Easy DIY Blank Mask Form

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Do you have a great idea for a mask, but you don’t have time to find a mask form?

This blank mask form is easy to make and takes very little time.

Once it’s finished, you can paint it any way you like. You can add sculptural details with paper mache clay, like eyebrows or beards, and you can embellish your new mask with feathers, ears – or whatever your imagination comes up with.

Unlike the plastic mask forms that you can find on amazon or Walmart, this one will fit perfectly, because it’s custom-made for your face.

I used white copy paper and cooked flour and water paste. Just one layer  of paper mache is all you need, so it dries really fast – especially if you put it in front of a fan. And if you use white paper, you won’t need a coat of primer or gesso to make it white before you paint your mask.

You can find the recipe for the flour and water paste here.

Make your mask form with these easy steps:

  1. Cut out the back of a cereal box.
  2. Measure the distance between your eyes and the length and width of your nose, and mark them on the cardboard. Draw the shapes the way you want them, and cut them out.
  3. Cut the outside shape of the mask now, or wait until the paper mache is dry.
  4. Reinforce the areas where ribbon will be attached.
  5. Cover the cardboard with masking tape so it won’t warp.
  6. Punch or drill holes for your ribbon.
  7. Cover your mask form with one layer of paper and paste.
  8. While the paper mache is still wet, tie the mask form over a round object – I used an empty coffee can.
  9. Wait for the paper mache to dry.

If you make a mask with this mask form, we really want to see how it comes out. Please share a photo or two on the Daily Sculptors page, so we can all see your new mask.

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