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DIY Halloween Masks: Materials Tips & How To Make A Hot Glue Masquerade Mask

Monday, October 10, 2016

Related Feature: DIY Halloween Costume Ideas From Your Closet

What is it about fall that brings out the crafter in everyone? There are so many great Halloween costumes available at the kids’ stores and party shops, but this year, we’re crafting a DIY Halloween, and in addition to saving at least 50% per costume, the challenge is a lot of fun!

Check out our DIY Halloween Costumes feature for simple costume ideas you can make with clothes from your closet!

If you’re looking for an even easier way to craft a fantastic DIY costume this year: Think masks! You can build an entire ensemble around a mask. Or, you could wear a plain, black or white outfit with your mask (which ever contrasts better). Adding simple touches, like a pin, feathers, or minimal jewelry makes a big statement. There are many ways to create wonderful Halloween masks, and kids love to help, too! You can decorate a pre-made plastic mask or prop glasses, or use some of the materials tips below!  And check out our DIY Halloween Costume Ideas board on Pinterest for even more mask and costume inspiration!

Stay tuned for our 2016 NH Trick-or-Treat Times List for updates on your town’s celebration!

Felt Mask Tips

Felt is a cost-effective and easy-to-use material. It comes in a wide range of colors, and is available at almost every craft store.

Felt fabric cuts cleanly, meaning there is no need to hem the edges. In fact, there is no need to sew at all! Felt takes well to hot glue, for a fun, no-sew project. If you like to sew, seams can add a nice dimension to your felt mask.

Add additional detail to your mask with fabric paint and glitter, but be careful not to add too much weight.

Felt masks are best worn with tie-backs or elastic band.

Craft Foam Mask Tips

Craft foam is found at many crafting stores. It is easy to cut, and some craft foam is self-adhesive, just peel and stick! If you are adding a lot of detail to your mask, consider using a dab of glue to ensure it sticks.

Craft foam is easily decorated with markers!

Depending on foam thickness, craft foam masks can be worn with either tie-backs, elastic, or on a stick.

Flower & Foliage Mask Tips

Tour the floral aisle at your local craft store and pick some colors that catch your eye.

Wide leaves make the best base. You can layer them around your eyes, or cut eye-holes into them. Decorate edges with small flowers or large flower petals. Add more detail to your costume with some snaking-vine face paint!

Floral masks are best worn with tie-backs or elastic band.

How To Make A Masquerade Mask (From Hot Glue!)

The hot glue mask is a delicate-looking craft! No one will believe it is made from glue! *Always follow hot glue safety instructions. Never leave a hot glue gun unattended.

1. Draw or print a detailed mask template. Be sure to include eye holes and reinforced spaces to string tie-backs. Tape the template to flat, crafting surface.
2. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap over the template. Tape edges.
3. Layer mesh fabric over the plastic wrap. Tape edges.
4. Trace your template pattern with hot glue onto the mesh fabric. Let dry.
5. Cut away excess fabric and plastic. Snip out eye-holes and tie-back holes.
6. Decorate with paint, glitter, gems. Add tie-backs.


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