Let’s pretend to be superheroes! We have the instructions for making a mask at home below. Costumes are optional.

We shared this fun activity during our Caped Crusaders and Everyday Heroes exhibition.

Watch the video:

Let’s get started!


  • Mask stencil (or i.d.e.a. mask template)
  • Heavy paper, such as cardstock or poster board
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Art materials, such as paint, stickers, glue, glitter, markers, sequins or foam sheets


Step 1: Use a mask stencil you have or find one online, such as the mask stencils the museum offered during the superheroes exhibit.

Step 2: Trace your mask stencil on cardstock.

Step 3: Add some details to you mask – if you like.

Step 4: Cut your mask – ask an adult for help with eye holes, if needed.

Step 5: Decorate your mask. Think about your disguise and how you imagine it looking?

Note: Be sure to let glue and paint dry.

Step 6: Poke holes into the sides of your mask – you may need to ask an adult for help.

Step 7: Cut string long enough to go around your head (with extra left over for tying) and thread through the holes.

Step 8: Tie string to complete your mask. Now your are ready to wear your superhero disguise!