This past weekend I came across a movie about the plague and one of the actors was wearing the mask. Of course my mind goes immediately to Halloween. After browsing the internet I came across this how-to :
I thought I'd try my hand doing it as cheaply as possible. I already had the same mask they have in the picture I got at Dollar Tree several years ago so I've already saved myself a dollar! yay!
First thing I did was to cut out the eye holes to make them round. I used an exacto knife to cut it out and it did crack in a few places, not to mention it was quite jagged. Easy to fix, just add masking tape.
For the beak I used a 12" styrofoam floral cone ($4.99 at A.C. Moore which I was NOT happy spending lol). I did a little digging (as you can see) to adjust it to fit over the nose. Then I cut it into 3 parts. Using masking tape again, I tilted the pieces to make a more curved beak and taped it into place.
After this I put in a groove on either side of the beak.
Then a layer of paper mache...
That's all I've done today. I'll start again tomorrow after it's dry.