How to Make and Paint a SCARY MASK for Halloween out of Cardboard and Paint Pens

Uncategorized Oct 20, 2020

One year we were invited to a Dunes Club Halloween Party when we were in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for Halloween – we had only an hour to come up with costumes.

But, thanks to the wonders of duct-tape, Posca paint pens and cardboard, Drew was able to throw this scary mask “medicine man” Halloween costume together fast!

Here’s how you can make your own Scary Halloween Mask and Costume using everyday household items:


*FACE MASK – Cardboard, Posca Paint Pens, wire, palm fronds or any type of greenery, duct tape

Draw a creepy mask on cardboard, then cut it out with scissors.  Put a piece of wire inside the  mask so it keeps it’s curve.  Secure it with duct tape on the inside.  A strap to hold it on was made with duct tape.  The palm fronds were cut and laid into a fan on the top, and around the back of the strap, and secured with duct tape.  (If you don’t have palm fronds, try any other green, sturdy leaves.)  For paint pens, any will do.  Of course, our favorite paint is Posca.

(If you want to join our LIVE VIRTUAL POSCA PAINT PARTY where Drew will guide you, step by step on how to make and paint your own Scary Halloween Mask, sign up for our October 14, 2020 event (and all other events) HERE: 

*TOP – Drew found an old furry ski vest in the closet that his dad used to wear decades ago.

*GRASS SKIRT– A pair of board shorts with a grass-green colors, palm fronds, duct tape:  LAY out long pieces of duct tape and cut palm fronds to lay the ends on the duct tape, until it looks cool.  Lay duct tape on top, size it to your waist, and put it on over your shorts.

Taping on the palm fronds

*SKULL HEAD PROP – We bought the skull at Michael’s Arts & Crafts store.  Drew duct taped it to a broom stick and taped palm fronds beneath it.

*ACCESSORIES – We found some shell necklaces and bracelets around the house.  Look around and see what you have hidden in drawers and gardens and add that to your costume.  For authenticity, Drew painted arm-band tattoos around his arms with markers.

We love making our own costumes  – they always look so much better than one you can buy.  Part of the fun of Halloween is making your own.

This costume was a big hit – everyone loved it!


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