?

This Instructable will walk you through all the steps to make it happen. It uses kongorilla's "Low Poly Mask", but takes it a step further by Photoshopping selfies onto the papercraft file to make it uniquely you. It works for males and females, and tends to come out on the creepy side of Creeptown.

To complete this project, you'll need a basic understanding of Photoshop, but absolutely no 3D modeling skills. The whole process only takes about an hour. Let's get paperfying!

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Step 1: Supplies Needed

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First and foremost, you'll need to head on over to Thingiverse and download kongorilla's sweet papercraft plans (here). It's only 8 pieces and he did a rad job of making it easy to assemble by having the instructions illustrated in the negative spaces. I printed one here to figure out how it goes together first, but it's not a necessary step.

You'll also need a pair of scissors and some kind of adhesive. I recommend hot glue: it's strong and dries immediately. If you want a faceted geometric look to your face, you'll want a ruler and an dull blade for scoring as well. Finally, you'll need at least 3 sheets of cardstock paper. It's not totally necessary, but I highly recommend using it over regular printer paper (nobody likes a limp face).

To the face!

Step 2: Selfies!

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Take two snapshots of your face: one from the front and one from the side. Try to keep the lighting even and avoid strong shadows and duck lips. I pulled my hair back so no hair gets in the picture.

Open the three Low Poly Mask .png files (I prefer the "Faintline" file) and the two selfies with Photoshop. PS time!

kongorilla10 months ago

It was a nice surprise to find this project in the weekly Instructables email. Thanks for the kind words about the mask and sending people my way! Your instructions are hilarious and the results take the mask to a new level of weirdness (and Martha says "That's a good thing."). And thanks for following the license (a rarity that is greatly appreciated!).

codysseus (author)  kongorilla10 months ago

hah, glad you and mrs. stewart approve. you did a smashing job designing it and i'm glad i could find alternative uses for it. i'm a big fan of creative commons- will be posting some original stuff under it here very soon. cheers, thanks again-

Akiryx10 months ago

Definitely want to do this and make a Kage Bunshin no Jutsu picture.

DIY-Guy10 months ago


I'm wondering about "Planet of the Apes" and "Simpsons" faces just for fun. Or even orange peel texture for skin merged with a face image. Quite creepy I think, and facial recognition software may need to improve to get past the confusing images.

codysseus (author)  DIY-Guy10 months ago

yeah- good call! one of my students is making a goku mask, which works pretty well because of the mask's angularity. really works with anything!

thundercookie10 months ago


haha really creapy with just the right amount of identity theft options:P great work!

wendyland10 months ago

Very cool. I'm just disappointed that there wasn't a pic with the mask on!

codysseus (author)  wendyland10 months ago

added another shot at the last step wearing it! enjoy-

Snerdguy10 months ago

That is pretty neat. Someone may eventfully develop a vending machine that will make it and cut it out for a customer so they can can just fold it and wear it. It might be the next big fad to wear your friend's "face". Thanks for the instructions.

codysseus (author)  Snerdguy10 months ago

love it! maybe it could also be connected to wifi, and print out based on facebook profile pic.

AZSobo10 months ago

Inventive, cool and (with all due respect) somewhat creepy.

OffDisplay10 months ago
I think using only one pic from one side might add to creepiness. Since most people's faces aren't symmetrical this might make the mask appear even more strange. Would it be terribly hard to use two side pictures?

Jeepers that's scary..

rodrigo G10 months ago

Espectacular ..! Genio loco :)

tovey10 months ago


Now, when I go as myself to a Halloween party, no one can say I'm not wearing a mask.


Znaffi10 months ago

A-W-E-S-O-M-E! My face is ready to print, and fold. I can't wait to see how it looks like... :D

Your instructable is also really funny! (Does this instructable require Netflix?)

codysseus (author)  Znaffi10 months ago

a netflix account is not required- especially if you have a friend that has one. post it up- i'm curious to see how other people's faces came out!

Salils10 months ago

Cool stuff, any pictures of someone wearing the mask? Would be great/creepyerr to see what it looks like with someone's eyes behind it...

ecsaul2310 months ago

very cool!