How to Make a Skull Mask

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You can use a photo of a skull to help when painting your mask.
You can use a photo of a skull to help when painting your mask. (Image: Human skull image by Photosani from Fotolia.com)

Skull masks can make for very spooky costumes at Halloween or other costumed celebrations. Making your own skull mask, using only a few simple items from your local craft store, allows you to personalize and customize it, while also providing a creative afternoon activity for you and your kids.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Thin sheet of white craft foam
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Thin sheet of black craft foam
  • White glue
  • Fabric paints, any colors
  • Thick string

Measure the wearer's face from the top of your forehead to the bottom of your chin, and from ear to ear. This will give you an idea of how big you’ll need to cut your mask.

Draw an oval face shape on your sheet of white foam using a pencil; make it about an inch longer than the measurements you took. For example, if you measured eight inches from your forehead to your chin, make the length of the oval nine inches. Remember, you don’t want a perfect oval shape, so make it a little narrower on one end to accommodate for the facial shape of a chin.

Cut out the face shape you traced using scissors and place it over the wearer's face to get an idea of where you will want to cut out the eye holes. Use a pencil and mark the areas where your eyes line up with the mask. Draw large eye cavities that match the bone structure surrounding the wearer's eye. Then use scissors to cut out the eye cavities you drew.

Cut out a piece of black foam in the shape of a triangle, about 1 inch wide and 2 inches in length. Glue the triangle onto your mask in between but just below the two eyes. This will be the nasal cavity of your skull, as skulls don’t have protruding noses.

Paint the teeth clinched together in a wide grin. Each tooth should be separated by thin dark lines and painted individually. Then paint a thin jaw line slightly below the bottom row of teeth, expanding it outward when it gets to the cheek bones. Finally, add any additional touches you like, such as cracks and blood. Allow glue and paint to dry for two hours.

Place the mask over the wearer's face and mark a small dot on either side of the mask where it lines up with your ears. Use scissors to cut out small holes where you’ve marked the dots.

Pull the string through one of the holes and tie a knot to secure it around the hole. Place the mask over your face. Pull the string around the back of your head and through the other hole; then tie it in a knot to secure it. You want the string to be secure around your head, but not too tight.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use glow in the dark paint if you want a spooky mask that can be seen in the dark.
  • Cut up pieces of yarn and glue them to the top of your mask for some crazy hair to go with your skull.
  • For a sparkling mask, glue on some glitter or sequins.

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