October 28, 2013

Halloween Week: Get your Putin (and Brezhnev and Lenin) Masks here!


Halloween Week: Get your Putin (and Brezhnev and Lenin) Masks here!

Stuck for a Halloween costume, or just looking for an unusual way to terrify the neighborhood kids who come to your door? We got you covered. See below links for a file to download to make a Putin or other mask.

Here are the directions.

  1. Click image below to download mask.
  2. Print out on color printer on heavy paper or lightweight card stock.
  3. Use scissors to cut away the white parts around the head.
  4. Cut out the eyes, or punch a hole where the pupils are.
  5. Punch additional holes (reinforce with scotch tape) in the ears and attach elastic band or rubberbands to strap around your head. (Alternative method: Glue popsicle stick to the back of the chin and simply hold the mask up, nineteenth century style.)
  6. Scare away.

Mask Links:

 

Happy Halloween!

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