I call this a poor crafter's mask as it is made from basic materials, no fancy plastic or anything.
This one is the first I made. I needed a mask for a masquerade, so I improvised this. I went as an East Indian lady- hence the lotus flowers and the bindi.
This one is thinner than my first one and doesn't keep its shape as well, but it used less materials and was faster to make as well as lighter. The two swirls on the side are connected by a thin strand of clear thread used in jewelry so that the whole side will lie flat.
This one rather than a simple mask modeled to my face has an added nose. The frame-work for the nose are actually toothpicks taped together. It sounds fragile, but it's actually held up not badly.
Aluminum foil (or other sort of foil)
Masking or artist's tape
Hole punch, Exacto knife, or similar tool
Ribbon, elastic, or other tie
Needle and thread (optional)
1. Cut out a large piece of foil which is large enough to cover the area for your mask and more. For more strength, you may want to use at least two layers of the foil.
2. Mold the foil to your facial features.
3. Carefully mark where your eyes are. Take the mask off, and punch small holes for your eyes from the inside of the mask to the outside so there will be no sharp edges close to your eyes.
4. Put the mask back on and look in the mirror to see how it looks. Take the pencil and mark the outline of your mask.
5. Cut along the outline. Try on the mask again, and repeat until the mask is the desires shape.
6. Draw how you want the eye holes to be shaped. This is best done with the mask off and even on a separate piece of paper that can be flipped to trace both eyes.
7. Cut out the eye holes and make sure they look even.
8. Tear or cut small pieces of the tape and apply them to both sides of the mask until no foil is showing. Put on a couple layers of the tape so that the mask is not be so very flimsy.
9. Paint the mask. It is advisable to paint at least two base coats so that the edges of the tape will not be so obvious.
10. Let the mask dry.
11. At both sides, just above where the ears would be, cut a slit or punch a hole for the tie.
12. Thread the ribbon or elastic through the holes. Knot the ends or fold them under and sew across them.
Enjoy your mask!