Spokane residents are choosing to wear authentic cat masks to this years Halloween parties and events. They are quite easy to make and also very economical.
The supplies you will need for this project are a plastic mask form, paper mache, newspaper, water, a wooden spoon, a plastic container with a lid, faux fur, a craft knife, scissors, a black permanent marker, fishing line, tacky glue, 1/5” elastic, tape, 2-inch sharp needle, stapler and staples.
Mix the paper mache following the directions on the box, carefully. Mix the paper mache with the wooden spoon. Cover the paper mache mixture with a lid when you are not using it.
Cover up the work surface with four sheets of newspaper. Shred one hundred strips of newspaper into 1-by-6-inches pieces.
Situate the plastic mask form in the center of the newspaper. Immerse a strip of newspaper into the paper mache mixture. Press out the excess paper mache from the strip by moving it through your forefinger and thumb. Put the strip on the form and press into place. Repeat the procedure until the mask is covered with two layers. Overlie the strips during placement to form a solid base. Let it dry for two solid hours.
Put two to three more layers of paper mache newspaper strips over the mask form. Let the mask dry completely. This takes 12 to 24 hours.
Bundle several strips of newspaper together to create a ball about 2-inches in diameter. Dunk the ball into the paper mache. Compress the paper mache into the ball. Position the ball in the cheek area of the cat. Repeat the procedure with a second ball. Contour the balls into the desired cheek shape. Rest several paper mache strips over the cheeks to hold firmly into place. Two to three layers of strips is mandatory. Repeat this procedure to create the contours of the cat face and the groundwork for the ears. Permit the mask to dry for one or two days before continuing.
Take the dried mask off of the mask form. Cut out the eyes with the craft knife. Don’t forget to cut around the edge of the mask to eliminate excess paper mache strips.
Use the permanent marker to color the edges around the mask as well as the eye openings.
Place the mask on the mask form and generously envelope the mask with tacky glue.
Cut a 14-by-14-inch square out of the faux fur. Position the square of fake fur over the mask. Bear down on the fabric atop the mask face. Start forming the fur to the face by pressing the nose into place. Softly press the square of fabric around the shapes on the mask. Let the fabric dry one whole day.
Take the mask off of the form, cutting off the surplus fake fur around the edge of the mask. Thread the needle with 2-feet of fishing line. Tie a knot in the end of the fishing line and push the needle through the back of the mask in the preferred whisker location. Cut the whisker to the length desired. Repeat the procedure for the rest of the whiskers. Cut the leftover fishing line from the ends of the knots on the inside of the mask. Place a layer of tape over the knots to hold in place.
Put the mask over the face. Mark the mask just a little over the top of each ear. Take the mask off of the face. Cut out a piece of elastic around 6 1/2 inches long and staple the ends of the elastic onto the mask at the areas you have marked.
Now you have a gorgeous and realistic cat mask.