How to Make a Paper Mache Cast of a Face

Updated July 18, 2017

If you've ever wondered what a cast of your face looks like or want to make your own mask for Halloween, paper mache is the perfect medium to do so. Paper mache is a cheap and easy crafts project for children and adults. Chances are, you already have everything you need to get started. If not, the materials are easy to find.

Cover the table you'll be using with sheets of newspaper or cardboard.

Tear some newspaper into strips that are varying lengths.

Combine water and white glue in a ratio of one part water to two parts glue. Use a container with a lid (cottage cheese or yoghurt containers work well) to mix the ingredients. To keep cleanup simple, use a plastic knife or spoon to mix the liquids together. Now you have paste.

Prepare the face that will be used to mould the cast by tying the hair back off the face with a hair tie. Apply petroleum jelly to the surface of the face, particularly around the eyebrows and the hairline. Alternatively, cling film can be used to instead. Wrap the face and head, using scissors to cut out holes at the nostrils.

Dip the newspaper strips in the glue mixture, carefully placing the strips on the face, beginning with the nose. Do not cover the nostrils or the eyes. Use at least two or three layers to cover the face.

Dry the mask. This will take about 20 to 30 minutes. The mask will feel warm as it dries.

Remove the mask once the warm feeling subsides. Carefully remove the mask, setting it aside to dry completely overnight.

Trim the edges the next day with scissors. The cast is ready to decorate.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard (optional)
  • White glue
  • Water
  • Cling film (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Hair tie
  • Container with lid
  • Plastic spoon or knife
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A professional writer since 2004, Abby Roberts holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing and has worked as a magazine editor, a staff writer and as a freelance writer for "Muscle and Fitness Hers" magazine. Roberts also produces a blog for female cyclists. She has experience working with cyclists in different facets of training and performance enhancement.