Duct Tape Batman Mask

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Introduction: Duct Tape Batman Mask

About: I got an old sewing machine when I was just a kid, and I've been hooked on making stuff ever since. My name is Sam and I'm a community manager here at Instructables.

Here's a Dark Knight version batman mask made of mostly duct tape.

It's fairly rough, but maybe it'll inspire somebody. Enjoy!

Step 1: Custom Fit for Your Head

What you'll need:

  • some duct tape and a plastic grocery bag
  • a good cutting mat (I have a couple mats, but this double-sided Alvin brand one is my favorite. I highly recommend getting a 24" by 26" one)
  • a hobby knife (pick up a basic X-acto set if you don't have one)

To start, I laid out lots of strips of duct tape on my cutting mat, and sliced them into various sized smaller strips. Using a plastic grocery bag to protect my head, I started putting tape all over my head to get my personal head-shape. I trimmed off extra plastic as I went. My head was sweating like crazy, as plastic and duct tape don't breath very well...

Step 2: The Lucha Libre Mask Phase

Added strips of tape to cover nose and cheeks, leaving eye holes.

Step 3: Nose Piece

I used a sharpie to draw on the mask (while it was still on) where to cut out to make room for a nose piece. This was made through trial and error with triangular pieces of cardboard folded down the middle until I got one that fit comfortably over my nose. Another triangular piece was taped across the bottom to make it rigid. Then the nose piece was taped into place.

Step 4: Let the Shaping Begin

Once the nose piece was in place, I stuffed the entire thing full of wadded grocery bags and put a few pieces of tape across the chin area to keep the whole thing in a solid, head shape.

At this point I had to just sculpt till I had results I could live with. I used wadded newspaper wrapped in masking tape to get the shapes I needed, and then taped them on. Using a snap-blade style utility knife with a sharp blade fully extended, I trimmed off extra bulk as needed.

I had to put about a six-inch slice in the back of the mask to get it on and off.

The antennae were made of cardboard with newspaper on the inside to add bulk.

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238 Discussions

Could I just ask how much ducktape did you use for the cowl and neck peace? Very nice btw ;)

Ooh, nice! That looks like it turned out excellent. Thank you for sharing your photos!

I'm planning to make a daredevil version. your tutorial is amazing, thanks!

Gorilla (TM) Brand makes a jet black glossy duct tape that would be perfect for this. Just avoid sticking it to any skin, especially delicate skin, it is EXTREMELY sticky.

Great project, saving for later....

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Hi! I love the way you made the batman mask! I would like to ask how you made the eye shapes on your mask?

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Hey, glad you like this! I made this so long ago, that I actually don't remember any more details than what is already included here. Hopefully it's enough to get you going in the right direction though. Best of luck!

its taken me 45 mins and still not done... But it's coming along how did you create the bulk right above the eyes though ?

Thx

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I used wadded newspaper wrapped in masking tape to get the shapes I needed, and then taped them on. Using a snap-blade style utility knife with a sharp blade fully extended, I trimmed off extra bulk as needed.

Seamster, how do you fit the plastic bag on your head to a spot where eye holes can be created?

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Hi! I didn't pull the bag down over my eyes. I just pulled it to about my eyebrows and then scrunched up all the extra bag material at the back of my head. Hope that helps!

Eesh... I don't remember! : \

But I'd guess if you had about 10 - 15 yards available per person, you'd be more than okay.