Leather Sugar Skull Masks




About: I love to make all kinds of things and I love art!

You will need. Leather, scissors, xacto knife, paint, and water.

Step 1: Patterns

Find some patterns online or draw your own. Make sure they fit your face shape and you can see out of the eye holes and nose hole. Print out the paper and cut this out.

Step 2: Cutting Shape

Place fitted patterns on the leather you are using. Preferably one that you can stand up on its own. Trace patterns on leather. Cut them out with the scissors and the and the xacto knife.

Step 3: Shaping

For the perfect shape use your face, if not get the plastic masks from a hobby store and you can form to those masks just as easily. Wet the leather, just enough that it starts to conform to your face. Work the leather while drying. This will take some time so be patient. You may have to do this process a few times for the shape to stay.Let the mask dry. Try on once again and make sure nothing is poking your face, if it is cut if off and you are ready for painting!

Step 4: Painting

Let mask completely dry and make sure it is to your liking. Pick a paint that is leather specific, other paints will chip and fall off. Once done painting punch holes in both sides and use leather cord to tie the mask on your head. Enjoy!



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    3 Discussions


    2 years ago

    These are beautiful! How long did it take you to paint the final details shown in your cover image?

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    Oh by the way thank you tomatoskins! These two bobble heads of Sally and Jack were my inspiration. I went with a more traditional day of the dead look on the detail.

    jack and sally.jpg

    Reply 2 years ago

    Not long at all. Total time was about two and a half hours for both.