How to Make a Witch Mask

Updated July 20, 2017

Costume parties are always special, interesting and fun events, whether it is Halloween or someone’s birthday. Having a great costume is often synonymous with making a great costume. While there are many stores you can buy pre-made outfits and masks, making your own costume is often much more fun. If you want to make a scary and convincing witch, you may want to learn how to make a witch mask.

Design your with face mask and draw the basic idea on paper. Before you finally decide how you want your witch mask to look like, consult art and crafts websites and magazines as well as Halloween and heavy metal make-up websites as well.

Sketch the basic shape for a face mask on a cardboard and then draw the specific elements. Use your face as a template to see and mark exactly where the eyes, nose and mouth are. Be sure that you are satisfied with the final appearance before you continue with the next step.

Cut the holes for the eyes and the mouth with a sharp utility knife. Make sure not to cut over the lines since you might tear the cardboard while wearing it. To strengthening, place strong tape around the holes on the back side of the cardboard, but make sure the tape doesn’t wrinkle since it could irritate your face.

Cut a small plastic funnel for the nose and glue it to the mask with hot glue. You can use super glue or any other strong kind of glue as well. Remember that the element of nose is fragile so make sure it’s glued properly and is strongly fixed.

Make small warts from little pieces of construction paper. Roll the paper into a small ball, add PVA glue and place it all over the mask. Use the same method to make 3D eyebrows and a big chin typical for witch masks.

Mix green, dirty beige or grey paint with some PVA glue. If you want, at this point you can add small hairs to the eyebrows and the tip of the chin, since the PVA glue will keep them in place after it hardens. The colour of the witch’s skin depends on your design. Use a soft paintbrush to paint the whole mask, including the funnel nose, chin, warts and eyebrows. Let the witch mask dry and harden before you start working on the details.

Paint the eyebrows and the tips of the warts with dark grey colour. Add other elements you want such as wrinkles, eyelashes or lips. Don’t hesitate to get creative with your witch mask, and always have in mind that the final result has to look as repulsive and scary as possible.

Cut two small holes on the edges of the mask with scissors or the utility knife. Attach a flexible and strong thread to the mask using the holes.


You can also add some corn flour or a similar grainy textured substance into the paint mixture. This will add a crude and scary texture to the skin of your witch mask. Wear the mask in a combination with a messy black wig.


Use caution when dealing with sharp blades of the utility knife, especially if there are children around.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Tape
  • Funnel
  • Construction paper
  • Hot glue
  • PVA glue
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Black pen
  • Thread
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About the Author

Based in New Jersey, Michelle Raphael has been writing computer and technology articles since 1997. Her work has appeared in “Mac World” magazine and “PC Connections” magazine. Raphael received the George M. Lilly Literary Award in 2000. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University.