How to Make a Darth Vader Mask


One of the world’s most beloved dark characters holds a special place in our hearts, and likewise, is always a popular choice for Halloween. Darth Vader’s character in Star Wars, and even more so, his wardrobe, makes him a perfect candidate for our alter egos this October 31. To do this, you have two options, depending on your skills and preference.

Things You'll Need

  • For the safety mask option, you will need a safety or dust mask, black spray paint, black or dark sunglasses and a black hoodie or length of black material.
  • For the color copy option, you will need a good close-up color photo of Darth Vader, access to a black-and-white printer as well as a color printer, at least a 9x11 piece of black heavy cardstock, one foot of elastic or string, a hole punch, paste and scissors.

The Safety Mask Option

  • Paint the safety mask with black spray paint and allow to dry. If you want to avoid a strong smell of spray paint, plan to do this at least a week before you wear it, and leave it in a well-ventilated area to air it out.

  • Put your mask on, followed by your sunglasses.

  • Wear your hoodie up, or wrap your material around both your head and neck.

Color Photo Option

  • Measure the shape and size of your face roughly on a piece of scrap paper. Draw a line where your forehead is, your chin, and the sides of your jaw. This will give you an idea of how large you need to expand your color photo of Darth Vader.

  • At a photocopier, test different percentage settings in black and white first to gauge the percent you need to make your color copy.

  • Once you're happy with the size of a particular photocopy, you can either use your artistic skills to color in the black-and-white photocopy with a black marker and use this as the picture for your mask, or now make a color copy of your photo at the percentage of enhancement you chose for your black-and-white.

  • Paste your color copy onto your piece of heavy card stock and cut around the edges until just Darth Vader's face can be seen.

  • Hole punch the eyes so you can see. Then hole punch on either side of the mask near the edge where the top of your ears will hit. Tie your elastic or string to the holes. Make it tight enough that the mask will stay on.

Tips & Warnings

  • For the Safety Mask Option, if you're having trouble finding something that looks exactly like Darth Vader's mouth, use a regular dust mask and trim the sides to be more triangular. Spray paint black. Since this won't cover your face completely, you might want to get some black face paint to cover your skin.

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