If you are in need of a wolf costume for Halloween or any other purpose, consider making one at home rather than buying one at an expensive retail store or online distributor. Wolf masks are easy and affordable to make and can be customised as much as you want. Most masks can be created using materials you already have or with basic items that can be found at your local art and hobby supply store. You can even use a picture of your favourite wolf character as a guide.
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Paper Plate Wolf Mask
This mask is the perfect option for a novice crafter, kids, or someone looking for a really easy craft project to try out. Use a paper plate as the base for your mask and centre it over your face. Make pencil markings around your eyes, nose and mouth so you can see and breath comfortably. Cut out holes for each. Draw a wolf's face on a piece of construction paper, or print out a picture of one online, making sure that it will fit the paper plate. Glue this picture to the front of the paper plate, cutting out holes for the eyes, nose and mouth. Punch two holes in either side of the mask and thread a piece of string through each hole. Tie the string at the back of your head to keep the mask in place.
Faux Fur and Felt Wolf Mask
For a more realistic wolf look, faux fur and felt are affordable and easy-to-use supplies. You can use a paper plate or piece of poster board for a base (follow the process as described in the previous section, cutting out holes for the eyes, nose and mouth). Instead of attaching construction paper, however, cover the paper plate completely with faux fur in your desired wolf colour. Add felt or faux fur ears to the top of the plate using hot glue or a needle and thread. Use acrylic paint, pieces of felt or pipe cleaners to customise your wolf mask with scars, facial features and matted fur. Attach string to either side of the mask to hold in place.
Papier-mache Wolf Mask
Papier-mache is a simple yet time-consuming craft project. Blow up a balloon so that it is approximately the size of your face and tie closed. Dip strips of newspaper approximately 1 inch wide in a glue and water mixture, then layer over one side of the balloon. Let dry completely for 24 hours before continuing with a second layer. Repeat with as many layers as desired, allowing a full day of dry time between each layer. The more layers, the sturdier your wolf mask will be. Once you have let it dry, remove the balloon by popping it. Cut holes for the eyes, nose and mouth of your mask using a craft knife, and trim any excess materials with scissors. Customise your wolf mask using paint, faux fur, crepe paper, construction paper, felt, fabric or any other material. Attach in place with string. Similarly, you can shape a mask out of clay and decorate as above.
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