Friday, October 14, 2011

Oogie Boogie Costume - Building the Mask (Part 1)

Hello All,

I've spent some late nights this week working on the mask for my Oogie Boogie costume. I figured that the mask would be the most challenging part, so I thought that I'd start there.

While doing some research on the internet (where else?), I stumbled upon another blog where a girl detailed the creation of her Oogie Boogie costume. I thought that she had some great ideas, but I had some refinements in mind.

I started by taking detailed measurements and then did some sketches to scale, so that I had a reference while working. Also, I dug up a bunch of pictures of Oogie Boogie and other costumes for inspiration.

First, I needed a base. I liked the idea of a plaster mask, but I didn't feel that it needed to go over my entire face. In fact, I thought it would be better to have more support near the top and back of my head, so I thought that a more helmet-like approach would be appropriate.

To keep the plaster gauze from sticking to my hair, I made a tinfoil hat. I swear, I never had one before this moment. Promise.

I then added layers of plaster gauze over the foil and my face. I have to admit, working with plaster was pretty fun - I need to find an excuse to do it again.
The "helmet" came off easily, and I added more plaster where needed before removing the foil from the inside and letting it dry overnight.

Stay tuned for part 2, where I get crazy with foam. Take that however you want.


Continue to Part 2


  1. Hey! Just wanted to say thanks for this tutorial. We used it this year to make our own Oogie Boogie costume. Thought you'd like to see that your creativity inspired us too! Jen

    1. You're very welcome - I'm glad that you found it helpful. Your costumes turned out great, by the way! :)