Halloween can be an exciting time for many children. However, purchasing costumes can be an expensive and arduous process for a parent, especially if there are multiple children involved. Making a cardboard Spider-Man mask can be an easy and inexpensive solution for dressing a child in costume for Halloween.
Lay down newspaper over the work area to prevent spilling or staining. Trace an oval on the cardboard that is slightly larger than the child's head. Cut out the shape using the scissors or utility knife; this will be the basis for the mask.
Line up the cardboard oval with the child's face. Using a pencil, mark where the child's eyes, nose and mouth are in regard to the cardboard. For the eye holes, draw the appropriate triangular shape of Spider-Man's eyes; also make designs for the nose and mouth. You and your child can decide whether to have the mouth wide open or just a slit; similarly, you will want to decide how large of a hole to leave for the nose. Cut out the shapes for the features.
Draw the spider web pattern on the mask. Generally this involves a central point between the eyes of the mask, with lines spreading outward in all directions to the edge of mask. Every 3 or 4 inches, make a circle that travels the diameter of the mask; these circles will get wider as you move farther from the centre of the mask.
Paint the mask. The base of the mask in between the lines of the web is red; the web lines can be either black or silver, depending on your child's preference. Remember to trace the outside of the eye holes with black paint as well. Allow appropriate time for the paint to dry; apply multiple coats if necessary.
Use the mesh material to cover the eye holes; you can also cover the nose and mouth holes with this material if you like. The mesh should be white, because the material itself is translucent, and you don't want the child to have any trouble seeing. Glue the mesh in place over the holes in the mask; allow appropriate time for the glue to dry.
Punch holes in the side of the mask just above where the child's ears will touch. Tie the string into a small knot through the holes to secure it to the child's head. Consider securing one end, then measuring against the child's head to be sure of the length of rope needed.
If you want a simpler design for the eye holes, trace the outline of a small plastic cup for circular eye holes. Consult pictures of Spider-Man for exact patterns for the mask. If the child is uncomfortable having his nose and mouth covered by the mask, consider making a Mardi Gras-type mask that will only cover his eyes. Use the same spiderweb pattern and paint colours.
Supervise children very closely when they are working with scissors or other sharp cutting instruments.
Tips and warnings
- If you want a simpler design for the eye holes, trace the outline of a small plastic cup for circular eye holes.
- Consult pictures of Spider-Man for exact patterns for the mask.
- If the child is uncomfortable having his nose and mouth covered by the mask, consider making a Mardi Gras-type mask that will only cover his eyes. Use the same spiderweb pattern and paint colours.
- Supervise children very closely when they are working with scissors or other sharp cutting instruments.