How to make a skull mask

Updated February 21, 2017

Skull masks make for spooky costumes for Halloween or any fancy dress party. Making your very own skull mask lets you personalise the mask, and provides a creative and fun craft activity for you or your kids. Make a skull mask with a few tools and materials from your local craft shop.

Measure your face (or the child's face if the mask is for a child) from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin, and from ear to ear. This will give you an idea of how big you'll need to cut your mask.

Draw an oval face shape on your sheet of white foam about 2.5 cm (1 inch) longer than the measurements you took. For example if you measured 10 cm (8 inches) from your forehead to chin, make the length of the oval 12.5 cm (9 inches). Remember you don't want a perfect oval shape, make it a little narrower on one end to accommodate the facial shape of a chin.

Cut out the face shape you traced and place it over your face, or the child's face, to get an idea of where you will cut out the eye holes. Use a pencil and mark the areas where your eyes line up with the mask, then trace and cut out circles large enough for your eyes to see through.

Cut out a piece of black foam in the shape of a triangle, about 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide and 5 cm (2 inches) long. Glue the triangle on to your mask in between the two eyes just below them. This will be the nasal cavity of your skull, as skulls don't have protruding noses.

Paint the teeth and jaw line of your skull and add any additional touches as you like. For example, for a sparkling mask you can add some glitter or sequins with glue, or use red paint to add some bloody gore to your mask. Allow any glue and paint to dry for two hours.

Place the mask over your face (or your child's) and mark a small dot on either side of the mask where it lines up with your ears. Use a hole punch to form holes where you've marked the dots.

Pull string through one of the holes and knot it to secure around the hole. Place the mask over your face and pull the string around the back of your head and through the other hole and tie it in a knot to secure. You want the string to be secure and around your head, but not too tight to where it applies pressure.


Glow in the dark paint is one idea if you want a spooky mask that can be seen in the dark.

Use wool and glue it on top of your mask to make crazy hair to go with your skull.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • White foam sheet
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Black foam sheet
  • Craft glue
  • Fabric paints
  • Hole punch
  • Thick string
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Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.