How To Make Realistic Face Masks

Face mask template

To create any kind of face mask you'll first need a cast of someone’s face.

You will need:

  • Art Hobby Plaster Bandages, (found at any arts and craft store.)
  • Scissors
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • A bowl
  • A towel
  • An old pair of pantyhose or Tights
  • Large Plastic lawn bag


  1. Cut Plaster bandages in to strips, (Enough for 2-4 thick layers, more if making a full head cast.
  2. First make sure your subject is calm.
  3. Apply petroleum jelly to face and neck to prevent cast from sticking.
  4. Place the cut off foot or seat of the pantyhose over subjects head and hair.
  5. Instruct subject to sit very still.
  6. Cut slit in bottom of lawn bag pull over the subjects head to cover up clothing.
  7. Wrap towel around subject’s neck to prevent leakage.
  8. Fill bowl with warm water.
  9. Dip strips into water and the parts of the face and head that you’re going to cast.
  10. Do this very fast for the strips dry quickly.
  11. Press into the crevices especially if the mask is going to be built on the cast.
  12. Leaf small air passages at the nose.
  13. If you want a more movable cast use lesser plaster bandages for face.
  14. After cast is dry and hardened remove slowly.
  15. Once mask is off you can add things to it using glue or paste.

If you want, you can take a brush and add rubber silicone to inside of the face mask to form a more realistic mold of the face and decorate it as you wish.

I like to add papier mache because of it's easy to find what you need for the projects. I like to mix my paste and strings of paper into a pulp, using a blender. You can use school glue mixed with water, wall paper paste, but I use corn starch. If you are going to keep papier mache masks add salt to the paste or you could get bugs.

Now rubber silicone is better if you want to use the cast as a mold. You can coat the inside of the cast and in this case you don't use pantyhose to cover the face. Only use the petroleum jelly over the face when you make the cast or the pantyhose seams will show up in the silicone mask.

There are plenty of sites for making masks on the web. I like to check out U Tube because you can watch the masks being made. I am sure this will give you lots of ideals for making your own. One of my favorite sites if you want to make the silicone masks is:

Whether you’re making real looking face masks or just beautiful masks with glitter and feathers, this is a fun project.


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