How to Make a Rorschach Mask




In the midst of this new craze for Watchmen, and more specifically the Rorschach character, I thought I might give the whole costume thing a shot. Now the rest of the costume is self explanatory, and the thing that people have the most problems with, is the actual mask.

This is a really easy and quick project to do. Although the mask does not move, it's still pretty neat.

BTW: This is my first Instructable, so please be easy if I made any mistakes. If you have any comments, suggestions, or pictures of YOUR mask, please, I beg of you to leave a comment!


Step 1: Materials

The materials you need are fairly easy to come by, except for the fabric used for the actual mask.

A black sharpie,
Black stocking (that can fit over your head)
*White sleeve(or white tights sleeve that can fit over your head)
Small Trashcan
**Rorschach Images
Safety Pin or sewing kit

*= I'm not sure if any of you have ever gotten a cast, but they put this sleeve over your leg before they do anything else. But anyways, I screwed up my knee earlier this week, they decided to put me in a cast to be on the safe side, and when they put that sleeve over my leg I realized it was stretchy enough to fit over my head. I asked for some extra, so the nurse gave me a load of extra sleeve(like 20 feet). I highly recommend this material, because it allows for great visibility, and it is very breathable, and it's lightweight. I could go on and on, but I wont. haha
I am pretty sure that you can get the material from a medical supply(or surplus) store for really cheap. So I don't think you have to worry about having to break your leg to get some.

**I have included some of the Rorschach templates that I have made in Illustrator. Some are based off of other Rorschach images. You can use these and print them out, just remember that under "Page Scaling" when you print this out, click "None". I have made the PDFs to be printed on 8.5x11 inch paper.

Step 2: Tracing the Rorschach Image

In this step, you need to tape the rorschach image to the trashcan or whatever you have, and slip the sleeve onto the trashcan. Remember to leave a little extra on the bottom, so it can go under your shirtline!

Now trace the image onto the white sleeve with the sharpie. Start by tracing the outline through the sleeve. Then after you have the outline done, continue drawing in the rest. Make sure you go over the fabric with the sharpie to not leave any white threads within the outline.

Tip: You might want to air out the sleeve for a while, until the Sharpie ink and all the fumes dry. It never bothered me, but who knows about you.

Step 3: Try the Mask on and Trim

First of all, put on the black stocking. This is so that your facial features get obscured while your wearing the white part.

Now slide on the white Rorschach mask. Make sure that everything is centered on your face the best you can.

Now take the excess and cut it off a little bit above your head. Don't try and cut too close to your head, because you might cut too close, making the mask too short. It's just better safe than sorry in my books!

Step 4: Sew or Secure

This step is really simple.

Turn the sleeve inside out and sew or secure the top of the sleeve.

Turn the sleeve outside in, and you now have your Rorschach Mask!

Step 5: Fin!

Now that you have your mask, what are you going to do with it? Go break fingers in the city's underworld? Go eat beans out of Dan's house?

I don't know about you, but I am going to comic con with it once I get the rest of my costume all done!

If you have any comments, suggestions, or pictures of YOUR mask, please, I beg of you to leave a comment!



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115 Discussions


7 months ago

Here’s my female version. Thanks for the tips!! Was able to finish up my costume with a couple hours to spare before taking the kiddos trick or treating, bc of your post. Thanks again!


"They will look up to me, crying 'Help Us!, and I will say 'No.'"

Rorschach is my favorite DC character, good job


5 years ago on Introduction

SUPER JOB and VERY COOL! Will file this one in my memory bank in event one of the grand children needs a costume. Thanks!
P.S: For those who don't care for the smell of a Sharpie, I would imagine any type of paint pen would do, Doesn't necessarily have to be for fabrics as most are water-base acrylics anyways so are safe yet washable. (ie: Tulip paint has a line of different types. My favourite for fabric is called Tulip Soft Fabric Paint that you brush on and comes in a bottle.)


Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

No, this one doesn't. It's just a simple cheap one.

For a moving one you'd need thermochromatic paint.

Here's an Instructable:


7 years ago on Introduction

Looks good, but where did you buy the sleeve thingy? I can't find one anywhere, and I really wanna make one


7 years ago on Introduction

thank you so much for this - it was super helpful! here's my version (and yes, i'm a girl, and i didn't want to be silk spectre).

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7 years ago on Introduction

Thanks for the tips bro! Check these mad pics. Too much fun!


I cant get the smell to air out!!! i left it on a hanger for 2 days, and then when that didnt work, i used febreeze, but it still smells!!!!!!!!!!!! PLZ HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Maybe a drop of essence oil. If it's the good (expensive) stuff, I recommend no more than a single drop. Seriously, one of my sons got hold of it and dripped about a teaspoon worth into his bath, stunk out the whole house for the next three days....


Reply 7 years ago on Step 5

Of course the smell won't come out! This a Rorschach mask we're talking about. It SHOULD smell bad.


9 years ago on Introduction

Just thought I'd chime in and say thanks for this awesome instructable.  I also did a bit of searching online myself, if any of you out there in the US are having trouble finding tubigrip, in the states it seems we call it stockinette material.  Googling said phrase will help you turn up more US suppliers, and also if you're like me and just plan on running down to the medical supply store you know what to ask the clerk for.  Thanks again for this awesome technique.

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Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Thanks so much for finding the actual name for the material! I tried looking all over the internet for what it was called because I had no idea! :)

u could use glow in the dark paint link

to buy for americans

link for british people