How to Make an Iron Man Mask

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How to Make an Iron Man Mask
Iron Man is a popular superhero with kids and adults alike, and making a mask can be done at home to complete your costume. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Iron Man has been a mainstay in the superhero world since his debut in a Marvel comic in 1963. The so-called best dressed of the superheroes jumped to the big screen in 2008 in "Iron Man," which was followed by "Iron Man 2" in 2010. Iron Man toys and costumes have become popular with kids of all ages, but for someone looking to dress like Iron Man, the famous mask can be made at home with just some simple household items and papier-mache.

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Things you need

  • Iron Man photo
  • Hockey mask
  • Red ski mask
  • Bowl
  • Liquid starch
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Box cutter
  • Gold paint
  • Paint brush

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  1. 1

    Print a picture of Iron Man off the Internet or find one in a magazine. You will need to use this picture as your guide for cutting the papier-mache later in the project.

  2. 2

    Find a red ski mask and a hockey mask that comfortably fit the head of the person who will be wearing the Iron Man mask.

  3. 3

    Pour liquid starch into a large bowl that you can reach into with both of your hands.

  4. 4

    Cut newspaper into 6-inch-wide strips. These will be used for the papier-mache on the hockey mask.

  5. 5

    Dip the newspaper strips into liquid starch and run them through your fingers to get rid of any extra liquid. Place the strips over the hockey mask, covering any openings completely. You will want to add three layers of the strips, placing them in a crisscross pattern. Let the papier-mache dry completely.

  6. 6

    Draw Iron Man's features on the dried papier-mache using a pencil, with the photo of Iron Man as your guide. You will need two eye holes and a mouth hole.

  7. 7

    Cut out the eye holes and mouth hole you drew using a box cutter. Place the hockey mask on the person who will be wearing the Iron Man mask and make sure the eyes and mouth both work for the wearer.

  8. 8

    Paint the hockey mask and the papier-mache with gold paint. Cover the mask completely. Allow the paint to dry.

  9. 9

    Place the red ski mask on the head of the person who will be Iron Man. Put the gold hockey mask on top and you have Iron Man.

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