How to Make a Alien Mask Out of Paper

Updated February 21, 2017

Aliens are a beloved and often feared element to our culture. One particular subset of aliens are referred to as "Grays." These grey-skinned aliens are thin with large heads, delicate facial features and large black eyes. You can make an alien mask out of a piece of paper, using paint and markers to decorate it. This paper mask is fairly easy and quick to make, so you can create an army of greys in an afternoon.

Place a piece of 11-by-17-inch cardstock on a table.

Draw a 7-inch diameter circle near one end of the paper. A salad plate makes a good template to trace around. This forms the bulk of the alien's face.

Draw a rounded "V" shape connected to the bottom of the circle. The bottom of the V should be 3 to 4 inches below the bottom of the circle, depending on the size of your face. This forms the alien's chin.

Cut out the mask.

Measure the space between your eyes and transfer that measurement to the mask with a pencil. Gray aliens are typically depicted with almond-shaped eyes, tilted downward in the middle. Sketch eye holes in the lower portion of the circle to give the illusion of a large cranium.

Cut out the eyes.

Punch a hole in both sides of the mask with a hole punch. The holes should be 1 inch in from the mask's edge.

Paint the front of the mask with light grey paint. You can also use coloured pencils, art markers or any other medium that you want.

If you can find grey cardstock, skip this step.

Draw a small nose and mouth slit with a black marker.

Cut out two pieces of black lace that are larger than the eye holes.

Glue the lace over the eye holes on the back of the mask using white glue. Allow the glue to dry completely.

Tie a black string to the holes on the sides of the mask to keep it on your face.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardstock
  • Plate (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Paint, coloured pencils or markers
  • Black marker
  • Black lace
  • White glue
  • Black string
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Alex Smith began writing in 2006 and brings a combination of education and humor to various websites. He holds a Master of Arts in theater and works as a professional makeup and special-effects artist.