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Designer DIY Masks That Make Unique and Inexpensive Halloween Costumes 

DIY skull mask from a downloadable pattern by U.K.-based designer Steve Wintercroft.

Courtesy of Steve Wintercroft

Halloween costumes don’t have to be tacky, expensive, or wasteful. Design-conscious minimalists with a penchant for user-friendly DIY might be intrigued by the inexpensive, handsomely designed, and subtly spooky geometric masks from designer Steve Wintercroft that include templates for skulls, werewolves, and pumpkin heads in addition to a range of animal masks.

U.K.-based Wintercroft is a versatile designer who also builds furniture and surfboards. A few years ago, he writes on his website, he was invited to a Halloween party and struggled for a costume idea.

Steve Wintercroft’s pumpkin template is designed to create a customizable cardboard pumpkin that can either be carved and used as a jack-o’-lantern with a low-voltage LED lamp or turned into a mask.

Courtesy of Steve Wintercroft

“I sat down with a pile of old cardboard, some parcel tape, a pair of scissors and plenty of hot tea,” he writes. “An hour or so later and after some trial and error I had made myself a fox mask. The mask was well received so this year I’ve redesigned it and added some other animals. I’ve drawn up the templates, written instructions and made them easy to follow. 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.”

An undecorated werewolf mask from a template by UK-based designer Steve Wintercroft.  

Courtesy of Steve Wintercroft

Werewolf mask with DIY embellishments. 

Courtesy of Steve Wintercroft

Wintercroft also designs masks for music videos, fashion shoots, festivals, and special events. His downloadable $7.45 templates are designed so that anyone can make them in a couple of hours, ideally using old cereal boxes or other recycled cardboard of a similar thickness.

Once you purchase and download a PDF of the mask pattern, you print, cut out, score, and fold the cardboard pieces; match up the corresponding numbers on the pattern; tape them shut; and decorate as desired with paint or other materials.

Fox mask from a pattern by Wintercroft.  
Tiger mask from a pattern by Wintercroft.
Spooky owl mask from a template by Wintercroft.

Check out Wintercroft’s Etsy shop or website for more information.