Still unsure what you are going to be for Halloween this year? The clock is ticking, you literally have days to find a costume. Thankfully, Steve Wintercroft has your back, or rather your face, covered for Friday’s spooktacular fun, no matter what you have planned.
Wintercroft is a U.K.-based designer hosting a wide display of paper masks that look like anything but plain paper. On Wintercroft’s website, as well as Etsy, you can select the animal or skull mask you like best, pay a small fee and gain access to the .pdf file.
From here you can print the 3D mask onto cardboard paper at home. Simply grab a pair of scissors to cut out the mask, and then use tape to hold the edges together. From here you can leave your mask plain or embellish it anyway that you like.
You might be concerned about putting the mask together correctly, I know I was! But it is really simple, the mask prints out with numbers, all you have to do is match up the corresponding numbers and tape along the edges.
Wintercroft’s website reads, “I supply the templates and instructions that enable you to turn unwanted card into beautiful animal masks. The instructions are easy to follow so that the masks can be assembled by anyone, using local materials and removing the need for mass manufacturing shipping.”
And isn’t shipping the biggest issue of all when you find yourself this close to Halloween? No one wants to spend money on a fairy costume that doesn’t even arrive on time for the big day. No need to sweat it out when you can simply click print for instant access to these hauntingly cool masks.
Not only is this process convenient for you, but also it benefits the environment by reducing waste associated with shipping out millions of Halloween costumes. Also, it can give new life to old pieces of cardboard–now that’s homegrown recycling!
It’s not just Halloween; you can sport these masks to many other events. Paint your mask using your home team colors and wear it to a sporting event, or enjoy a mystery identity at the next festival you attend. The options are endless when it comes to these flexible cardboard masks.
The story behind these masks is a great one, Steve Wintercroft found himself on the deadline for finding a Halloween costume. Instead of running out to Party City and rummaging through the leftovers, he made some tea, grabbed an old pile of cardboard, tape, and scissors and began working to craft a unique mask.
After plenty of fails, and about one-hour of effort, Wintercroft finally struck a win. He created his first Fox mask, and it looked pretty darn foxy! His mask was a hit at the party, sparking the wonderful idea to create templates for masks that people could easily print and wear anywhere in the world.
Wintercroft writes on his website, “The goal is to create a set of masks that could be built by anyone using local materials removing the need for mass manufacturing or shipping and with the minimum environmental impact.” It’s all about, reduce, reuse, and recycle!
The masks are designed for printing onto old cardboard, for instance Wintercroft says used cereal boxes work great. When you’re done wearing your mask you can keep it for the scrapbook memories, or you can recycle it and allow it to be made into something new altogether.
Wintercroft’s masks have been featured in music videos, festivals, fashion shoots, and parties. He offers you the option to customize a mask anyway you like as well, simply contact him with your ideas via wintercroft.com.
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