There are stories of a sanctuary amongst the trees. A forest for the skinless where flesh is unwelcome. On All Hallows Eve, the animals of the earth rise to dance, shaking the earth with pounding strides and howls from deep in the forest. Dancing around the Pyre of Luminescence, they bleach their bones of flesh-form restrictions in the moon-rays of immortality. In revelry they thrive at the spiritual oasis of the fire dance, free to be wild and protected from mortal interference forever.
With head of bone and craggy beak, you’ll soar undetected through the Fleshless Forest toward the undead animal fire dance in the heart of the skinless wood. There, you’ll spread your skeletal webbed wings and join the pandemonium under the pallor of the undead moon. View the entire Fleshless Forest Collection.
As practice follows tradition, on the darkest night the bravest of mankind will disguise their form with paper masks to traverse the Fleshless Forest and join the carnival of the animal dead. Obscuring their humanity from the skeletal souls that prowl the darkness they will leap, stride, stalk and pounce to move as animal undetected. Take your place in the great dance but leave by dawn. Soft and pale, weak and frail exposed in first light you’ll be. Living intruders beware of the sharp bone and claw of those who wait to stretch skin over drum.
Simply print the templates on paper, stick them to card, cut them out, match the numbers and join the tabs together. The Mask is scaled to fit an adult but you can make children's masks by scaling down the templates when you print - check our FAQ page for details. The templates come with instructions for an internal head band that can be adjusted by moving the fixing points to get a snug fit. Some templates are supplied with component colour guides to help you create identifiable markings unique to the Mask.
This was my first time making a paper mask, and it was seriously fun! My partner made the bull skull mask so we'd go matching at our Halloween party, and it was a success. I think I'll make another one of these for this year.
Another fun Wintercroft project to make! After having success with the Wintercroft Rooster mask, and needing another school dress up, my son chose the Bird Skull Mask, a good match for a children’s book character ‘Sherlock Bones’. The instructions were easy to follow, assembly was straightforward, and the end result - fabulous!
These masks are designed to be easily built by anyone, using local materials, removing the need for mass manufacturing or shipping and with the minimum environmental impact.
Templates are FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH BOTH A4 AND US LETTER PAPER.They are supplied along with a set of instructions as a PDF that you download immediately and print on any home printer.They are supplied plain white so that you can decorate the finished mask however you like.You are buying the templates and instructions only. You will also need access to a printer, paper, card, tape, and scissors.The masks are designed to be easy to build: you don't need to be some sort of arts and crafts wizard.
Use this file to make as many masks as you like for yourself but please don’t share or steal the templates as there was a lot of work involved in creating them. If you want to use them for any other reason then please get in touch.
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The templates and completed masks are for personal use only.
The masks and templates will not be used for commercial purposes without prior consent.
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