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Make Your Own Halloween Mask

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Halloween is a time for dressing up and being able to express yourself in creative ways that might not be as acceptable under normal circumstances. Hopefully, our Halloween mask ideas will inspire you.

 

As large as the Halloween industry has gotten, designing and making your own costumes is still popular. In fact, with the rise of cosplay, it’s become much more complex.

 

When it comes to the inspiration we get from Taylor, there is no end. We originally planned a “Taylor through the eras” line of costumes but, with the release of folklore, that idea quickly changed.

 

Instead, we decided to focus on the lore of the Lake District since it is so prominently featured in her latest work. We chose to focus on DIY masquerade masks that can be easily accompanied by a personalized face mask.

 

Beast of Cumbria Halloween Mask

 

DIY Halloween Mask: folklore-Inspired Designs

The Beast of Cumbria

 

The Lake District of Cumbria is full of lore that has survived from ancient times. Over the years, more hauntings and seemingly inexplicable events have occurred.

 

For our first folklore mask, we decided to bring to life a fashionable and sophisticated interpretation of “the Beast of Cumbria.” Although it’s relatively new compared to much of the lore in the area, its frightening visage seemed perfect for Halloween.

 

This mystical creature (believed by some to be an actual panther or a puma) has been described as a larger-than-normal black cat-like animal. Many sightings have been reported since 2003 and include the slaughter of sheep.

 

Make It

What You Need:

  • x1 DIY mask
  • Black acrylic paint & paintbrush
  • x1 Giant black chenille pipe cleaner
  • Black lace
  • Silver sequins
  • Tweezers
  • All-purpose glue & brush
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • x1 Dowel (optional)

 

Directions:

First, paint the mask black. It may take two coats depending on the quality of your acrylic paint. Then, once it’s dry, paint a thin layer of all-purpose glue across the top half of the mask and cover with black lace, lining up the bottom of it with the center of the eye holes.

 

Trim the lace around the edges leaving about 1 inch to fold over and adhere to the back of the mask. You’ll need to make tapered cuts around the corners of eye openings to make the folds more precise.

 

Adding the giant chenille pipe cleaner is probably the easiest part after painting. But before you add it, you need to decide if you are going to use the elastic strap that comes with the kit or attach a dowel so you can simply hold the mask in front of you.

 

If you are going to use the elastic strap, now is the time to tie each end through the holes on each side of the mask. This way, the chenille fabric of the pipe cleaner will cover up the ties and you won’t be trying to work around it.

 

To add the pipe cleaner, use hot glue as you go. Start at one edge of the mask just under the eyes and mold the pipe cleaner to the shape of the mask as you glue it.

 

When you reach the other side of the mask, fold the pipe cleaner to make a second row directly under the first. Once you make it back to where you started, fold the pipe cleaner again, and glue it along the top edge of the mask.

 

Just before you meet the chenille along the lower half of the mask, trim the remaining portion so that it will line up exactly and glue in place. Finally, use the all-purpose glue and tweezers to outline the top of each eye hole with the silver sequins.

 

Forest Fairy Halloween Mask

 

Forest Fairy

 

Fairies, or small magical creatures, are popular across many cultures. Some cultures describe these elusive beings as having more sinister characteristics than others.

 

Across the history of fairies and how they have been reimagined over time, they have been associated with all facets of nature, seasons, and luck (good or bad).

 

Cumbria is full of stories of fairies that inhabit the hills and narrow passes, hold court in the remains of ancient Roman forts and stone outcroppings, and cast enchantments as well as grant wishes.

 

Since the Lake District of Cumbria is a region defined by its many mountains and numerous lakes as well as dotted with woodlands, we thought designing a forest fairy mask representative of fall would be perfect.

 

Make It

What You Need:

  • x1 DIY mask
  • Medium brown acrylic paint & paintbrush
  • Gold trim
  • Antlers (e.g. Ashland’s deer antler pick)
  • x1 Large pipe cleaner (optional)
  • Beige, tan & burgundy faux leaves
  • x1 Faux rose (in your color palette)
  • Fall embellishments (e.g. mini pinecones & acorns)
  • All-purpose glue & brush
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • x1 Dowel (optional)

 

Directions:

Begin by painting the mask brown. Then, use all-purpose glue to line the eye openings with gold trim. You can encircle the entire opening using a single strand by starting at the inner corner and following along the upper lid.

 

When you get to the outer corner, pinch the trim together and glue in place. This will allow you to change directions seamlessly. Follow the bottom lid back to the inner corner and align with the beginning. Then, use the remaining trim to outline the outer edge of the mask.

 

This is the point at which you need to decide if you are going to use the elastic strap that comes with the kit, to wear the mask, or attach a dowel, to hold it. If using the elastic strap, tie it to each side of the mask through the holes placed there. Then, you can cover the ties with leaves and embellishments.

 

Use hot glue to attach an antler to each side of the top of the mask. You may find that adding a large pipe cleaner along the back just under the upper edge will give you a greater surface area to support the antlers.

 

Note: You’ll need to cut the antlers off the pick or, if you bought a set, you’ll need to cut them in half. Make sure when you cut them that you leave the cut surface as flat as possible.

 

After you’ve added the antlers, decorate the edges of the mask with faux fall leaves, a rose, and embellishments. You can even add twigs or poseable stems.

 

Butterfly Masquerade Mask, Kids Craft

 

DIY Halloween Mask – Kid’s Craft

An Easy Design That You Can Do with Your Little Swiftie

 

A fun masquerade mask you can make with your kid is to simply add butterfly embellishments. You can go with whatever color scheme you choose.

 

We opted to go with a black mask and butterflies that were dipped in a black wash and detailed with a black Sharpie to give them a darker look. This was in keeping with our Victorian Gothic Halloween theme.

 

You can certainly up this project with trim and additional embellishments. You can also make it easier by not altering the butterflies you use.

 

Make It

What You Need:

  • x1 DIY mask
  • Acrylic paint & paintbrush
  • Butterfly embellishments (multiple sizes are good)
  • Hot glue & glue gun

 

Directions:

Paint the mask. Then, attach the elastic strap that comes with the kit. Once it is tied in place, you can plan your butterfly arrangement.

 

You want the butterflies to slightly overlap without losing their definition. One or two separated from the rest will help them stand out. You also want to place them so that they will cover the knots where the elastic is tied to the mask.

 

Once you are happy with the butterfly layout, use the hot glue to keep them in place. Hint: If you are going to alter the butterflies or add glitter to them, you need to do it before gluing them to the mask.

 

DIY Face Mask

DIY Face Mask

Simple, Yet Elegant

 

The current health concerns that have affected almost every aspect of our lives dictate that we use caution when gathering in groups.

 

With that in mind, we wanted to remind you that following safety protocols doesn’t have to be at the expense of your costume or sense of fashion.

 

You can take any plain reusable face mask and personalize it. You can add any color fabric, text, or design so that it will match your costume.

 

Another option is to make a simple, elegant but feisty mask that will match just about any typical Halloween decor. After all, there’s not much that can beat classic black lace.

 

Make It

What you need

  • x1 White face mask
  • Black lace
  • Fabric adhesive (hem tape)

 

Directions

Cut the black lace to fit the mask with a one-inch edge all the way around. Make sure the lace is cut to fold around the ear loops and that it is folded with the pleats before gluing. Use the fabric hem tape to adhere the lace along the inside edge.

 

We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween and let us know if you decide to make any of our Halloween mask designs or if we’ve inspired you to design your own!

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