Halloween is almost here. It is time to think of something that you want to be. If you have a recent penchant for Japanese animated characters, you should start with No Face. No-Face is a character in Studio Ghibli’s hit film Spirited Away released in 2001. You will surely get good reactions after wearing the No-Face.
Before making a costume, it is crucial that you know the story of No-Face and how he is so you can get in the character. It is also recommended to watch Spirited Away first. No-Face (in Japanese called Kaonashi, which means “faceless”) is a spirit. In the film, he is shown capable of reacting to emotions. He can also eat other individuals to gain their physical and personality traits.
His figure resembles a long and black tube. Some even thought that he has this silkworm-body. It is not known if he has a physical body but he can develop arms and legs. In the film, he is shown leaving footprints as he walks. Many people like No-Face because of its somewhat ominous and expressionless mask with violet highlights painted on his head.
If you want DIY No Face costume this Halloween, here’s a guide:
Gather the materials
The first thing that you need to do is to gather the materials. You will need many things. With this, you need to make a list first so you can cover everything. You will need:
• One large piece of cardboard at least 20×30 inches
• One large black cloth at least 50×70 inches
• One helmet without a brim
• Other supplies like scissors, duct tape, ruler, pencil, white glue, acrylic paint (white,
grey and purple), paintbrush, wire, black stocking, bubble wrap, hot glue, and a stapler.
Cut your mask
You can start with a No-Face mask. You should first do a sketch of an oval-shaped mask then cut it with scissors. Do not forget to cut the mouth.
Paint the mask
The next thing is to paint the mask. Before the paint, coat it first with white flue to conceal the cardboard lines.
Cover the mouth and eyes
After painting, you can cover the mouth and eyes. Cover the mouth and eyes using a bent wire with stocking. Tape down the wire with stocking surely with a duct tape.
Connect the helmet
Now it is time to connect the helmet and the mask. You should first try the helmet and hold the mask up to your face so your eyes are looking through the hole. After that, you can go ahead and tape the mask at the exact spot.
Attach the bubble wrap
To conveniently define the shape of No-Face from the side and back, you should use bubble wrap to pad the back.
Sew the fabric to the mask
Take the fabric and wrap one of the sides around the mask edge. It is easy to sew it to the cardboard mask. It is important that you sew around the mask with whatever stitch is easy for you. If in this case, you have enough fabric, you can easily cut a mask-sized hole at the center and sew it to the mask.