Introduction: Paper Mache Phantom of the Opera Mask

Do you have anyone in your life who is obsessed with The Phantom of the opera? Or maybe you are just trolling the internet for a easy paper mache recipe? Well for the schools and Theater Geeks in the world I have a mask for you (to make).This is my first instructable so let's get to it!


  • 4 Sheets of White Scrap Paper (full)
  • Mod Podge (Glossy) Small Tub
  • Mannequin Head
  • Tin foil
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush
  • Buckets (2)
  • Paper Water mixture (1 part water to 1 part glue)

Optional Pieces: Sandpaper, Off-white paint

Step 1: Preparation

Firstly you'll want to grab your Mannequin Head and make sure the hair is tied back then grab your Tin Foil. You'll want to put the Tin Foil onto the Mannequin Head and fit it into all of the crevices of the eyes, lips, and nose. Then after this you will want to grab your 4 sheets of paper and Scissors. You'll want to cut up the paper to about the size of your thumb or smaller. You can leave the cuttings in the first bucket. In the second bucket you will want to prepare your Glue water mixture.

Step 2: Making the Paper Mache

In this process you will want to combine the glue/water mixture slowly, letting the paper dissolve and take in the mixture. By the end the texture should feel lumpy and just barley stick together. It will feel like cold cooked muesli or oatmeal.

Step 3: Forming the Mask

In this process you will want to slowly place the paper mache onto the Mannequin Head making sure you like the shape on top and nothing is drastically sticking out. You might want to use a brush at this point to smooth and shape the mask to be concave or convex.

Step 4: Drying and Sanding

Now you let it dry (I let it dry over the weekend). Then you will want to either want to use scissors to cut down the mask to size and sculpt it, or for a better result sandpaper it to liking.

Step 5: Mod Podge

For this step you will want to slap a lot of mod podge for a glossy texture on the outside. Like a good 1/4 of an inch of just mod podge. Add a lot on. To the point of leaving your room smelling of mod podge for a week.

Step 6: Optional Steps; Painting and Final Mod Podge

Then after this you can paint your mask on the outside a nice off white color and some shading on the cheekbones or forehead if desired. Now finish up your project by simply putting a thin layer of mod podge on the now painted mask.

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