How to Make a Batman Mask With a Foam Plate

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How to Make a Batman Mask With a Foam Plate
Cut a foam plate to create a Batman mask for a costume party or a child's play outfit. (scissors image by Pefkos from

Batman, a well-known comic book superhero who made his first appearance in "Detective Comics #27" in May 1939, is known for his black costume with a yellow belt and bat symbol displayed across the chest, along with the famous Batman cape and mask. This world-recognised costume is a popular choice for children and adults dressing up for Halloween and other occasions. You can make a Batman mask yourself at home from a foam plate with a few basic supplies.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Foam plate
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 1 cup black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Elastic

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  1. 1

    Lay a foam plate flat on a table or other hard surface. The concave side of the plate should be facing downwards.

  2. 2

    Sketch a freehand drawing of the outline of the signature Batman mask onto the underside of the plate. Begin the outline on one side by making a straight line upward near the outer edge of the plate with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Draw one pointed ear at the top of this line, go straight across horizontally and create another pointed ear of the same size on the opposite side. The ears should be relatively close together, straighter on the inside edges and more curved on the outer edges, like a bat's ears.

  4. 4

    Draw a line downward to make the opposite side of the face, then two angled lines, one coming down from the bottom point of each side of the mask to create the fully covered nose portion that is one of the most recognisable features of the iconic Batman mask. Add two Batman eyes on the mask, about halfway up between the bottom and top edge, pointed at the edges.

  5. 5

    Cut out the Batman mask, and paint the front of the mask with black acrylic paint and a medium-size paintbrush. Acrylic paint works well for this project because of its quick drying time and full coverage on the foam material. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly. This should take only about 30 minutes; refer to the instructions on the paint package to be sure.

  6. 6

    Cut a small hole on each side of the mask, on the same level as the bottom of the eyes. Thread a piece of elastic through the holes, adjust it to fit the wearer's head, and secure it with a knot at each end.

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