Duct Tape Batman Mask

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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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mr.preukbdimitrov

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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

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seamsterbdimitrov

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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

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TheEpicStache

1 year ago

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

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John T MacF Mood

3 years ago

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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Swift Serpent

3 years ago

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!

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DylanA5

3 years ago on Introduction

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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seamsterDylanA5

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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.

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Cjeezy123

3 years ago

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

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seamsterCjeezy123

Reply 3 years ago

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.