Last-minute Halloween costumes: Print-and-paint face mask

Procrastinators and DIY rookies, we're looking at you. If you've waited until the last minute or just want a simple, no stress costume for Halloween this year, TODAY is here to help.

Project Runway alumnae Kate Pankoke, now of Elaya Vaughn Bridal, shows us how to DIY the most foolproof face mask on the planet. We even have a printable template to use as a guide!

What you'll need:

  • Paper (or simply print the template)
  • Transparent silicone mat
  • Ribbon
  • Tulle
  • Puff paint
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

What you'll do:

Step 1: Either free-hand draw a mask on a piece of paper or print the template below. Then, cut out the mask shape.

Katelyn Pankoke

Print the template here!

Step 2: Lay the cut-out mask shape underneath the see-through silicone mat.

Step 3: Place a single layer of tulle above the mat.


Step 4: Use your puff paint to trace the eye holes.

Step 5: Decorate! Either follow the lines on the template with the puff paint or free-hand draw a design of your choice.


Step 6: Trace the outline of the mask shape so that you know where to cut. Allow the paint to dry for at least four hours.

7. Once dry, cut around the outside of the mask shape as well as the eye holes.


Step 8: Attach ribbon to both sides, either by gluing or by sewing them on.

Step 9: Tie the ribbon around your face and head to the party!