Introduction: Terrible Teeth Mask for Less Than $20 -Glasses Compatible-

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Cheap, relatively easy to make if you have a hot glue gun, and it can be made in very little time! (Two or three days for me, one day if you having nothing else to do)

Step 1: Get Your Materials

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This is a flexible costume, so it's fine to change some of the materials for a different look.

You will need:

-A sturdy full face mask (can be found at hobby-lobby for $4. I messed around with mine, cutting extra nose and mouth ventilation)

-White polymer clay (I used sculpeyIII, which came in a $9 block and bakes in the oven.)

-Acrylic paint (a couple dollars)

+Black +Skin color, or red, blue, brown, and yellow to make your skin color +White for touchups on the teeth

-A hoodie (Optional--a wig can also cover the elastic bands, or a beanie hat, or whatever you want! I already had one, so I didn't figure it in the cost)

-Elastic bands or thin headbands ($2-3, not pictured in this step.)

-Black burlap or another black mesh to cover your eyes. (Make sure you can see through it!! However, a very creepy effect can be achieved by letting your eyes be seen from inside the mouth as well. Your call.)

-Hot glue/hot glue gun

-1" thick Upholstery foam (Optional, to make the mask compatible with glasses)

Step 2: Decide on Teeth and Placement

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I decided on big, pointy, terrifying teeth, but you might decide a big set of human teeth or wolf teeth would be creepier. Maybe fish teeth?

Whatever you decide, put on the mask and figure out where the "lips" should be, then draw the placement of the teeth bases on your mask.

Step 3: Make the Teeth

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After conditioning your clay (kneading it till it's soft), roll two same-sized lumps of clay into spheres. This will make sure the teeth are similar is size. start at the center of the top row of teeth and work outwards making teeth, two at a time.

Roll each ball into a long pointy cone and then bend it into a nice curve. Smush the fat end onto your mask to make a flat base to hot glue on later. The clay is fairly light, so you don't need a massive base.

Once all the teeth are done, carefully pull them off the mask and set them on their sides on a pan, in the correct order. Bake them according to the clay package instructions, but I would recommend baking for at least 30 minutes.

After the teeth have cooled off, sharpie the location on the tooth on the base. I used T and B to denote top and bottom, and then a number for the position left-to-right. Seriously, do this. They will all look the same if you jumble them and they all have a slightly different base.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you're making this for a child, don't make the teeth sharp!!! They seem soft when you make them but they do harden into something kind of dangerous after you cook them.

Step 4: Optional Glasses-compatibility Step

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Cut your foam into pieces similar to in the pictures and glue them inside the forehead and cheekbone areas, just test them before you hot glue to make sure you're not pinching your nose with foam or hitting your glasses.

I had to glue an additional half-thickness of foam on top of these because my glasses are extra wide and huge, and thus were jamming into my face with the mask on.

Step 5: Inside the Mouth

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First paint the area inside the mouth black--this keeps it from showing through the mesh or burlap.

Next, cut a rough shape of the black area from your fabric and hot glue it over the eyes, nose, and mouth. The teeth will cover up your rough edge, but don't actually get the fabric where the bases of the teeth will be glued. They might not sit correctly with thick fabric under them, or have a good grip on the mask.

Step 6: Attach Teeth

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I forgot to get a picture of this step, so these photos are actually the unbaked teeth on the mask, but you get the idea.

Hot glue the teeth where they should go, again working from the center to the edges. Once the teeth are all on, start carefully building up hot glue around the edges to form "lips", or make it look like the teeth are really coming up out of the skin. I used a popsicle stick to pull the warm hot glue away from the edge to make a rough blend into the rest of the mask. You'll see it in the next step.

You could make gums AND lips this way if you wanted, but you might start melting your mask with all the heat at once. Better to use clay or something for that if you wanted to.

Step 7: Paint!

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Here is where you really want to get as close as possible to the skin tone of your neck. If you're mixing the color, and have light skin, I would start with a yellow-y color and work in red, with a little blue and brown. If you have dark skin, it may be easier to find your color already mixed or just add blue, red, and yellow to a lighter brown to adjust it down.

I suppose you could use your own makeup if you have it, but I'm not sure how well it would stick and it might be messy.

Touch up any mistakes on the teeth with white, or just make it a gore fest and splatter them and the gums in dark red so no one will notice. :)

Step 8: Elastic

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That little elastic strap that comes with the mask probably didn't last through you trying it on. I bought skin-colored headbands at walmart and hotglued/tied them into the thing in the pictures. Remember that whatever elastic you use will stretch out a little, so make it slightly tighter than you think you'll need. Use plenty of hotglue to hold them on inside, but be careful not to melt your mask.

Wherever you make a knot, hot glue it to make sure it stays.

Step 9: Terrify Everyone.

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You're done! Now pop on a hoodie or beanie and head to that Halloween party.

I added two black plastic sickles from walmart for funsies, but a "Free Hugs" sign will work just fine, especially in a no-weapons-allowed place like school or work.

Also, don't be dumb. The teeth are sharp, and can hurt people.


Borniet made it! (author)2016-11-10

Thanks for a great instructable!!

Uruk-Hai made it! (author)2016-11-02

Thanks so much for the Intractable! We were looking for a scary mask for my 11 year old daughter's Halloween costume and this worked out just great! I used a cheap plastic costume hockey mask as the base since it had large eye holes and additional breathing/ventilation holes along with being sturdier to attach the teeth to. She loved the mask and got a ton of screams and scares from both kids and adults!

jbelgarde-simpson made it! (author)2016-11-01

My kids loved the idea and the costume.

SimonC5 (author)2016-10-31

Another picture.

SimonC5 made it! (author)2016-10-30

Thanks for this idea. Very Easy to do for my next Halloween party.

xiphroid made it! (author)2016-10-23

made this for Halloween last year and I'm currently working on another slightly different one for this year because the original sadly didn't make it through our move over the Summer :(

Myrian1 (author)2016-10-17

Years ago I made a dinosaur face with similar methods. This is fantastic! I used paper plate for the mask and stapled/rubber cemented all the parts. Then I put fish scales (from a nice size redfish) to cover the plate.

I love this so much! I'm going to combine it with the severed arm. Wish me luck!

myarnall made it! (author)2015-12-14

Thanks for this great and easy instructable! I made this mask for Halloween this year. I made a long black cape out of fleece to go with the mask - which made it exceptionally creepy! To lighten things up, I also made a detachable green cyclops monster hood with a giant googly eye and some green fleece. It's great worn both ways.

The fimo dough I had on hand and used was actually more of a fleshy peach color - a bit too pink to be teeth. I painted the baked teeth with white acrylic paint which worked great. Skipping this step would be easier, but if you want to use up your supply of odd colored clay, painting works well. Also, I skipped the step of building up gums with hot glue - the teeth stayed put and that detail wasn't missed, especially after I added the cape and eyeball.

theeJuicebox (author)myarnall2016-10-13

rrrrrrrreally digging the googly eye mod! looks like mike wazowski's evil twin

myarnall (author)theeJuicebox2016-10-14

Thanks theeJuicebox! It was really fun to put together and to wear. I originally intended to have two eyes, but decided one was more monster-ish!

Snibril made it! (author)2015-10-05

I decided I wanted different teeth but used the same method as you. They're milk jug teeth painted white and I added a few pale blue veins on the white skin. Nice instructable. :)

theeJuicebox (author)Snibril2016-10-14

these are somehow creepier than the original

ErinM18 (author)Snibril2015-10-05

OMG YAAAAAY IT LOOKS AWESOME! Even with the different teeth, it's definitely creepy enough!

Snibril (author)ErinM182015-10-06

I've decided to call it "Smiler". The name seems to suit. I'm just waiting for halloween now to see how many trick or treating teenagers will scream when I loom at them from the dark hallway... not little kids, that's just mean. :)

ErinM18 (author)Snibril2015-10-06

Ha ha ha ha at least you're nice to the little kids. XD I don't think I'll be as courteous. Smiler is an awesome name though! I name my costume/character Toothy Timmy. ;)

TheNecromancer13 (author)ErinM182015-10-08

Here's a prototype of my version... Kids gonna be screamin' all over the neighborhood... parents too... hehe...

theeJuicebox (author)2016-10-13

definitely making this for my husband this year. thank you for this bad ass (and creepy ass) idea!

pachytrance (author)2016-10-12

Awesome. thanks for sharing

Steelsmith1 (author)2016-10-12

Great Instructable. The fact that you made it glasses compatible was great, and it gives me ideas for other glasses compatible outfits. Thank you!

girlfoxgirl made it! (author)2016-10-03

I work at a haunted house and decided this would make a great mask for this year. Got a lot of scares and compliments- it worked great, and I already had nearly all the materials. One problem is that it just would not fit well with my glasses, even with foam inserts in a variety of arrangements. But I didn't need to see to scare everyone. ;)

chri5craft (author)2016-01-07

Could u make a how to on makeing the mouth move

T0BY (author)2015-12-06

Unlikely to get a snog wearing this! Very creepy!

Charmstub made it! (author)2015-10-23

Made mine yesterday while listening to the Black Tape Podcast! Thanks so much for the instructions! Halloween in going to be epic!

I love the Black Tapes! Seems like perfect listening material for this project!

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

thanks for the awesome project

David Catriel made it! (author)2015-10-29

Interesting to see everyone's attempt. This has really been an awesome DIY. Thx for the idea and guidance :)

jbelgarde-simpson made it! (author)2015-10-21

For my kids. THANKS!

mikebyers47 made it! (author)2015-10-18

Thanks for a fun project! I found that my small Arrow hot glue gun, even on the "high" setting, won't hurt the plastic of the mask at all, and was able to use hot glue to build up the "gums". I also like the effect of a thin yellow-brown wash on the teeth.

Mike Byers


jennifer.westmoreland (author)2015-10-14

Would REALLY like to find a way do do away with the nose profile, from the mask, but if we cut out the mask part, his nose would just press against the fabric, so it would still be there! lol several kids pointed out today they could 'see his nose', which, i wish they hadn't because now i'm obsessed!

jennifer.westmoreland made it! (author)2015-10-14

Made this last night, took less than an hour, and my son wore it today with a brown cape to the Ren Festival! What a fun time he had! Mine is not near as pretty, but SO much fun!

puggirl415 (author)2015-10-11

This is inspiring me for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. I was kinda thinking I might not dress up since I had no ideas for costumes. I imagine using the hoodie for Halloween and dressing like a skeleton and a mutant Frida Khalo costume for Day of the Dead. I'm going to just use stuff I have in the house so who knows what I'll make those teeth out of. Fun project!

octaviob2 (author)2015-10-09

estoy seguro que le hago el disfraz a uno de mis hijos para este hallowen

AdamT37 (author)2015-10-04

awsome im deffiantly making this

TheNecromancer13 (author)2015-10-01

I made a paper mache mask sort of like this which I made glasses-compatible as well. I did the glasses compatible part by making the outer layer be full of teeth and horns, and then a recessed inner layer moulded to shape around my glasses. I plan to make a costume that combines the mask, some old black curtains I have lying around for tattered robes, and my gas chainsaw with the chain taken off.

ErinM18 (author)TheNecromancer132015-10-02

Ha ha that sounds so awesome!!

TheNecromancer13 (author)ErinM182015-10-03

might not even bother to take off the chain... hehe...

The Angry Monk (author)2015-10-02

This is very cool! Thanks for sharing.

jeanniel1 (author)2015-10-02

Free hugs sign! Nice touch! Ha ha! Voted for this!!!

thundrepance (author)2015-10-02

funny, sick, & scary!! x^D .... i voted for you & favorited, too!

imerrymary (author)2015-10-01

Just when I thought I'd skip the 'mandatory costume' Halloween party! This is easy and awesome. I've got a low-temp glue gun that might not melt the mask so I'll try that first, plus it's safer if you get a finger in the way. Thanks!!

ajohnson119 (author)2015-10-01

Love it .. I know what I'll be going as this Halloween!
Thank you.

chefranger (author)2015-10-01

Pretty Amazing

jbauer4 (author)2015-10-01

Really cool!

ashleyjlong (author)2015-09-30

This looks great with the hoodie! If I saw that coming down the sidewalk at night I'd be running the other way!

rayleb (author)2015-09-30

hella cool, may be my costume this year

ErinM18 (author)rayleb2015-09-30

Thanks!! I'd love to see some more teeth monsters wandering around this halloween!

mandyee (author)2015-09-30

Terrifyingly awesome, great job! :)

I think this Instructable qualifies for the First Time Author Contest too...?

ErinM18 (author)mandyee2015-09-30

Thank you! Oh, I didn't know there was a First Time Author contest. I think I'll go enter since there is one! Thanks!

tomatoskins (author)2015-09-28

So creepy! I love it!

ErinM18 (author)tomatoskins2015-09-30

Hey, Thanks! :D

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