When I’m not making stuff to post on the internet, I have a full-time, real life job as a motivational speaker . It’s a lot of fun, and I get to travel all over the country.
But now that I’ve committed to posting something new every weekday, that means I’m going to have to do more on-the-road making.
To test the waters, last week I brought some supplies with me on a trip to Minot, ND. I packed my hot glue gun, a bunch of hot glue sticks, some scissors, a box knife, an exacto knife, and a few pieces of cardboard. Obviously all of this went into my checked luggage, so as not to get me arrested for having WEAPONS OF MASK CONSTRUCTION.
(Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. When you have three kids, the dad jokes just come to you)
Luckily, all of my dangerous implements made it to my final destination without a hiccup.
Once I got to my hotel, I got right to work. To be honest, I had no idea what I was going to make . But since I have to make something every weekday now, I don’t have the luxury of waiting around for inspiration . I just started gluing stuff together and figured that I would come up with an idea sooner or later. I mean, I knew I was making a mask of some kind, and the beginning of every mask is the same anyway, so I just started building that.
I began with the basic mask form, which is just a big cardboard tube that wraps around my head and has a hole cut out for the eyes. EVERY MASK STARTS WITH THIS (although sometimes it’s more of a box than a tube, but that really doesn’t matter much by the end). Next I added a nose and the brow section, still not really sure what this mask was going to end up looking like. Here’s how it was shaping up at this point:
It kinda looked like a muppet to me, but I didn’t really want to make a muppet. So I went back to the drawing board. I scoured an old Instagram post where I had asked people for ideas. Someone had suggested I make an Albert Einstein mask. I wasn’t sure if I could turn this into Einstein, but I figured it was worth a try. I sketched out a picture of the mask as it was, then added features on top to see if I could make it look Einstein-y. Here’s what the sketch looked like:
It actually looked more Einstein-y than I thought. Not perfect by any means, but workable.
I got to work adding the eyes, ears, and mustache. At this point he looked pretty funny. I also cut his mouth into more of a smile shape. It’s crazy how that little change gave the whole thing look more personality.
Next I added the hair. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out a way to make his hair look frizzy like Einstein’s did. If I’d had more cardboard, I would’ve built up layers and layers of hair to give the bulk that I needed, but unfortunately I didn’t have that much. In the end, his hair looked more like a swept-back mullet than a frizzy Einstein-fro. Here’s what the final mask looked like:
After I finished the mask, I quickly realized that I was not going to be able to take it home with me. It was too big to fit in my luggage, even if I took everything else out. I briefly considered bringing it home in my lap, but I didn’t want to be arrested on suspicion of insanity, so I gave up on that idea.
In the end, I decided to leave the mask in the hotel room. But instead of just leaving it on the floor or in the trash, I decided I’d use it as an opportunity to mess with the housekeepers a bit. So with the help of a few pillows and the extra bed in the room, I left the mask like this:
Hopefully the housekeepers got a good laugh out of it. I know I did.
Got any suggestions for future masks? Leave them in the comments below!