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How to Create a Plaster and Paper Mache Mask

Soul Comes In All Colors Mask Postcard

on Zazzle. Link is shown below.

on Zazzle. Link is shown below.

Hiding Behind a Mask For Halloween

Are you ready for Halloween? How about making a plaster and paper mache mask? There are a few ways to do this. It can be a mask of some animal, a creepy creature or the profile of your face.

This is about how to make a mask using your own face as the mode. The instructions are below on how to make a cool looking mask.

What mask will you be hiding behind this Halloween?

The into photo is in my Sandyspider Gifts on Zazzle - Not So Famous Artist product line. It is a Soul Comes In All Colors Mask Postcard that can be found in the link below for products. The mask that my daughter made is the mask for these gifts.

See all my Zazzle products on Sandyspider Gifts Just click on the links that are shown here or type them in the search bar on Zazzle.

My products are copyrighted and have a digital thumb print on file. Though you have my permission to use them as an affiliate with a link. Postcards and posters are a great substitute for images to spice up your articles.

The Color of Soul - Who Said It Was Just One Color?

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Color of Soul Gifts by the Numbers

  1. Soul Comes In All Colors Mask Mousepad
  2. Soul Comes In All Colors Mask Bag
  3. Soul Comes In All Colors Mask T-shirt
  4. Color of Soul Photo Sculpture
  5. Soul of Color Mask Print

See these five and many other gift items with soul!

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A Quick and Painless Way to Make This Mask or Just Enjoy a Print

The 8"x10" photo sculpture on Zazzle shown above can be changed in to a mask. Cut off the bottom stand and cut out the eyes. Cut two long pieces of yarn and staple one on each side after it is lined up to where you need it.

Paper and Plastic Mask on Amazon

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See link below

Paper Mache and Plaster Mask Ideas on Amazon

Above are plain paper mache mask which you can decorate and plaster face mode. The different ways to decorate these mask are with markers and paints. Or add different color newspaper strips or colored photos from pages out of magazines. Paste them on with Mod Podge glue, Elmer's or homemade glue.

Create a theme. Make your face mask look like an animal or add some blood paint or some ugly, hairy moles. Use your imagination.

These won't be a custom fit as they would if you made it completely by itself. But it is an easy way to create your mask.

Find many varieties and ideas to make these

paper mache, plastic masks and kits on Amazon here

How to Make a Mask Out of Plaster Bandages

By DianeBB on Photobucket

By DianeBB on Photobucket

Materials Needed to Make Mask

Instructions on Making the Plaster Mask

The Fun Begins

1. Better to make this a two person operation, where the one person is laying down and the other person is doing the work. Our daughter did this without any help, even though we offered.

2. Make sure to clear an area and put down newspapers. Work in an area that can easily be cleaned.

3. Make sure that your face is clean of makeup and jewelry. Wear a t-shirt that you don't care if it gets messy. Pull back your hair and make sure that there absolutely no way that it will get in the way.

4. Spread a liberal coating of Vaseline all over your face. Our daughter didn't use Vaseline. She wrapped her entire head with plastic wrap and left a couple of breathing holes for her nostrils. Many people add straws in their nostrils for better breathing.

5. Cut 1" by 3" strips of the plaster gauze. Dunk each on in a bowl of warm water. Squeeze out the excess water. Start at the top of the face and work around the outline of the face. Overlap each strip.

6. Continue to fill in and thicken with a couple of layers. Next build up certain areas of the face and reinforce the nose. To build up the cheeks, use smaller strips.

7. Now that the gauze has been added, allow about 30-40 minutes. The mask will start pulling away from the face. At this time, the mask can be taken off. This is the time to examine it to see if there are any areas that need extra work. Add more gauze if necessary.

8. Allow 24 hours for the mask to completely dry.

Make sure to protect your skin

Don't forget the glue

Idea For Using This Diversity Mask

by Sandyspider on Redgage

by Sandyspider on Redgage

Decorating the Mask

Add the paper for a paper mache look

Once the mask has completely dried, it is time for the next step. Cut strips of newspaper of cartoons or what ever your theme is. Or cut strips out of magazines of photos and words, as our daughter did.

Glue the strips over the mask with Mod Podge glue. Our daughter had the clear and sprinkle glue. She went all out and decorated the inside as well.

Brittany was the only student who made a plaster and paper mache mask for her multicultural class. All the students took an easier route. The teacher asked if she could keep the mask. No other mask even came close to comparison. It did sit as a display until it was eventually given back. Throughout the high school years, much of her artwork sat in the display cases at the high school for all to see.

My Daughter's Mask Reminds Me of Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras Mask - Wear these for Halloween too.

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Soul Comes In All Colors Mask Card

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Will You Be Making a Mask For Halloween?

Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on September 24, 2020:

Fun to do.

Fraser Mclean on September 21, 2020:

Needing this done in a hurry.

Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on February 08, 2016:

colorfulone Sure you would enjoy it.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on February 06, 2016:

This could be a fun project to do with my grandchildren's help.

Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on October 10, 2014:

Yvette Munro I remember making many crafts with paper mache.

Yvette Munro on October 10, 2014:

Gosh, I completely forgot about paper mache. I used to make loads in the school holidays. What a great idea for a hub.

Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on September 24, 2014:

SusannaDuffy Halloween is just around the corner. Here is your chance to start making these.

Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on September 24, 2014:

OhMe, Only thing that I suggest is that you need to have patience. A lot of work, but fun.

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on September 24, 2014:

I haven't made a papier mache mask for years! I must remedy that

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on September 23, 2014:

These are sure great instructions and sounds like it would be fun to try

Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on March 14, 2014:

@aminebombom: Everyone tells me that I am cool. LOL

Amine from Doha, Qatar on February 20, 2014:

Thank you for sharing with us how to make masks, you are really cool

steadytracker lm on August 24, 2013:

An excellent and very informative too. Just in time for the upcomming halloween season. Thanks for sharing

anonymous on June 17, 2013:

How absolutely wondrous as a project that is close up and personal...unique, fun and it's a piece of are when you're done! :)

kathysart on April 25, 2013:

Checking this lens out again. I MUST DO this!! Love love this lens.

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on March 14, 2013:

The custon mask are cool. I was thinking about making a full body sculpture to use as a dress form. Wonder if it would hold up? Thanks for the info.

cdgood on October 18, 2012:

I Forgot all about these masks! Thanks for the reminder.

Rose Jones on October 13, 2012:

Expensive Halloween costumes are wonderful - if someone cannot afford them - these are grand - and even if you can - these are more creative. Papier mache takes me back to my childhood. Blessed.

snrklz on October 09, 2012:

What a cool idea. My girls are always looking for an activity to do. This would keep them busy for some time. They are quite artistic too, as your daughter surely is.

anonymous on October 08, 2012:

Great lens ... I used to make those masks when I was a kid, it was lots of fun. I will definitely try to make this masks with my daughter as soon as she grows up a little.

gaser983 on September 23, 2012:

Fantastic article, interesting reading!

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on May 04, 2012:

@athomemomblog: We did this in my class many years ago. It is fun and I thank you for reminding me about it. Blessings.

Genesis Davies from Guatemala on April 08, 2012:

Creative daughter you have! Love the idea of using bits of magazine to decorate.

Bradley Baker from Stephens City on March 30, 2012:

I'm goingf totry and make one for Halloween.

klaird on March 26, 2012:

Paper mache masks are a fun craft! I've featured your lens on my paper mache ideas page.

Blackspaniel1 on March 08, 2012:

Great craft idea.

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on February 27, 2012:

Great step by step tutorial on making a plaster mask. The final result was fantastic!

kathysart on February 05, 2012:

VERY cool.. I had a wonderful visit! angel blessed.

LeCordonDude on November 07, 2011:

I want to make a paper mache moosehead mount! I'm gonna try with this lens!

Jen from Canada on October 31, 2011:

I skipped reading step seven and went to straight 8. i realized my mistake because not many people could sit with a mask on their face for 24 hours. 30-40 minutes sounds a lot better. I would love to try making my own mask but I think I would feel a bit claustrophobic. I could do on someone else however. Great instructions and photos.

SookieLovesToPa on October 28, 2011:

Brilliant idea for personalizing your Halloween. :)

mermaidlife on October 02, 2011:

I'd like to try this also. It looks like a lot of fun. I like wide-eyed expression behind the finished mask.

laguild on September 30, 2011:

What a fun lens! Thanks so much for sharing this info! I really wanna try this!

anonymous on September 29, 2011:

great job. nice and neat lens

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on September 29, 2011:

This looks like a cool mask and not too hard to make. I bet it's a lot of fun too, as long as the model doesn't get the giggles. Love the photos, blessed.

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on September 24, 2011:

I did this when I was a kid in school. I recommend it as a project to do with all your children.

Fun lens.

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on August 30, 2011:

Beautiful lens .... looks like a really fun project. Well deserved PurPle Star here.

QuiltFinger from Tennessee on April 25, 2011:

Great work! I'm going to feature this project on my paper mache paste lens.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 14, 2011:

Amazing. I love doing this. Thanks for this lens. This will be great to do with the grandchildren.

LouisaDembul on February 21, 2011:

I remember doing this as a kid, nice idea!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on February 06, 2011:

Excellent directions! You made me think I might actually be able to do this without suffocating one of my children. LOL You will find this featured on Squid Angel Mouse Tracks in Crafts.

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on October 27, 2010:

I love these mask! I've got to send this link to my son! :)

Tonie Cook from USA on October 21, 2010:

This is a great DIY Mask page. I haven't worked with plaster casts since I was in school, and boy did this bring back a few memories . . . and great ideas for Halloween! Thank you for sharing your Plaster Mask Recipe with the world.

ShamanicShift on October 18, 2010:

Great lens, as always, besides the wonderful ideas and doable instructions.

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on October 07, 2010:

Now that I have my wings back, I can add some angel dust here too.

KimGiancaterino on October 02, 2010:

I made these a long time ago, and may try it again someday. Congratulations on your purple star.

JenniferAkers LM on October 02, 2010:

My son will absolutely love to see this! He usually makes his costume every year. Last year was a zombie, and he successfully freaked out people with his 'rotting arm'. Great instructions on making a plaster and paper mache mask - thank you!

Aquavel on September 28, 2010:

GREAT lens! I haven't made a Plaster of Paris mask in years! You are motivating me to do so! I'll have to do it when my husband is at work because he'll freak when he sees the mess I make! But oh, such fun! Plaster bandages, paint and feathers, here I come! Thanks for the motivation! And congrats on your well-deserved purple star!

anonymous on September 27, 2010:

What a fabulous idea! What fun it would be to make our own masks! I remember making these when I was in public school (a very long time ago LOL). Congratulations on your shiny new Purple Star! - Kathy

kathysart on September 25, 2010:

LOVE LOVE it! I keep thinking I want to make some masks. Now.. I KNOW it! Thanks for all the great tips and ideas.

Seeking Pearls from Pueblo West on September 23, 2010:

Congratulations on your well deserved purple star. Love the Zazzle designs you have shared here! Nice Work.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on September 21, 2010:

Very well deserved Purple Star for this mask lens! Awesome!

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on September 21, 2010:

Very interesting. Great idea for those creative souls who have the time and patience to make them.

Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on September 21, 2010:

@CherylsArt: She figured the plastic wrap would give it a closer and more customized look. It might have been more harder to take the mask off the face, but it turned out good.

CherylsArt on September 21, 2010:

Interesting lens Sandy. What did you daughter think of using plastic wrap instead of Vaseline? It almost sounds like a better choice. Congratulations on your purple star.

SnoopyGirl1 on September 21, 2010:

Great lens my dear! Congrats on your purple star!

anonymous on September 21, 2010:

Congrats on the Purple Star!

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on September 21, 2010:

wow Sandy, Thanks. I nominated it because it is a great lens on plaster and paper mache mask.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 21, 2010:

Nice purple star acknowledgement. Very interesting topic and helpful.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on September 21, 2010:

Congrats on that pretty purple star

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on September 21, 2010:

Congrats on your star!

TriviaChamp on September 20, 2010:

Looks like a fun family activity. Congrats on the star.

seegreen on September 14, 2010:

My daughters both made masks with the plaster strips at a theatre camp and they turned out well. I'd love to do them myself.

Andy-Po on September 07, 2010:

These masks are great. I must give this a try.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 09, 2010:

I think this would be a fun project. Thanks for instructions and tips on Creating a Plaster and Paper Mache Mask for Halloween.

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on August 08, 2010:

creating a paper/plaster mask is easy now. thanks sandy, learned a new technique from you.

bdkz on August 07, 2010:

Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on August 06, 2010:

@RhondaAlbom: She said it was uncomfortable when she did it. But she thought the plastic wrap would make it fit more to the contours of her face. I'm not really sure. But the Vaseline would have been more messy.

Lisa from Rhode Island on August 06, 2010:

fun and very cool I like the idea a lot and you could and would probably want to save it after I love it !

Robin S from USA on August 06, 2010:

The possibilities are endless for the masks you can create like this! Nice wrok! I left you some angel dust!

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on August 06, 2010:

This is a great lens on creating a plaster and paper mache mask. I agree with your daughter, I don't think I would want my face covered with the vaseline, but didn't it get really hot with the plastic? Beautiful mask! Talent family.

aishu19 on August 06, 2010:

I have never made one either..but this explains it preety clearly and I like the color of soul mousepad a lot

anonymous on August 06, 2010:

Never made a mask before, but it seems easy enough with your instructions. Love the "Thank You" card.

WhiteOak50 on August 06, 2010:

Wow.. very good instructions on making these masks! Great Job!!