Hi! This is my first instructable, so I hope you like it.
Anyway, this is about how to make a hockey mask out of duct tape & newspaper.
Things you'll need:
- Duct Tape (noooo... ya think?)
- A sheet of newspaper, mine was 11"x11"
- A pencil
- A pair of good scissors
- Xacto with #2 blade (optional)
- An awl (not shown)
- Something to measure with
- & Last, but not least, a head to wear the completed project on.
This instructable isn't extremely detailed because, well, everyone has their preferences, and a differently shaped head, so just do what works & it should turn out okay. So let's get started!
Step 1: Measure the Width & Height of Your Face
I used a tape measure to do this part. Now do what the name of this step says and measure your face.
Draw a line the same height as your face in the middle of the paper. Next, draw a line the same width as
your face perpendicular to the line you just drew with the centers connected and draw
a square with the intercrossing lines at the center.
Now round out the corners with the roll of Duct Tape, putting it so that the Duct Tape roll is touching the
horizontal & vertical sides of the square and trace around the corner facing edge of the Duct Tape so
that you have a sort of flat edged ellipse.
Step 2: Cut Some Things Out
That's right, youget to cut out the oblong you just made! I did it by folding it in half
and cutting out along the edge to make it perfectly symmetrical. Now, keeping it folded, cut out a notch which your
nose will fit through in the folded side of the paper. This will be, wait for it, the hole which your nose will go through!
(Now there's a surprise for you.)
Step 3: Shape the Mask
Make some folds which basically make the two ends go away from you, and then flatten them to one side to make it kind of conform to the shape of your face. Tape these creases down with some thin strips of Duct Tape to make it concave slightly. Now for the eyes.just make some oval holes where your eyes will be & try it on for size. if it's comfortable, continue to the next step.
Step 4: Cover Your Eyes...
Lay some tape over the eyes & cut out the tape over the eye hole (it's easier if you cut it out from the back.). Do the same behind & then repeat on the other half. In future steps be careful not to lay more tape over the eyes.
Step 5: The Nose Knows
Now for the nose. Cut a rectangle about 3" x 4 1/2" out of the newspaper, and shape it like in fig. 13. Fold as indicated in fig. 13*. Then fold along the middle crease to bring the short side of the bottom half-kite-like shapes to the flat, longest edge of the other side so that it looks like fig 14. but without the duct tape. Now hold it over your nose & see if the diagonal creases press against your skin; if they do when the tip is on your nose, then it's too short. The idea is to make it be comfortable when it has the added bulk of the duct tape, as well as having the tip be folded up slightly to make the tip not be pointy. Adjust until it's good, and then, READ ON!
*If you need to see how to do the basic folds, go to this link: Folding Basics
Step 6: Attach the Nose to Your Face (I Mean Mask)
Once you're happy with your new nose (for your mask, of course), then you need to attach it into place. Insert the nose into the hole in your mask & lay some tape over it to hold it down. Feel free to trim the outer flaps around the eyeholes. Then tape it into place so as to cover the newspaper. Oh yes, & cover the rest of the mask, too (remembering to do the back, obviously). You should have a hockey mask without air holes or a strap.
Step 7: Breathe In, Breathe Out.
Sorry for the lack of pictures in this step. Now you'll need the awl to punch air holes for the mouth & nose (for the locations, see here.), so you can, you know, breathe. You're almost done now!
Step 8: Always Strap In
No pictures for this part either. Basically make a strap out of some sort of elastic material like industrial elastic which doesn't hurt when you put it on or take it off & tape or loop it on about the height of the eyes. Now trim the mask to the desired shape and wear it during a snowball fight to avoid that stinging feeling of snow on your face. Congratulations & don't forget to vote for this in the first time author contest!!!