How to Make a Slipknot Clown Mask

by Angela Neal Google

Make a "blood-soaked" clown mask to go as a member of the band Slipknot for Halloween. Slipknot is a heavy metal band and each member of the band wears a face mask and a simple, black jumpsuit. According to, band members decided to wear masks on stage "so that people will only concentrate themselves on our music, not on what we look like." The gory, bandaged and bloody clown mask is worn by band member Shawn Crahan, also known as "Clown."

Items you will need

  • Blank face mask
  • Utility knife
  • Red clown nose
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Measuring cup
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Tablespoon
  • Craft glue
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Paintbrush
  • Decoupage medium
  • Acrylic paint
  • Plate
Step 1

Cut slightly larger, irregularly shaped eyes holes in a blank full-face mask with a sharp utility knife. Look at a picture of the mask worn by band member Shawn Crahan to get the right shape and size for the eye holes. Do the same with the mouth to make it distorted and uneven.

Step 2

Glue a spherical red clown nose to the nose of the mask with a hot-glue gun. Wait 20 minutes for the glue to harden.

Step 3

Pour 2 cups of all purpose flour into 2 cups of clean water in a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of white craft glue and mix it into a creamy paste. Unravel some gauze bandages and dip them in the paste. Wrap the gauze bandage over the mask but don't cover the eye or mouth holes. Keep the bandages away from the top edge of the mask as well, from the top to about 2 inches down. Wrap them in horizontal and diagonal directions and cut the excess bandage away from the edges. Let the bandages dry overnight.

Step 4

Brush a coat of decoupage medium over the dried bandages to protect them for moisture and wait two hours for it to dry.

Step 5

Dip a paintbrush into red acrylic paint and mix it on a plate with a few drops of clean water to water down the paint. The red needs to be almost transparent to make the bandages look like they are blood-stained. Dab the paintbrush with the watered down red paint on the bandages in various spots -- it needs to look messy.

Step 6

Dip the paintbrush into red paint that is not watered down and make a splatter of red paint in the middle of the forehead. Let the red paint from the splatter drip down toward the nose, or paint it to make it look like it is dripping. Paint the top of the mask, the part where you didn't apply bandages, red and paint small drips from the edge. Wait two to three hours for the paint to dry all the way before wearing the mask.

About the Author

Angela Neal is a writer for various websites, specializing in published articles ranging from the categories of art and design to beauty and DIY fashion. Neal received her Associate of Arts in administrative assisting from Bohecker College.