Stranger Things Functioning Demogorgon Mask DIY

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

This year Halloween is all about the Netflix series, Stranger Things.  My kids love, love, love this show!  So when my son Cam requested that I make him a Demogorgon Mask it came as no surprise.  In fact, I made him this epic DIY Stranger Things Demogorgon Mask in no time with supplies from the dollar store.  The only problem?  That mask didn’t open and close like the real Demogorgon on the show and I had a child who was determined to have a functioning Demogorgon costume this year.  So back to the drawing board we went… with huge success! 

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

Today I am thrilled to share this tutorial for our functioning Demogorgon Mask. I honestly did not think that I could pull this mask off.   I told Cam numerous times that it was impossible to bring a computer generated effect to reality!  I mean common…  a moving monster mouth of this magnitude?!  Not possible!  My friend Amy came to the rescue when she shared this DIY Demogorgon Mask video from You Tube.  While not a complete tutorial it showed that this project was possible! 

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

Supplies:

Craft foam roll 36″ x 60″ from Michaels

Foam poster board 12″ x 12″

Sturdy Halloween mask (or hat)

Wood burner

Hot glue sticks

Hot glue gun

Acrylic paint (various colours)

Paint brush

Mod podge (glossy)

Air dry modelling clay

Scissors

Perler beads x11

Fishing line

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

  1. Fold the craft foam in half and glue the two layers of foam together.  Cut into a five petal flower shape where each petal is about 24″ long.

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

2.  Use the wood burner to carve lines into the petal front and back.  This step is optional and not necessary but gives the mask amazing texture and dimension.

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

3. Cut the foam poster board into a small flower shape and glue to the back of the mask.  Each of these petals should be about 6″ long.  This provides more support to the mask so that the petals don’t flop over when its being worn.  If you use a thicker craft foam this step could be skipped depending on how sturdy the petals are.

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4. Paint the front of the mask using a combination of black, red, brown and white paint.  Cam loved being involved in creating this mask!  We used foam paint brushes to give the paint job a mottled effect.

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

5.  Paint the back of the mask and edges using a combination of black, white, green and brown paint.

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

Finished painting the front.

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

Finished painting the back.  Here I’ve glued a hat to that back of the mask to wear it.  Ultimately we chose to use a sturdy plastic Halloween mask to use for wearing this finished mask.

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6. Next cut a tiny hole in the end of each petal and in the center of the mask.  Glue a perler bead into each hole so that the fishing line does not cut through the foam when pulled.

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

7.  Tie the end of the fishing line through a perler bead and thread it through the end of each petal and through the center hole.  Each petal will need about 3′ of line.

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

Here each petal is attached to fishing line that has been threaded through the center hole and tied together at the back of the mask.

demogorgon mask tutorial

8. Using clay, form hundreds of teeth 1/4″ – 1/2″ long.  We rolled at least two baking sheets full of teeth.

demogorgon mask tutorial

9. Allow the teeth to dry then paint each of them cream colour.  We used a combination of white, yellow and brown.

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

10. Using lots of hot glue, affix teeth to the mask.  We placed smaller teeth around the edges and longer teeth in the center of each petal.

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

11. Coat the entire mask generously with mod podge.  This gives the mask a glossy look and seals the whole thing.  Leaf the glue gun strings attached to add a drippy saliva effect.

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

12. We created Demogorgon hands too.  Use two plastic skeleton hands from the dollar store. 

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

13. Wrap the hands in masking tape to create three fingers and a thumb.

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

14. Paint them the same colour as the back of the mask.  Glue to black winter gloves and voila!

diy stranger things demogorgon mask

To say that Cam is thrilled with the way this functioning Demogorgon Mask turned out is an understatement!  I’m so glad that he pushed me to flex my creative muscles this Halloween.  It’s probably the coolest costume I’ve had the priveledge of creating for the kids.  

 

You simply have to see this functioning Demogorgon Mask in action!  So, so cool.

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