How to Make Your Own "The Strangers" Costume Mask

"The Strangers" is a horror film about a couple on a romantic vacation, who are suddenly terrorized by three people wearing masks. The masks worn by the home invaders are very basic. One of the character's wears a burlap bag with eye holes and a mouth drawn on, while the two female intruders wear white plastic masks with carefully painted embellishments. You can choose the style of mask you like most.

Things You'll Need

  • Burlap bag or white mask
  • Scissors
  • Thin rope
  • Acrylic paint (black, pink and white)

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Male Mask

Pull the bag over your head. Close your eyes and use your fingers to find your eyes. Using a marker, make a mark on the outside of the bag over your eyes.

Take the bag off, and cut around the mark to make eye holes in the burlap bag.

Paint on a thin smiley mouth with black acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry for at least 48 hours before putting it on to prevent inhaling vapors.

Cut 12 evenly spaced holes around the opening of the bag. Weave a thin piece of rope through the holes. Tie a loose knot to secure the bag around your neck, once it is on.

Female Mask

Purchase a plain white mask from a costume shop plus black, white and pink acrylic paints from an art supply store. Lay the mask on a flat surface.

Paint a small area directly above the eye hole with pink paint, like eye shadow. Add small lines around the eye hole, like exaggerated eyelashes.

Paint the center of the mask's lips red. They should look similar to Betty Boop's signature cupid's bow, pursed lips.

Thin out some pink acrylic paint with a little white paint and water until it is the color of light blush. Paint the cheeks.

Paint a couple wisps of black hair at the top of the mask, if desired.

Allow the paint to dry for a couple of hours before wearing your mask.


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