Groot Mask Made for $10 or Less!




Introduction: Groot Mask Made for $10 or Less!

Items needed:

Very large cardboard box

Camouflage duct tape ($5)

Hot glue gun and glue

Brown paper (can use postal paper $4/roll, or a free brown paper bag)

Foam piece 6"x3"x2" (optional for padding for your forehead)

4"x2" Velcro ($3)

Bark (thinner is better)

Fake ($2) or real leaves and/or moss (free)


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Step 1: Cardboard Cutout

With your large cardboard box laid out flat, outline the shape of Groot's head, but leave an extra length of cardboard to the left and right of his face that you will fold around behind the face to make a cylindrical mask shape. Then cut it out. (See the next step for a better picture of the back of the mask.) You could probably use posterboard instead if needed. I added some padding to the nose area, since Groot's nose sticks out some. Then I covered it with postal paper to make a nice even blank slate.

Step 2: Form Back of Mask

Cut the cardboard on the back side of your cylindrical shape to form a band, long enough to overlap two pieces. Cover the back of the exposed cardboard with camouflage duct tape.

Step 3: Optional Foam Padding

I added a piece of foam duct-taped to the inside of the forehead area. This helped with comfort, but also helped the mask stay a few inches off my face too.

Step 4: Add Velcro

Place your Velcro on the band of the back of your mask. This makes it adjustable for multiple users.

Step 5: Glue on Bark!

This is the tedious step. Glue thin bark pieces all over the front of the mask using a hot glue gun. Do this with your mask already formed into the cylindrical shape, not lying flat. Thinner bark is best to keep the weight of the mask as light as possible. It will still be a little heavy.

Step 6: Add Foliage

Add a few pieces of leaves (I used fake ones) or moss (I will add this right before wearing it so it doesn't dry out and turn brown). And done!

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    11 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! Great job! Have you thought about doing a tutorial on how to do a full Groot costume?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    thanks. I'm working on the idea for the body...I am experimenting with some different materials and trying to find something wearable. Will update by Halloween if I come up with something great.


    Wow this is awesome I know what I'm wearing for Halloween! Thanks. this is especially good for me because i live wear i can just tear bark off a tree and no one would notice. All in all this is a great instructable with a lot of work put into it.


    5 years ago

    Great idea. Always nice to see cheap, homemade Halloween costumes- the way it should be.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    thanks for the compliments! Clear coat is a good idea. I entered this in the Halloween contest, and would love some votes if you all feel so inclined. :-)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is great, and groot. I liked the fact that its not uncomfortable. At least it appears that way. I would have just worn tree bark and messed up my face, but you added foam and a real backing to it and that makes way more sense. Great job.