How to Make Spider-Man Masks

Updated April 17, 2017

If you have children, especially a little boy, then you most likely already have an idea of how popular Spider-Man is. Whether you need to create a Spider-Man mask for a Halloween costume or for a themed birthday party, or maybe you just want a fun activity to do with your child one rainy afternoon, creating the perfect Spider-Man mask is an easy and fun project to do. Here are a few ideas to help you with creating your own Spider-Man mask.

Use a graphics program like Photoshop to create the perfect Spider-Man mask. Photoshop allows you to create your design using the pen tool, various brush types and the paint bucket tool. After you've completed your design, you can print the design, and glue the mask to a harder material, like poster board. Punch two holes along the edges of the mask, and add a string that will hook around the ears and head. There are also programs, such as Kids Mask Factory, designed specifically to allow you to create printable masks.

Consider using a ski mask and some fabric paint, for a truly authentic Spider-Man pullover mask. If you purchase a ski mask, look for a red one. Keep in mind, you will need a reference image to go by as you create your mask. Make sure you get a ski mask one that has holes for both the eyes and the mouth, since some only have them for the eyes. You can then apply black fabric paint to the mask to produce the "web" lines. Another option is to sew black fabric stripes on the mask following your Spider-Man pattern.

Use face paint. This is especially a fun option to try for a child's Spider-Man mask. You can create a mask by applying red face paint as a base colour then using black face paint to create the stripes down the sides of the mask and around the eyes. Again, you will have need a picture of Spider-Man to go by as you work. Remember to use a paint that is safe and that won't irritate skin.

Draw and colour your own Spider-Man mask on paper. If you're making a Spider-Man mask for a child, consider having him assist you in creating the mask. Create the outline of your Spider-Man mask on a study material, like poster board, and have the child colour it in using crayons or markers. As in Step 1, cut the design out and then punch holes on opposite sides of the mask. Attach a string to go around the ears and head.

Things You'll Need

  • Photoshop or Kids Mask Factory
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About the Author

Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.