Halloween Project: Add Realism to a Store-Bought Werewolf Mask! {UPDATED!}

12,984

134

10

Introduction: Halloween Project: Add Realism to a Store-Bought Werewolf Mask! {UPDATED!}

About: I am a mortuary student, and an artist with a passion for the strange and bizarre!

Most low-budget Halloween masks and costumes purchased direct from a store tend to have a plastic, artificial look to them. However, you don't need to spend a fortune to add an extra touch of realism to an existing product. This werewolf outfit I put together is a prime example!

Materials needed:

  • Mask of choice (preferably something rigid, rather than the flexible latex type)
  • Airbrush
  • Paint
  • Replica eyes (taxidermy or craft-store doll eyes)
  • Window screening
  • Hot glue

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Paint!

A good paint job can drastically effect the appearance of your mask, from looking generic into something that seems much more real and ferocious!

Both the fur and plastic/latex portions of the mask can be airbrushed with success. Use acrylic paints. For added detail I also hand-painted the teeth and gums, and added a gloss finish to them.

Step 2: Add the Eyes

Adding eyes gives your mask a much more fearsome, realistic look than if you simply left the eye holes blank.

Begin by gluing a piece of black window screen mesh over the back side of each eye hole. This will hide your "real" eyes but will still be easy to see through when you wear the mask.

Next, you will need to glue artificial eyes atop the screen mesh. For this mask I used glass taxidermy coyote eyes. You can buy taxidermy eyes for many species in many different colors, depending on the look you'd like for your mask.

Optionally, you can use epoxy putty to sculpt around the eyes to make them blend more smoothly into the face.

Let all of your glue and epoxy cure thoroughly, and the mask is then ready to wear!

Step 3: Wear and Scare!

Now that your mask is finished, you can add your choice of details to the rest of your outfit to further add to its appearance. With matching synthetic fur, you can make paw gloves, a chest piece, a tail, etc. (For the tail on this one, I actually used an extra large, real fox tail!)

I also glued some extra foam padding inside the mask for a more snug and comfortable fit.

So get creative and have fun scaring those Trick-or-Treaters this year! ...And you'll scare 'em good, because now the "big bad wolf" no longer looks like he's made out of plastic!

Halloween Costume Contest

Participated in the
Halloween Costume Contest

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • Sew Fast Speed Challenge

      Sew Fast Speed Challenge
    • Fandom Contest

      Fandom Contest
    • Jewelry Challenge

      Jewelry Challenge

    10 Discussions

    0
    Isaac10
    Isaac10

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I remember I was a where wolf one year

    Thought I might put my dog on there hehe I don't have the guy no more I lost him in around Agust his name was Buster he was a American Pitbull Terreir

    image.jpg
    0
    aichan25.
    aichan25.

    5 years ago on Step 3

    i did something similar to this , i altered the teeth and used the ears to some animitronic ears.

    i plan to do better with my new one thats gonna be a monster

    these things are very cool for upgrading and customising

    0
    UndeadArts
    UndeadArts

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool, thanks for sharing! There are so many creative things that can be done with these masks, rather than just wearing them straight out of the box :) Keep up the great work!

    0
    rmurnan
    rmurnan

    5 years ago

    if you wanted it to me Web extremely scary should have worn a chevy hat lol



    good job I like

    0
    Phoenix Flare
    Phoenix Flare

    5 years ago

    Wow! You look awesome in the costume! The eyes are so lifelike.....

    0
    patsheldon
    patsheldon

    5 years ago on Introduction

    scares me like the wolf did on Never Ending Story lol =). Looks great tho! In a very scary way! ;)

    0
    NathanSellers
    NathanSellers

    5 years ago

    I love what you did with the eyes. Great idea.

    That makes a huge difference in the realism of the mask! Nicely done and good write up!