Now that everyone is wearing masks for safety, it can be easy to blend in with the crowd. Fun printed masks can be a fun way to show your personality but what if you want your personality to shine even more? With so many comic book, video game, and anime characters out there that wear masks, I thought it would be a great idea to mask a face mask that looks like one of my favorite characters. This DIY Costume Face Mask tutorial will show you how I did it and at the end I’ll even give more examples of characters for costume masks you can make yourself!
Step 1: Pick a Character
I looked to the anime world for inspiration for my mask. I decided to base mine off of Ichigo Kurosaki’s Hollow mask from the anime Bleach. The lower part of his mask would make a cool design for face mask! Also the only plain cotton fabric I had was white so it all works out.
Step 2: Make a Face Mask
I followed one of the many tutorials online for face masks but you can also use a pre-made mask that you purchased. Depending on your character or personal preference, you may want a rectangular mask or a respirator style mask. You can find a tutorial for rectangular masks here and a tutorial for respirator masks here. I used a respirator style for my mask.
Step 3: Draw Your Design
I used a pencil to draw the outline of the design on the mask. Make sure to draw lightly in case you make any mistakes!
Step 4: Paint on the Design
If you’re going to wear this on your face you don’t want to use any paint that can be toxic. For this step I used fabric paint but acrylic paint will work as well as long as the label lists it as non-toxic. I used a thin paintbrush. I’m not the best painter but I think I did okay!
Let it dry and you’re ready to head out. I made a small mistake but it still looks pretty cool. Now you’re ready to make a costume mask of your own!
Anime has a lot to choose from so I put them all together in a big section!