Oct 30, 2013

DIY: day of the dead mask

This year I took inspiration from the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos,
for my Halloween costume! Unfortunately I have to work Halloween evening, so I wanted a costume that would be simple to put on instead of taking hours to apply. I thought making a mask would be the easiest option while still allowing me to have fun with makeup and details.

All you need for this project are a few things from your local craft store:
-full face mask
-variety of paints (acrylic in your choice of colors and black puff paint for fine lines)
-fake flowers (also your choice, I went with three different colors in varying sizes)
-scissors
-hole punch
-hot glue gun (preferred)
-marker/pencil
-thin ribbon (color of your choice)

The rest of the details are up to you! Sugar skulls are known for being vibrant so this gives you a chance to be creative and add your own embellishments.


1- Start with a basic full-face mask.

2- Use a hold punch to create two evenly spaced holes on either side of the mask. These don’t need to look absolutely perfect since you will be covering them up with flowers.

3- Because you are making a half-face mask, cut off the bottom of the mask to get it out of your way.

4- Shape your mask. I cut mine just through the nostrils and rounded the cheeks to match the natural curve of my face.

5- Decide how far down on your mask you would like to begin gluing flowers, draw a line if necessary.

6- Sketch the patterns you would like to paint onto your mask. Traditional ideas are petal-designs around the eyes, flowers, spiderwebs, whimsical lines, etc. Add as much or as little detail as you want!

7- Fill in designs with acrylic paint. Outline desired details with black puff paint to make them pop. You can also use the black to give the appearance of shading. Make sure to allow enough time for the mask to completely dry before moving on to the next steps.

9- String ribbon through the holes you’ve created, with enough to tie the mask on.

9- Glue flowers to the mask around the crown of your face. It is helpful to create a basic layout idea before your start gluing.

10- Add plastic spiders (or other embellishments) to various areas on the mask.


Pair your mask with white face paint, a bright Mexican pattern or black lace dress and you’ve got a costume that you had fun making but that won’t take much effort Halloween day. Check back tomorrow to see my whole costume put together!










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