Whether you’ve been given the role of an alligator in a school play, or just want to dress up in an alligator costume for fun, you’ll need an alligator mask to complete your look. Professional quality masks can be quite expensive, so save yourself some cash by making your own mask out of papier-mache. Papier-mache is a good material to use because it dries to a hard consistency and is flexible enough to create complex shapes, such as the snout of your alligator.
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Make your papier-mache glue. Mix one part water and one part flour, stirring them until they reach a thick, glue-like texture. Cut up several strips of newspaper to use with the glue.
Blow up a balloon so it is roughly the same size as your head. Next, create small balls out of crumpled up newspaper sheets.
Apply the glue mixture to the back of the newspaper balls and glue three balls in a row, 3 inches from the base of the balloon. Add a second row of three balls underneath the first. Continue adding balls on top of the two rows until you have created a snout-like shape for your alligator.
Dip the strips of newspaper in the glue mixture and use the strips to cover the entire front side of the balloon, to create a round mask shape. Make sure you use the strips to cover the entire surface of the alligator snout as well. You will have to add several layers of newspaper strips to cover the mask.
Leave the mask to dry overnight or until the papier-mache is hard. Use a pin to pop the balloon so that the mask is released.
Use a pair of scissors to cut out eye holes in the mask. Cut a hole on either side of the mask so you can attach strings so the mask will stay on your head.
Paint the mask with poster paint. Be sure to paint sharp, white alligator teeth on the side of the alligator snout so the mask is more realistic. When the mask is dry, cut two lengths of string and tie them to the holes on the side of the mask.
Elyse James began writing professionally in 2006 after deciding to pursue a career in journalism. She has written for "The Algonquin Times" as a general assignment reporter and published blogs and articles on Webcitybeat. James holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Ottawa.