Do you have a paper shredder at your house? Go green this Halloween and turn paper shreds and a paper bag into a one-of-a-kind mask.
There’s no need to buy an expensive mask to wear to a Halloween party or to go out trick-or-treating. With a few simple everyday supplies, you can create your own scary monster mask.
Tip: Children will require adult help or supervision for some of the mask-making steps.
Things You’ll Need to Make Your Mask
Find a flat work surface for your mask-making area – preferably a spot where you can leave your mask to dry overnight. Gather the following items and place them in your work space:
- Lots of shredded paper
- Recycled gift bag or paper grocery bag that fits over your head
- Postal tape (if you need to adjust the size of the bag)
- Marking pen
- Mask stand (see directions below)
- Masking tape
- Tacky craft glue
- Craft paint
- Paint brush
- Water for cleaning your paint brush
- Paper towels for spills
Directions for Fitting Your Mask
- If your bag has a handle, cut it off. Hold the bag upside-down and place it over your head.
- Check the bag for size; if it needs to be adjusted, remove it from your head and proceed to direction number three. If not, proceed to “Directions for Making Your Mask.”
- If the bag is too big, use the postal tape to make pleats in the sides. (Place the tape on the inside.)
- If the bag is too small, slit the sides and tape scrap-paper spacers between the cut edges. (Place the tape on the inside.)
- Trim the length of the bag if it’s too long. (You’ll be adding length with the paper shreds.)
- Keep adjusting the bag until you’re happy with the fit – you want it to be comfy but not so big that it will fly off your head if a little gust of wind comes up.
Directions for Making Your Mask
- Cover your work surface with newspaper.
- Hold the bag upside-down and place it over your head. Use the marking pen to gently mark the position of your eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.
- Remove the mask and cut large ovals for your eyes and small ovals for your nose, mouth, and ears. (See illustration 2.)
- Place the mask on a stand. Two stacked oatmeal boxes taped together make an ideal stand. Use whatever unbreakable item you have that is tall enough to suspend the mask and heavy enough to stay put while you’re working.
- Cut pieces of masking tape the width of the front, sides, and back of the bag. Place the ends of paper shreds side by side onto the tape strips.
- Run a zigzag line of glue along the shreds attached to the tape strips and adhere the sections between nose and mouth level all around the paper bag. (See illustration 3.) Use small pieces of masking tape to hold the glued sections in place.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 and place the strips about two inches above eye level. Cut a few of the shreds covering the eye holes and glue them to the bag underneath the eye holes.
- Glue lots of paper shreds to the top of the bag. (See illustration 4.)
- Allow the mask to dry overnight.
Decorate Your Halloween Mask
Dab paint all over the paper shreds to achieve your desired effect. How about lots of greens and browns for a swamp monster? Or grey and red for a zombie? Make your mask as wild and crazy and scary as you can. And don’t forget to recycle your mask when you no longer need it.