So after looking around online I decided I didn't quite like any of the plague doctor masks that I was seeing as far as tutorials, it all seemed like a lot of extra work for something that never turned out very clean.I decided to throw caution to the wind and just take elements of masks I've seen that I liked for inspiration and try and make one up on my own. I decided on a base of crafting foam, I've yet to see one made out of it which surprised me (maybe I wasn't looking in the right places) but it bends nicely and still has a firmness to it.  So here's what I did if anyone is interested:

You'll need:
Crafting Foam sheet (x2, one for the mask and one for the straps for the back)
clear colored plastic binder divider
fabric of your choice (thinner/lighter the better, you'll be hand-stitching a lot)
wire gauge, stiff enough to hold a shape on it's own and not instantly bend
black paint (forgot to picture, i used acrylic)
hot glue gun and sticks
needles of your choice (need to be durable and go through a lot)
any decor embellishments
paper and pen (to make the template)
something round to make the circles for the eyes and something straight to draw the lines


Step 1: Make A Template

using sheets of paper determine the size and shape you want your mask to have. The key elements are the left/right side panels, the bottom left/right panels, and the top panel (later you'll make the eye cutouts and head straps).

(attached are the scans of mine, the right panel is the same as the left, just face the flip side up and then they are symmetrical *also sorry for the poor lines, my scanner did not like me but I tried my best* originally cut out of computer paper so when I scanned it in I kept the same dimensions)
<p>I made this mask, very helpful tutorial.</p><p>however, here are some tips to help other users not make the same mistakes i did while making this costume.</p><p>1. I accidentally bought foam board instead of craft foam. Don't do that. 'nuf said.</p><p>2. At jo ann fabrics, i found my materials for putting overt the foam in the red tag section. I used black fake leather for mine, works great. Just make sure to use a big needle.</p><p>3. I used tape to hold my pieces together while sewing. Makes it a lot easier for the item to hold its shape while sewing. I used both hot glue and stitching to hold mine together, as well as a bit of e 6000 to patch up some parts. </p><p>4. For my eyes, I used some hardware such as washers and plastic mesh to make somewhat steampunk eyes, I used stitches, hot glue, and e 6000 to hold the eyes in place.</p><p>5. I used elastic for my strap, much easier and holds the mask to your face better. I stitched my elastic in and then used hot glue to hold it in place as well. </p><p>6. When hot gluing, i reccomend gluing the middle of the fabric to the mask so that i lies flatter. </p><p>Overall great tutorial, I just wanted to help people not make the same mistakes I did.</p>
<p>yeah i got foam board 2</p>
<p>finished! 2 bad it rained this halloween</p>
<p>This is really helpful. I do have one question though. About how easy was it to breathe? Like, how often would you have to take the mask off to breathe fresh air?</p>
I sewed the bottom of mine together and the gaps in the bottom allow for breathing.
Hey before I make this I wanted to ask how you get the measurements
I made my side pieces around 9&quot; long and the top piece around 9&quot; as well
a photo of the completed mask
<p>Thank you for the instructions, you made it much easier for me to get along with my project.</p>
What were the originals made of? leather?
Mine was made out of a fabric I found at Joanns that that had a leather look but was actually a very thin fabric, the thinner the fabric with this method the better as stitching will then have less to go through! if you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask!
<p>making this 4 halloween. wish me luck!</p>
Would leather work just as good?
<p>Done the same as the one featured here except i used curtain rings for the eyes and didn't do the wider parts on the side of the straps........no lenses in the eyes allows you to breath ok.</p>
<p>Love it! A whole lot more steampunkier it is! Now, where did I see that.... *runs off to get supplies*</p>
<p>The stitching was a bit tricky but so far I've made the main part of the mask. I just need to craft a pair of eyepieces. I would include an image but I don't have a working camera at the moment.</p>
<p>I MADE IT! Thanks for the help!</p>
<p>I like this build AND the instructions. The only thing i would change is make the lenses black or red. It just looks cool.</p>
<p>Of all the tutorials out there with both the ones being sold and free on the internet, this one was easy to follow with only a few steps. It allowed for me to tweak it a little to fit my forehead better. It also leaves room for the maker to modify it a bit to change the beak shape and such. I made mine out of white soft thin craft foam (stuff they use to line the inner part of the shoes, table mats, and coasters) and hand stitched it all together with black thread using the ladder stitching style that looks like a bunch of Xs lined up..I did not have time to do the proper mod you had for the eye sockets, but I put a quick projector sheet cut out and glue....The head strap is just a strip of the foam I hand stitched on that acted as a rubber band like thing that made the mask stay on.. It took about 5 hours because of the hand stitching and no glue..Oh and how did you breath out of yours? I had to cut out a 2 inches x 0.5 inch rectangle holes on each of the right and left bottom, which were only noticable if I looked way up or looked under the beak..</p>
I have been looking at making one of these but I have been procrastinating over the type of leather and how much to get and what colour. I could probably get this done without needing to find a leather shop and it probably won't cost me as much. <br> <br>Nice thinking!
<p>We just got tooling leather from Hobby Lobby for 10 dollars to make the whole project and have some to spare! we are going to make one tonight for my son for Halloween!! (And Ebola protection)</p>
How much leather did you get because that's how I'm making mine
I just posted an i made it pic of mine if that helps
I got a mid size bag of tooling leather at hobby lobby And a punch tool to punch holes because we laced it together at the seems. Its multicolored and every piece is different. I still have leather left over... but they are scraps in the bag so you just have to make sure you have pieces big enough. The measurement was the hard part. I made a few templates with paper and glued them togethrr and i had my son try them all on and tweeked things here and there intil we had a basic... and even then with the leather it was constant trying it on and altering as we went. Also.. it held its shspe pretty well so we didnt need the wire.
Thank you so much!
Using tooling leather scraps from hobby lobby.. this was a first trial run , and it went pretty well. We did not use the wire.
I don't think mine turned out well lol. I had to buy to different types of foam and I couldn't get the dimensions right! But it's an A+ for effort on my part! Thanks for making this!
<p>Thank you so much. The only difference is the that I use glue.</p>
<p>Mine turned out awesome! Thanks! I used a spray craft adhesive to glue my faux leather to the craft foam since I figured that there would be less glue to sew through when I began to stitch. To make my eyes glow I used a camping headlamp with a red gel taped over it. The eye pieces are purse grommets (bought at Joann Fabrics). I wanted my beak to be nice and curved so I used one piece unstead of the two shown in the pattern above.</p>
<p>I'd been considering making one for a while, but until I found your page I really didn't know how to get started. Thanks!</p>
<p>Is it possible to just stitch without gluing? Haven't worked with craft foam before, so I don't really know much about it.</p>
<p>Thank you so much for getting me started on this! I have wanted to do something like this for a long time and with your ideas I was able to get on the right track!</p>
I will using this handy device to protect myself and family from the imminent Ebola scare.
<p>You kid, but I swear I couldn't help thinking the same thing as I work on this project! </p>
<p>thank you very much for sharing your patterns....this is my wip plague mask.</p><p>greetings from mexico</p>
<p>hello XD i need to make one o these for a play, how did you make yours look like it was made from metal?</p>
<p>This is just wonderful!! So glad I found it. Project for next weekend with the boyfriend for his Halloween costume, thank you for sharing! My only question is this...we're not sold on actually closing the whole mask up (I know, kind of straying from history)..so how would we be able to maintain the shape of the mask without adding the underside? I hope that makes sense. I thought maybe a crossing pattern of the wire could support it. Any suggestions? We will definitely post some shots when finished! You did great!</p>
Step 8 you can see the bottom, I decided to go with two triangles to create a more round shape but if you want you could easily just put the two together and make one piece instead :) thanks so much for the interest, if you have anymore questions just let me know!
<p>do you have any pictures of the bottom of the mask? i was interested in how you put it together. and i was wondering if just making one big triangle would work better?</p>
<p>I made it! Thank you sooo sooo much!! *-*</p>
<p>what materials did you use?</p>
<p>Only craft foam. </p>
<p>This worked like a charm, thanks a lot.</p>
<p>made it for my culminating history project (:</p>
<p>Awesome thank you x</p>
So are you planning to do more mask like a bear mask?
<p>Thank you so much for this Instructable! I modified the template a little and made one for the Arcade Fire concert in Pittsburgh. I received so many compliments. ^u^</p>
Very cool! Thank you for the templates

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