How to Build an Ironman Mask Out of Cardboard

Written by patrice lesco
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The Ironman character has achieved renewed popularity with the release of "Ironman," the movie. The features of the Ironman costume are quite distinctive, as are the features of the Ironman mask. While you can purchase Ironman masks to wear with your costume or spend hours moulding a mask out of metal or clay, you also have the option of reducing your costs and effort significantly by creating your Ironman mask out of cardboard.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Gold spray paint
  • White stockings
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Red material
  • Elastic

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    The Mask Form

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    Draw each shape for the mask on cardboard, using a pencil. This includes the V shape of the snout, the flap portion of the forehead and the catlike eyes section. Once you have drawn these shapes, extend the edges of them one inch. Use a ruler to measure. Leave your original shape outline in pencil on the cardboard.

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    Cut each section out of the cardboard, using scissors or a utility knife.

  3. 3

    Spray paint each section gold. For safety, paint outside. Allow the paint to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Fold down the extended portions of the sections. By folding down the cardboard sections you are creating the chiselled features of the mask.


  1. 1

    Cut out strips of sheer white stockings with scissors. You should be able to see through the stockings.

  2. 2

    Glue the white sticking strips on the backside of the cardboard that you have cut for the eyes. Allow the glue to dry.

  3. 3

    Attach the eye section of the mask to the snout section of the mask with craft glue and allow the glue to dry.

  4. 4

    Attach the forehead flap portion of the mask to the top of the eye section of the mask with glue. Allow the glue to dry.

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    Trim the edges of the mask with scissors so that all of the edges are even and will form around the face of the person wearing the mask.


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    Paint a red strip on the bottom of the snout with acrylic paint and a paint brush.

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    Cut red material with scissors. The red material should be enough so that it will cover the complete back of the person's head wearing the mask and be able to tuck into the collar of their shirt. A 24 inch by 24 inch square of material will be enough to start.

  3. 3

    Attach the red material to the edges of the mask on the back and sides with craft glue. Trim any excess material with scissors. Allow the glue to completely dry.

Tips and warnings

  • If the mask is loose fitting, attach a piece of elastic under the red material to each side of the cardboard with craft glue. The elastic should wrap around the back of the head to hold the mask in place.

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