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How to Create a Plaster and Paper Mache Mask

Updated on October 20, 2015

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Hiding Behind a Mask For Halloween

Are you ready for Halloween? How about making a plaster and paper mache mask? There are a few ways to do this. It can be a mask of some animal, a creepy creature or the profile of your face.

This is about how to make a mask using your own face as the mode. The instructions are below on how to make a cool looking mask.

What mask will you be hiding behind this Halloween?

The into photo is in my Sandyspider Gifts on Zazzle - Not So Famous Artist product line. It is a Soul Comes In All Colors Mask Postcard that can be found in the link below for products. The mask that my daughter made is the mask for these gifts.

See all my Zazzle products on Sandyspider Gifts Just click on the links that are shown here or type them in the search bar on Zazzle.

My products are copyrighted and have a digital thumb print on file. Though you have my permission to use them as an affiliate with a link. Postcards and posters are a great substitute for images to spice up your articles.

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Color of Soul Gifts by the Numbers

  1. Soul Comes In All Colors Mask Mousepad
  2. Soul Comes In All Colors Mask Bag
  3. Soul Comes In All Colors Mask T-shirt
  4. Color of Soul Photo Sculpture
  5. Soul of Color Mask Print

See these five and many other gift items with soul!

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A Quick and Painless Way to Make This Mask or Just Enjoy a Print

The 8"x10" photo sculpture on Zazzle shown above can be changed in to a mask. Cut off the bottom stand and cut out the eyes. Cut two long pieces of yarn and staple one on each side after it is lined up to where you need it.

Paper and Plastic Mask on Amazon

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Paper Mache and Plaster Mask Ideas on Amazon

Above are plain paper mache mask which you can decorate and plaster face mode. The different ways to decorate these mask are with markers and paints. Or add different color newspaper strips or colored photos from pages out of magazines. Paste them on with Mod Podge glue, Elmer's or homemade glue.

Create a theme. Make your face mask look like an animal or add some blood paint or some ugly, hairy moles. Use your imagination.

These won't be a custom fit as they would if you made it completely by itself. But it is an easy way to create your mask.

Find many varieties and ideas to make these

paper mache, plastic masks and kits on Amazon here

How to Make a Mask Out of Plaster Bandages

By DianeBB on Photobucket
By DianeBB on Photobucket

Materials Needed to Make Mask

CraftWrap - Plaster Cloth Gauze Bandage for Scenery, Crafts, Mask Art, Models, Molds, Keepsake Belly Cast - Each Roll 4 inch x 15 feet (Single Roll)
CraftWrap - Plaster Cloth Gauze Bandage for Scenery, Crafts, Mask Art, Models, Molds, Keepsake Belly Cast - Each Roll 4 inch x 15 feet (Single Roll)

Open weave fabric impregnated with Plaster of Paris, which molds easily when moistened. Place individually each cut strip in a warm bowl of water and apply to face. These will automatically stick together.


Instructions on Making the Plaster Mask

The Fun Begins

1. Better to make this a two person operation, where the one person is laying down and the other person is doing the work. Our daughter did this without any help, even though we offered.

2. Make sure to clear an area and put down newspapers. Work in an area that can easily be cleaned.

3. Make sure that your face is clean of makeup and jewelry. Wear a t-shirt that you don't care if it gets messy. Pull back your hair and make sure that there absolutely no way that it will get in the way.

4. Spread a liberal coating of Vaseline all over your face. Our daughter didn't use Vaseline. She wrapped her entire head with plastic wrap and left a couple of breathing holes for her nostrils. Many people add straws in their nostrils for better breathing.

5. Cut 1" by 3" strips of the plaster gauze. Dunk each on in a bowl of warm water. Squeeze out the excess water. Start at the top of the face and work around the outline of the face. Overlap each strip.

6. Continue to fill in and thicken with a couple of layers. Next build up certain areas of the face and reinforce the nose. To build up the cheeks, use smaller strips.

7. Now that the gauze has been added, allow about 30-40 minutes. The mask will start pulling away from the face. At this time, the mask can be taken off. This is the time to examine it to see if there are any areas that need extra work. Add more gauze if necessary.

8. Allow 24 hours for the mask to completely dry.

Fiskars 12-94518697WJ The Original Orange Handled Scissors, 8 Inch
Fiskars 12-94518697WJ The Original Orange Handled Scissors, 8 Inch

Stainless steel offset scissors make it easy to tackle everything from big craft projects. This will be needed to cut the strips of bandages.


Make sure to protect your skin

Vaseline 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, Baby 13 oz (Pack of 3)
Vaseline 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, Baby 13 oz (Pack of 3)

Needed to protect the skin and make it easier for taking the mask off.

Fairfield Poly-Fil Nu-Foam Pre-Cut, 14 by 14 by 2-Inch
Fairfield Poly-Fil Nu-Foam Pre-Cut, 14 by 14 by 2-Inch

A cushion made of compressed polyester. A safer alternative to foam. Cut out enough of the foam to fill the inside of the mask without allowing it to stick to the mask. This will help keep its shape while drying.


Don't forget the glue

Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11302 Matte Finish (Single pack)
Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11302 Matte Finish (Single pack)

Crafters of any skill level can create anything from paper keepsakes to jewelry to home decor items. The original formula, all-in-one glue sealer and finish, can be used to decoupage on nearly any surface. Projects dry to a matte finish. Will be needed for applying the paper mache part of the mask.


Idea For Using This Diversity Mask

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Decorating the Mask

Add the paper for a paper mache look

Once the mask has completely dried, it is time for the next step. Cut strips of newspaper of cartoons or what ever your theme is. Or cut strips out of magazines of photos and words, as our daughter did.

Glue the strips over the mask with Mod Podge glue. Our daughter had the clear and sprinkle glue. She went all out and decorated the inside as well.

Brittany was the only student who made a plaster and paper mache mask for her multicultural class. All the students took an easier route. The teacher asked if she could keep the mask. No other mask even came close to comparison. It did sit as a display until it was eventually given back. Throughout the high school years, much of her artwork sat in the display cases at the high school for all to see.

My Daughter's Mask Reminds Me of Mardi Gras.

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Will You Be Making a Mask For Halloween?

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    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      colorfulone Sure you would enjoy it.

    • colorfulone profile image

      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      This could be a fun project to do with my grandchildren's help.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Yvette Munro I remember making many crafts with paper mache.

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      Yvette Munro 

      4 years ago

      Gosh, I completely forgot about paper mache. I used to make loads in the school holidays. What a great idea for a hub.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      SusannaDuffy Halloween is just around the corner. Here is your chance to start making these.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      OhMe, Only thing that I suggest is that you need to have patience. A lot of work, but fun.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I haven't made a papier mache mask for years! I must remedy that

    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      These are sure great instructions and sounds like it would be fun to try

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @aminebombom: Everyone tells me that I am cool. LOL

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      5 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      Thank you for sharing with us how to make masks, you are really cool

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      steadytracker lm 

      5 years ago

      An excellent and very informative too. Just in time for the upcomming halloween season. Thanks for sharing

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      6 years ago

      How absolutely wondrous as a project that is close up and personal...unique, fun and it's a piece of are when you're done! :)

    • kathysart profile image


      6 years ago

      Checking this lens out again. I MUST DO this!! Love love this lens.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      6 years ago from Texas

      The custon mask are cool. I was thinking about making a full body sculpture to use as a dress form. Wonder if it would hold up? Thanks for the info.

    • cdgood profile image


      6 years ago

      I Forgot all about these masks! Thanks for the reminder.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Expensive Halloween costumes are wonderful - if someone cannot afford them - these are grand - and even if you can - these are more creative. Papier mache takes me back to my childhood. Blessed.

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      6 years ago

      What a cool idea. My girls are always looking for an activity to do. This would keep them busy for some time. They are quite artistic too, as your daughter surely is.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens ... I used to make those masks when I was a kid, it was lots of fun. I will definitely try to make this masks with my daughter as soon as she grows up a little.

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      6 years ago

      Fantastic article, interesting reading!

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @athomemomblog: We did this in my class many years ago. It is fun and I thank you for reminding me about it. Blessings.

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      Genesis Davies 

      7 years ago from Guatemala

      Creative daughter you have! Love the idea of using bits of magazine to decorate.

    • virtualboy profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm goingf totry and make one for Halloween.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Paper mache masks are a fun craft! I've featured your lens on my paper mache ideas page.

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great craft idea.

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Great step by step tutorial on making a plaster mask. The final result was fantastic!

    • kathysart profile image


      7 years ago

      VERY cool.. I had a wonderful visit! angel blessed.

    • LeCordonDude profile image


      7 years ago

      I want to make a paper mache moosehead mount! I'm gonna try with this lens!

    • auntjennie profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      I skipped reading step seven and went to straight 8. i realized my mistake because not many people could sit with a mask on their face for 24 hours. 30-40 minutes sounds a lot better. I would love to try making my own mask but I think I would feel a bit claustrophobic. I could do on someone else however. Great instructions and photos.

    • SookieLovesToPa profile image


      7 years ago

      Brilliant idea for personalizing your Halloween. :)

    • mermaidlife profile image


      7 years ago

      I'd like to try this also. It looks like a lot of fun. I like wide-eyed expression behind the finished mask.

    • laguild profile image


      7 years ago

      What a fun lens! Thanks so much for sharing this info! I really wanna try this!

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      7 years ago

      great job. nice and neat lens

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This looks like a cool mask and not too hard to make. I bet it's a lot of fun too, as long as the model doesn't get the giggles. Love the photos, blessed.

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I did this when I was a kid in school. I recommend it as a project to do with all your children.

      Fun lens.

    • CruiseReady profile image


      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      Beautiful lens .... looks like a really fun project. Well deserved PurPle Star here.

    • QuiltFinger profile image


      8 years ago from Tennessee

      Great work! I'm going to feature this project on my paper mache paste lens.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Amazing. I love doing this. Thanks for this lens. This will be great to do with the grandchildren.

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      8 years ago

      I remember doing this as a kid, nice idea!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Excellent directions! You made me think I might actually be able to do this without suffocating one of my children. LOL You will find this featured on Squid Angel Mouse Tracks in Crafts.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      I love these mask! I've got to send this link to my son! :)

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      Tonie Cook 

      8 years ago from USA

      This is a great DIY Mask page. I haven't worked with plaster casts since I was in school, and boy did this bring back a few memories . . . and great ideas for Halloween! Thank you for sharing your Plaster Mask Recipe with the world.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens, as always, besides the wonderful ideas and doable instructions.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Now that I have my wings back, I can add some angel dust here too.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      I made these a long time ago, and may try it again someday. Congratulations on your purple star.

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      JenniferAkers LM 

      8 years ago

      My son will absolutely love to see this! He usually makes his costume every year. Last year was a zombie, and he successfully freaked out people with his 'rotting arm'. Great instructions on making a plaster and paper mache mask - thank you!

    • Aquavel profile image


      8 years ago

      GREAT lens! I haven't made a Plaster of Paris mask in years! You are motivating me to do so! I'll have to do it when my husband is at work because he'll freak when he sees the mess I make! But oh, such fun! Plaster bandages, paint and feathers, here I come! Thanks for the motivation! And congrats on your well-deserved purple star!

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      8 years ago

      What a fabulous idea! What fun it would be to make our own masks! I remember making these when I was in public school (a very long time ago LOL). Congratulations on your shiny new Purple Star! - Kathy

    • kathysart profile image


      8 years ago

      LOVE LOVE it! I keep thinking I want to make some masks. Now.. I KNOW it! Thanks for all the great tips and ideas.

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      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      Congratulations on your well deserved purple star. Love the Zazzle designs you have shared here! Nice Work.

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Very well deserved Purple Star for this mask lens! Awesome!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      8 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Very interesting. Great idea for those creative souls who have the time and patience to make them.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @CherylsArt: She figured the plastic wrap would give it a closer and more customized look. It might have been more harder to take the mask off the face, but it turned out good.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Interesting lens Sandy. What did you daughter think of using plastic wrap instead of Vaseline? It almost sounds like a better choice. Congratulations on your purple star.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens my dear! Congrats on your purple star!

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      8 years ago

      Congrats on the Purple Star!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      wow Sandy, Thanks. I nominated it because it is a great lens on plaster and paper mache mask.

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice purple star acknowledgement. Very interesting topic and helpful.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congrats on that pretty purple star

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      Nathalie Roy 

      8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Congrats on your star!

    • TriviaChamp profile image


      8 years ago

      Looks like a fun family activity. Congrats on the star.

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      8 years ago

      My daughters both made masks with the plaster strips at a theatre camp and they turned out well. I'd love to do them myself.

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      8 years ago

      These masks are great. I must give this a try.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I think this would be a fun project. Thanks for instructions and tips on Creating a Plaster and Paper Mache Mask for Halloween.

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      sukkran trichy 

      8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      creating a paper/plaster mask is easy now. thanks sandy, learned a new technique from you.

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @RhondaAlbom: She said it was uncomfortable when she did it. But she thought the plastic wrap would make it fit more to the contours of her face. I'm not really sure. But the Vaseline would have been more messy.

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      8 years ago from Rhode Island

      fun and very cool I like the idea a lot and you could and would probably want to save it after I love it !

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      The possibilities are endless for the masks you can create like this! Nice wrok! I left you some angel dust!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      This is a great lens on creating a plaster and paper mache mask. I agree with your daughter, I don't think I would want my face covered with the vaseline, but didn't it get really hot with the plastic? Beautiful mask! Talent family.

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      8 years ago

      I have never made one either..but this explains it preety clearly and I like the color of soul mousepad a lot

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      8 years ago

      Never made a mask before, but it seems easy enough with your instructions. Love the "Thank You" card.

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      8 years ago

      Wow.. very good instructions on making these masks! Great Job!!


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