Harry Potter: Make a Death Eater Mask!




So me and my friend wanted our costumes for the book launch to be EPIC. Everyone always dresses as Harry Potter, or some form of Hogwarts student, and I have been guilty of that in the past. However after seeing the masks that Death Eaters are going to be wearing for the OotP movie, we knew there was only one thing we could do.

This is my first time making any sort of mask, so bear with me if I'm suggesting something incorrect. :) The end result turned out pretty spectacular though!

Most of these pictures were taken by friends while we were making the masks (ie. not for the purpose of an instructable), so they're not necessarily the best for an this and I'm probably missing some photographic steps.

If anyone decides to use my project, PLEASE send me some pictures! I would love to see your masks!

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

You will need:

Plaster Bandages - these are bandages already coated in plaster (meaning you just need to add water). I found mine at my local art store.
Aluminum Foil
Lots of newspaper
A Bucket of warm water
Headband to hold up your hair
Metallic Acrylic paints
A friend

Step 2: Prep Work

If you're not sure exactly how you want your mask to look like, head over to Death Eater Art for some inspiration. It will help to sketch out your mask beforehand, especially if you want to leave holes around the mouth area.

Find a nice spot on the floor and lay down the newspaper. Although this isn't too messy if you're careful, you don't want to get plaster all over the floor.

Get a few globs of vasaline and rub it all over your face. Make sure to cover your eyebrows, hairline, sideburns, and any other facial hair well. It can be pretty painful to remove the mask if you forget this vital step!

We wanted to be able to talk through our masks at the book launch/movie premiere, and since plaster would have set directly over our face we wouldn't be able to move our mouths. If you unroll some aluminum foil, fold it in half, and squish it over your lower jaw, that should leave enough room for you to talk behind the mask. It will make your final mask look somewhat gorilla like, but I think it's even more menacing. :)

Cut two pieces of straw about two inches long. These pieces of plastic will fit glamorously up your nose, enabling you to breathe.

Cut your plaster bandages into strips of varying lengths.

I'm blind without my glasses and I don't have contact lenses. What I did was take the lenses off my old glasses and laid them over my eyes. Once the mask comes off, you can glue the lenses inside the mask.

Step 3: Start Making the Mask

Now it's time to put your trust in your friend. You will need to lay on top of the newspapers face-up (might be good to lay on a towel/pillow as the floor can be quite hard, and you'll be there for a while). You friend will take the plaster bandages, dip them in water, squeeze off the excess, and start plastering up your face.

Step 4: Modify Mask

Once your mask is finished, wait another 10-15 minutes before removing it. If you're having trouble, try scrunching up your face, saying the vowels, blinking rapidly, raising your eyebrows, etc. Anything to stretch your skin and get the plaster off. If you haven't rubbed your hairy bits with enough vasaline, this step might be a little traumatic.

Once the mask is off your face, you can now shape it with the remaining plaster. I added more depth to the forehead, nose, and cheeks. I also added a 'ring' around the eye sockets as seen in some of the official death eater art. Once you're happy with the mask, let it dry overnight resting on a ball of aluminum in case it starts to buckle.

Step 5: Paint the Mask

Get out your metallic paints and paint-er-up! This is a stage where it is helpful to have your sketch to refer back to.

Once you're done painting, let it dry. Attach elastics/ribbon to the back using super-glue (I needed an anchor above and below my ears, as well as over the top of my head. The mask is a little heavy!).

I glued my lenses to the back of the mask using a glue gun. I also left a ring of glue around the lenses where it makes contact with my face, as I found without that extra space my eyeballs were pressing up against the lenses and it was quite painful. Just wear contact lenses if you have them!

Step 6: Wear It!

Grab your longest cloak, blackest gloves and boots, and don your mask! Memorize some curses! Pose grumpily for pictures! Scare small children! :)

For my wand, I've used this great instructable.

Also, for added authenticity, henna-tattoo a dark mark on your left forearm!



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    74 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    You know if you want to not use your own face you could buy your own foam mannequin head and use plaster over that easier and only need one person.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    if you dont want vasaline all over your face or mask you can use a wet paper towel or two. I did that when we had to make masks in art class and it keeps most of the mess off your face altogether. most people were able to wipe a tiny bit of plaster off their face with a wet towel.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Instead of doing all that work with the plaster bandages(I hate those...), couldn't you just buy one of those cheap plastic masks that they have at Michaels, and cut out the holes with an X-Acto knife?

    Anyway, thanks for the instructable!
    I'm going to surprise my sister with a Lucius mask at Christmas. =]

    3 replies

    thats a good idea but i think the plaster way is so the mask fits on your face perfectly, where the store brought ones are a random persons face shape.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    last time i made a moulded plaster mask tiny bits of plaster went under my eyelids, it hurt A LOT. not moving your face while is sets is easier said than done. also- i dont know if you mentioned it in the instructable but in my experience the inside of the mask remains vaselined forever more.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I couldn't find this on the internet but my friend was paranoid of getting it in her eyes as someone told her it could blind her. I imagine if the plaster had a chance to harden in there it would not be a good thing! Yes, not moving your face is easier said than done. Make sure to tell your friends not to turn up the music and start prancing around like pirates while your mask is setting! The inside of my mask isn't too vasaline-y actually, but I did leave it on for quite a while as it set so maybe my skin absorbed most of it? It is a little slick around the forehead.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    well plaster hardened touching my eyes and i didnt go blind my eyes and mouth were covered so i couldnt see anyone prancing around but i spent half an hour gesturing for them to turn of the james blunt on the radio to no avail


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    u could try dunking tissue paper in plaster of paris and let it harden that way... it has basically the same effect, maybe somewhat thinner


    9 years ago on Step 6

     xD i think i'll get one of those cheap halloween masks instead of my face. :] don't think i'll be able to bear having wet plaster on my face for long =D

    this is great, btw :3


    9 years ago on Step 3

    just so u kno ur actually supposed to start at the nose with a criss cross cuz thats where most of the masks strength is trust me i made like 5 masks out of plaster bandages but good job none the less


    9 years ago on Step 6

    i was a deatheater last halloween ;)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I didn't use paper mache, but rather another, similarly uncomfortable process of cutting and taping pieces of cardstock to my face until the shape was correct. I painted it with a latex primer to add some weight and solidity. The final paint-job was done with a coat of silver acrylic, over which I applied masking tape designs when it was dry. I then coated it with a mix of black and silver, peeled off the masking tape, and viola! It might be too late to make a mask for the premier tonight, but I hope this gives someone some ideas for the future. : )