Plague Doctor Mask




About: So much you can do with simple tools and everyday materials. I try to explore this notion.

Let's say your friends are having a goth party and you don't know anything about goth culture. Or you have a time machine that traveled you to the 15th century. Whatever might be the case, there are many good (and bad) reasons you might want to look like a psycho maniac that kidnaps children in horror movies, or a kind hearted doctor who treats patients with his limited knowledge. Again, i don't ask the questions here. Well, c'mon down to uncle Jacks funhouse and let's start making this mask!

Skill level: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  • Cardboard
  • Paper and pen
  • Faux leather
  • Cool steampunk welding glasses for effect
  • Glue
  • Elastic strips


  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • A face
  • A queen album (listen to good music while working)


Step 1: Designing.

Now, if you actually care to listen, this design was inspired by the great Tom Banwell, who was in turn inspired by the Plague doctors of the dark times of the Black plague. Who were inspired by birds. Who were inspired by dragon like dinosaurs in the Jurassic period. The list goes on. For more info on birds: click on info.

Now, make an approximate drawing of the two plates we will fold into four sides to make the beak. Use my images for reference. Cut it out on cardboard. Hold it with your hands and put it over your mouth. Now throw it on the wall. You made it incorrect. Try again. True story there. Use some band tape to secure the pieces together.

You finally managed to make it smooth and good looking? Well. You are a true pro. Now, let's get on to the next step.

Step 2: Leather Leather Leather Leather

Now, take out some of your cool faux (fake) leather and cut it approximately to the size of the beak from one side.

Use your amazing hot glue gun to glue everything together. Make sure you don't use evil toxic glues because your nose and mouth will be in this bad boy. To quote depeche mode: You are breathing in fumes, I taste when we kiss.

Step 3: Corners

Take out some stronger faux leather and cut out wiggly comb-like structures from it. Glue these stripes to our product. Well done, you are one step closer to making everyone look at you and shout "You are the guy from Assassins Creed, right?!"

If those people get sick from the plague, forget healing them. Hit them with a history book. Then heal their head injuries. Things a mask can teach you, amirite?

Step 4: Making It Actually Stay on Your Head

Get the elastic stips and use generous glue on them. I mean, use tons.

You may get a boardmaker and paint them black so you won't look even more awkward.

Step 5: Sweet Deal.

You have completed the half mask! Go to your local hardware store and buy plasma welding goggles and a balaclava from any terrorist/burglar/skier store. You may also make them yourself! How cool is that?

Add it to your doctor mask collection. Also, find something black with a hood and wear your headset and scare the living **** out of your neighbors. Warranty void if use for this purpose.

Thank you for reading and good day!



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    16 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Dude this is AWESOME! I love the way you discribed the making of the mask-IT WAS HILLARIOUS! Keep up the good work!



    4 years ago

    Giving this a like for the comedic value alone


    4 years ago

    awesome ible. loved it. I bout fell off the couch when you said "You did it wrong. Try again.". Yes Sensi.

    1 reply

    4 years ago

    I followed firstly because of your jokes, secondly because of your awesome instructable. ;)

    1 reply

    Appreciate it! They are sold online and can be found in "work protection stores" and hardware shops. :D Anyplace that might sell welding supply or industrial gas masks should do.