The Claw: How to Make an Unusual Halloween Mask

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Jeff_Rudell Jeffery Rudell, contributor
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Say goodbye to uncomfortable plastic masks or sweaty (and ill-smelling) latex hoods. Put a little craft into your costume this year and have a ghoulishly good time doing it.
While made as a mask, this bony creation can easily double as a pumpkin-clutching centerpiece on your holiday table.
A few simple paper shapes are all you need to build this crypt claw.
Say goodbye to uncomfortable plastic masks or sweaty (and ill-smelling) latex hoods. Put a little craft into your costume this year and have a ghoulishly good time doing it.

Say goodbye to uncomfortable plastic masks or sweaty (and ill-smelling) latex hoods. Put a little craft into your costume this year and have a ghoulishly good time doing it.

Photo: Jeff Rudell
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In the spirit of full disclose (and at the risk of being thought a party pooper), I have a problem with Halloween masks. It's not that I don't like dressing up; I do. And, when I dress up, ghoulish attire is my preferred style. It's just that I find most masks uncomfortable, hot, and unaccommodating when it comes to people (like me) who wear glasses. With All Hallows Eve approaching, the requests have started coming in from friends-"Can you make me a mask for a party I'm going to"-and it's gotten me wondering if there isn't some better way to approach this matter.

As I've said, I like the dress-up part, the ghoulish part, and the theatrical elements of the holiday; I just don't want to be hot, sweaty, and trapped inside a latex lizard head. To my way of thinking, the Venetians had the right idea when they perfected the masked ball a few hundred years ago: Put your mask on a stick and carry it with you. The frightful effect is the same with the added benefit that one can easily remove the mask to smile at the host of the party, kiss a neighbor on the cheek, partake of some delicious hors d'oeuvres or, in a perfect world, munch on handfuls of candy corn. And so, today, I offer up "The Claw." It's not exactly a frilly court mask on a ribboned stick, but you can see where I got the idea.

unique halloween mask diy   Download a 1/2 scale template, and trace the figures onto a sheet of white cardstock or watercolor paper.
unique halloween mask diy   After cutting out the pieces, score them as indicated by the dotted lines on the template. I started with the Radius and Ulna bones of the arm.
  Once scored, crease the paper firmly to give it dimension.
unique halloween mask diy   Working from the notch cut into the end of each arm bone, overlap the two edges slightly (1/4 inch or so), glue, and hold in place until dry.

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Comments (18)

SamanthaJones writes: Great Halloween crafting, it costs a lot of time and efforts, but the results are amazing. It can also be combined with various costumes.
Posted: 6:52 am on October 23rd
genalorainne writes: A little bit too much efforts for me, personally, but it looks totally awesome.
Posted: 1:06 pm on March 29th
christianreese writes: Looks really good, but how does it stay on your face? I think it would make a better decoration for the kitchen table than a mask.
Posted: 3:49 am on March 16th
walczak writes: This is great. I managed to already constructed
Posted: 5:55 am on December 11th
EchoLin writes: Fabulous idea, so cute.
Posted: 5:15 am on March 19th
nehmah writes: The grandson will love making this one. Nehmah
Posted: 4:49 pm on October 22nd
tscreates writes: Great way to craft for Halloween. Wish I had more time - I would certainly try this one.
Posted: 10:45 pm on October 30th
Toffy writes: I think this is an amazing idea and scary. Great execution. I would try this and make a few for my entryway table. Thanks for this great idea.
Posted: 8:42 am on October 30th
loveMaegan writes: very cool.
Posted: 1:36 am on October 23rd
daperfectmix writes: maybe it's dejavu, but i swear i saw this post before. it's still awesome!
Posted: 12:08 pm on October 20th
eiedu writes: gr8, and awesome work jeffery, vicky is right make collection of all your personal crafts and makei it live on some gallery like picasa or else

i recommend you to do the join for the professional makeup artist gallery

you will have more sale for your creativity.

check out my makeup gallery for haloween and other masks
Posted: 6:05 am on February 12th
VictoriaNorth writes: gravityworks2,

You should take some photos of your work and add them to the gallery so we can all see how they came out.
Posted: 8:52 pm on October 25th
gravityworks2 writes: I made a few of these for decorations for a kids party. Very easy to make.
Posted: 8:26 am on October 25th
Deana writes: I agree with Jen W. So scary! But, so good!
Posted: 2:44 pm on October 21st
sophiesattic writes: I showed my 16yo old son, and he thought this was cool. I am going to try it right now!
Posted: 7:32 pm on October 20th
Jen_W writes: Jeff, you are scary. Scary-good, that is.
Posted: 2:29 pm on October 20th
gravityworks2 writes: That is just too cool!
Posted: 11:53 am on October 20th
JenniferStern writes: Jeffery--You are amazing!
Posted: 11:01 am on October 20th
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