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Tips for Hanging Masks on a Wall

Updated February 21, 2017

Masks are an art form with designs that cross many cultures, encompass many colour schemes and incorporate several aesthetic styles, making them a choice for interesting wall decor Unfortunately, the shapes of some masks can make it challenging to hang them on walls. Creating a secure, even hang for masks sometimes requires a little bit of creative engineering tailored to the shape and size of the mask.

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Press the mask to the wall. If possible, tilt it so that the forehead and eye area rests flat against the wall, rather than the lower portion of the face.

Poke a pencil through each eye hole to make marks on the wall. Center the pencil marks in each eye as best as possible.

Set the mask aside.

Drive a nail into each pencil mark using a hammer. Insert each nail about a quarter of an inch. You might want to go slightly deeper when using large nails for heavier masks.

Hang the mask on the nails, threading them through the eyes. Adjust the angle of the mask and nudge it gently from side to side for the right position.

Tie the string taut on the rear of the mask so that it is stretching across the mask and forming a tight line.

Cut a rectangular strip of paperboard. It should be about as wide as the distance between the outside edges of the mask's eyes and 2 inches to 4 inches high.

Tape the paperboard to the centre of the taut string with masking tape.

Fasten the paperboard to the wall using a wall mounting strip.

Cut a rectangular piece of foam fitted to the mask's size. Make it roughly as wide as the space from the outside of one eye to the other on the mask and as tall as double the height of the mask's mouth.

Attach the foam to the inside of the mask, in the centre of the forehead, using double-sided tape.

Cut another identical foam rectangle. Glue it to the first. Repeat until you've added enough layers that the foam will touch the wall when you press the mask to the wall to hang it. Let the glue dry.

Attach the mask to the wall using mounting squares on the foam pad.

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Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Large nails
  • Pencil
  • Masking tape
  • Paperboard
  • Wall mounting strips
  • Craft foam
  • Craft glue

About the Author

Lauren Vork has been a writer for 20 years, writing both fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in "The Lovelorn" online magazine and Vork holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from St. Olaf College.

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