How to make a homemade masquerade mask

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How to make a homemade masquerade mask
Masquerade masks can be elaborate or simple. (masquerade image by Erin Cadigan from

Masquerade masks offer a touch of elegance to any costume or formal attire. Because of this, they are popular for women of all ages, especially around Halloween. While you can purchase masquerade masks at stores, they can be expensive. Thankfully, it's easy to make an inexpensive masquerade mask from home. Best of all, homemade masquerade masks are custom-made to fit a specific face and are easily customised according to individual tastes, unlike store-bought masks.

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Things you need

  • Petroleum jelly
  • Plaster strips
  • Water
  • Chopstick
  • Sand paper
  • Clear paint
  • Coloured acrylic paint
  • Embellishments
  • Hot glue gun

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  1. 1

    Apply petroleum jelly all around the face where the mask will fit. Apply extra jelly over the eyebrows and hairline.

  2. 2

    Wet two strips of plaster and apply them across the nose area of the face (in between the eyes) in an "X" formation.

  3. 3

    Continue to apply wet plaster strips on the face around the eye area until the entire area is covered, leaving holes for the eyes. Apply two or three layers of plaster.

  4. 4

    Allow the plaster to dry until it starts to feel hard. Peel the plaster mask off of the face, wiggling the face and nose to help the mask become free from the face.

  5. 5

    Attach a chopstick to one side of the mask by layering wet plaster strips over it. Allow the mask to dry overnight.

  6. 6

    Sand the mask with sand paper until it is smooth. Sand the edges of the mask to shape them and round them out. Cover the mask with clear paint to seal it.

  7. 7

    Paint the mask with coloured acrylic paint. Apply embellishments such as ribbons, sequins, feathers and glitter with a hot glue gun.

Tips and warnings

  • You can find plaster strips in speciality craft stores.

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