How to make an Iron Man mask out of paper

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How to make an Iron Man mask out of paper
Use newspaper to make an Iron Man mask. (Getty creative)

Iron Man is a superhero who leapt from the Marvel Comics to the big screen in the 2008 film "Iron Man". Iron Man's trademark mask is a futuristic, geometric and somewhat angular-shaped oval mask with narrow horizontal slits for the eyes and mouth. To make an Iron Man mask for a costume party, make one from paper, using the ancient technique known as papier-mâché. Locate a photograph of Iron Man, either from the library, Internet or comic book, to assist you visually when shaping the papier-mâché.

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Things you need

  • Photo of Iron Man
  • Balloon
  • Newspaper
  • Bowl of liquid starch
  • Felt tip pen
  • Box cutter
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Inflate a balloon. Select a standard shaped balloon, where the round balloon top narrows slightly at its bottom. Determine the size of balloon by selecting one slightly larger than the head of the person who will be wearing the mask.

  2. 2

    Tear newspaper into narrow 15-cm (6-inch) strips, making enough to cover the balloon three times.

  3. 3

    Dip a newspaper strip in liquid starch and run between two fingers to remove excess liquid. Apply to the face of the balloon and pat down smooth. Continue adding strips, in a crisscross pattern, completely covering the balloon. Allow to dry.

  4. 4

    Add two more layers of paper strips to the balloon; allow to dry between each layer. Add more liquid starch to the bowl as needed.

  5. 5

    Draw a line along the mask using a felt tip pen, to indicate where to cut away when removing the backside of the mask. You will need to remove enough of one side of the balloon to make room for the person's face to go into the mask.

  6. 6

    Cut along the line, using a box cutter, to remove the backside of the mask. If necessary, pop the balloon. Carefully remove the balloon from the paper.

  7. 7

    Hold the mask in front of the face of the person who will be wearing the mask, and mark the best location for the eye slots.

  8. 8

    Draw the horizontal eye slots and mouth slot on the mask, using the felt tip pin. Consider how the mask fits the wearer and refer to the photo when determining the position of the slots.

  9. 9

    Cut out the eye and mouth slots using a sharp box cutter.

  10. 10

    Add wet strips of newspaper, if necessary, to add padding to the mask, shaping it to match the Iron Mask photo.

  11. 11

    Tear newspaper into narrow 15-cm (6-inch) strips, making enough to cover the mask two times. Completely cover the mask with two more layers, allowing the first layer to dry before adding the last.

  12. 12

    Paint the mask with gold acrylic paint after the papier-mâché completely dries.

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