How to Make Snake Masks

Create a snake mask with some basic craft materials and dress up as a slithering reptile for Halloween. A snake's face is oddly shaped, so you will need to use a picture as a reference to get the shape right. You can even use an overlapping technique similar to laying shingles on a roof to mimic the scales on a snake's skin. Find the materials you need wherever craft supplies are sold.

Measure to the centre of a paper plate and draw a horizontal line lightly with a pencil, all the way across the centre from one edge to the other. Draw a line from one end of the horizontal line, that gently curves down to the middle of the bottom edge of the plate and gently curves back up to the other end of the horizontal line. This curved line forms the snout of the snake. Look at a close-up picture of a snake's head for inspiration.

Cut along the curved line so that the bottom half of the plate forms the snout of the snake. Discard the piece that you cut from the edges of the bottom half and erase the pencil line across the middle.

Hold the plate up to your face with the snout facing down and mark where your eyes are with a pen. Cut out two eye holes so you can see.

Cut 1/2-inch-wide circles out of green tissue paper and glue them to the plate with white craft glue. Layer them with ones that are halfway covering the circles below them, like the scales on the snake's face. Wait two hours for the glue to dry.

Cut a florist foam ball in half with a knife and paint each half with black acrylic paint to make the snake's eyes. Wait one hour for the paint to dry, then glue the eyes to the plate on either side. The edges of the eyes should line up with the edges of the plate, right above where it curves down at the snout.

Cut two ovals out of black construction paper and glue them near the bottom edge of the snout for the nostrils.

Poke a small hole on each side of the mask and tie a piece of elastic string through the holes to keep the snake mask on your face.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plate
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper
  • Craft glue
  • Florist foam ball
  • Knife
  • Acrylic paint
  • Construction paper
  • Elastic string
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