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Everything you need to know to make them at home

The geometric or polygonal masks are becoming increasingly popular; they are used in series, movies, music videos, programs of TV, advertising commercials,... They are original and very eye-catching!

But,how can I make a paper mask in 3D? what materials do I need to get started? can adults and kids wear them? are they difficult to assemble?

At HEKREATIONS we have been designing paper masks since 2018 and we are going to tell you all the details.

What materials do I need?

How to make a paper mask in 3D with geometric or polygonal shape
  • Home printer and black ink.
  • Paper, A4 or US letter size, with a grammage from 150 to 200 gsm.
  • Scissors and/or razor knife.
  • Ruler or set square.
  • Glue stick or adhesive tape.
  • Color sprays (optional).
  • Brushes and acrylic paint (optional).
  • The template of any of our papercraft masks in 3D.
  • Rubber band, for Half Masks & Mini Masks.

How to print the mask templates?

The easiest way to open and print the templates of the masks is using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, a free PDF reader that you can download for your desktop or laptop from here:

We recommend using paper, A4 or US letter size, with a grammage of more than 150 gsm. You can find paper of this grammage in any medium or large stationery store, and your home printer should be able to process it without problems. Regarding ink color, as the templates and instructions are in black and white, you will only need black ink.

All of our masks are designed so that they can be used by the average adult. To do this, you must print the PDF by leaving the Scale at 100% in the Print Settings.

How to make the mask for kids?

If you want to make a mask for a kid, or you consider that perhaps your head is noticeably larger or smaller than average, you can follow these steps to make sure that the mask has the size you need:

How to measure head circumference with a sewing tape measure

Measure the desired head circumference (in centimeters) with a sewing tape measure

Calculator icons in gray with multiply highlighted in blue

Multiply the head measurement x1.64

Print settings - Example of scaling to 95% for custom size mask

Enter the result in the % Scale field in the Print Settings

Gray printer icon with blue ink

Print the PDF and build the mask in the desired size!

It’s something simple and practical that, looking at the reviews of some parents who includes photos of their kids using our masks (somewhat smaller) in their costumes, it seems to work perfectly.

Should I print the PDF on white paper or on colored paper?

 You decide!
How to color paper masks with sprays or acrylic paint

Although the house does not usually start with the roof, it is important that we make this clear before we continue, even though it is more related to customization. To give color to the masks you have 2 options:

  1. Print the pages with paper in the desired colors.
  2. Paint the pieces (previously cut and folded) with spray paint in the desired colors.

Each template has one additional page (like the one we show you in this section) where it is detailed what you have to do for the option you choose.

How to cut the pieces from the templates?

A pair of scissors and a cutter will be your best allies in this step. We use the scissors to cut out the pieces from the sheet, following the continuous lines on the outside, and we leave the cutter for the most complicated parts where there is not much room to work, such as lines with sharper turns, internal holes in the templates of some masks, etc.

How to cut mask templates with scissors
How to cut mask templates with cutter

How to fold the mask pieces?

A ruler or a square will be useful, as long as it is not too thick. You must keep in mind that:

How to fold the templates along the dashed lines and dots of the hekreations masks
The folds with dashed lines and dots (- · - · - · -) are folded into the templates.
How to fold the templates along the dashed lines of the hekreations masks
The folds with dashed lines (- - - - - - -) are folded on the opposite side to the templates.

How to assemble the mask?

Glue stick, such as Pritt brand or similar, is ideal for gluing the pieces. You can use adhesive tape, if you prefer. Assembling the mask is as simple as gluing the pairs of numbers of the flaps together (1-1, 14-14, 27-27...), following the order of the pieces (classified with #) in ascending order: #1, #2, #3, #4...

How to glue the mask pieces - Applying glue stick to the flaps
How to glue the pieces of the masks together - Attach the flaps to their respective pairs

Remember that the glue or adhesive tape should be applied on the side of the flap where there are no numbers or lines (the opposite side of the templates) and that the flaps should be glued on the inside of the mask, as we do not want them to show on the outside of the design.

How to customize the mask?

We leave the creative part in your hands, you can do whatever you want! From leaving the mask simply assembled, to painting it with sprays and giving it your own touch with brushes and acrylic paint.

How to give a worn or old effect to a mask with a brush and acrylic paint
To give a worn effect to the mask you should dip a brush in acrylic paint mixed with a little water, then dry the tip as much as possible, and apply it on the surface of the mask asymmetrically and irregularly.
How to give a splash effect to a mask using a toothbrush and acrylic paint
To give a splash effect to the mask you should dip a toothbrush in acrylic paint mixed with a little water, put the brush about 10 - 15 cm away from the mask and splash it by moving the bristles of its head from front to back.
Now that you have everything clear, where do you want to start?
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