Weekend DIY: Printable Halloween Masks

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Kellogg's Corn Flakes Witch Mask

This witch mask adorned the back of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes in the early ’50s. (Source: The Blood-Curdling Blog of Monster Masks)

Back in the day the prize in (or on) a box of cereal was just as important as the taste. During Halloween season, some manufacturers provided mask cut-outs on the backs of popular cereals. Kellogg’s provided a several masks during the 1950s, including a witch, pirate, gorilla and hobo.

In the mid- to late-70s, I remember my excitement when General Mills printed monsters masks on the back of boxes of Count Chocula, Frankenberry and Boo-Berry (which was my favorite). Imagine, all you had to do was cut out the face, punch out the eyes and nose, and attach a rubber band.

If you’re seeking a simple mask this year, there are free patterns online that you can print and cut.

Star Wars DIY Halloween Masks

Print a mask of your favorite Star Wars character. (Source: Official Star Wars website)

At Spoonful you’ll find a funny Frankenstein, Dracula and Mummy. At Canon’s site you’ll find a ghost, pumpkin, vampire, witch and Frankenstein.

I found some pretty cute ones at Mr. Printables, including ones the kiddies can color themselves.

Want something adorable for the wee ones? You’ll find colorful animals, like frogs and bunnies, at Activity Village.

Star Wars fan? You’ll find three groups of printable masks here, here and here (Darth Vader!).

Some tips for printing and stabilizing printable masks:

  • Always print on quality paper, especially when printing colorful masks. This will minimize bleeding and feathering of the colors and lines.
  • Print on a heavy stock, or mount the print-out to cardboard using a good craft glue (I like Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue). Want to add sheen? Use glossy Mod Podge.
  • You can attach either string or a rubber band, but make sure there is enough give when wearing the mask. Otherwise it might tear the paper.

So, there you have it. Some super-neat, retro style paper masks similar to the ones that used to adorn cereal boxes.

Speaking of that…

Count Chocula Cereal Box

Mid-70s era Count Chocula box with cut-out mask.


Last updated: Oct 18, 2013
Filed under: DIY & Upcycling Tagged with: crafts, DIY, halloween, retro fashion