How to Make a Black Mask

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Make a unique black mask for Halloween.
Make a unique black mask for Halloween. (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Halloween is an event celebrated by children and adults at the end of October. Adults attend parties or go to favorite nightlife hot spots. Children go door-to-door to collect candy from friends and neighbors. It is the time of year to get creative and choose a costume that expresses your imagination. Creating your own Halloween costume saves money and makes your costume one-of-a-kind. Making a black mask from scratch can be used for a variety of costumes, such as animals, superheroes or villains.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Black card stock paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Tape
  • String

Measure the face, using measuring tape, from the outside of the left eye to the outside of the right eye. This determines the width of the mask. Take another measurement from the top of the eyebrows to the middle of the nose for the length of the mask.

Draw an outline of the mask on black card stock paper using the face measurements. The outline can be made into the shape of a cat-eye mask, a bandit-style mask or any other shape that matches the costume.

Cut along the line using scissors. Use a craft knife to cut out holes on each side of the mask to secure the mask. Apply tape around the inside edges of the holes for reinforcement.

Cut 2 feet of black string, which will be used hold the mask in place. Thread the string through both holes. Secure the string by tying it in knots around the outer edges of the mask. Cut off any additional string using scissors.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a premade template to draw the outline of the mask, instead of doing it freehand.
  • Embellish the mask with spray glitter, stickers or rhinestones for added decorations.
  • Small children should not use scissors or craft knives. Parents need to help children when using these tools.

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