Make a three-dimensional mask of one of the characters from "Transformers" for Halloween or for a Transformers theme party. Use materials from around the house that you would have thrown away and save money from buying a mask from a costume store. Follow a specific procedure and a paper mache recipe to make a mask that is sturdy and has the mask shape of your favourite Transformer. You will also be sure that the mask fits your face properly and is comfortable.
Measure the height and width of your face to see how large the mask needs to be and add half an inch to the height and width. Use these measurements to cut out the panel of a plastic, one-gallon milk jug that has the handle with a sharp utility knife. An adult is needed to perform this step.
Hold the plastic jug panel up to your face and have someone help you mark where your eyes are with a marker. Make a dot on either side of the mask. Have an adult cut the eye holes out with a utility knife and punch holes where the marks are with the tip of the knife.
Draw and cut out the shapes of the Transformer's masks on a piece of thick, corrugated cardboard. Look at an image of your favourite Transformer's face or an action figure to get the shapes that make up the face. For example, if you are making Optimus Prime's mask, make two pointed shapes for the top of the sides of his head, an oval for the middle of his forehead and two panels that meet together over his mouth and nose.
Glue the cardboard pieces in place with a hot glue gun and wait at least 20 minutes for the glue to harden all the way.
Tear 10 sheets of white paper into half-inch wide, four-inch long strips. Mix two cups of white, non-toxic craft glue and two cups of water in a bowl to make paper mache paste. Dip each strip of paper into the mixture and apply them to the mask to cover the plastic and cardboard surfaces. Place them so that the curves and shapes of the cardboard and the handle of the jug are still visible. Make one layer of strips, let it dry overnight and apply the second layer.
Paint the areas of the mask with acrylic paint in the appropriate colours for your Transformer's mask. For Optimus Prime, paint the top of the mask blue and the bottom half silver. Wait two hours for the paint to dry all the way and tie the ends of the a piece of elastic in the holes on the sides so the mask will stay on your head.
Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Plastic milk jug
- Utility knife
- Transformer image
- Corrugated cardboard
- Hot glue gun
- White glue
- Acrylic paint
- Elastic string