How to Make a Black Mask Like the Lone Ranger's

by Betsy Morgan

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Black felt or construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 1/4-inch wide black elastic

"The Lone Ranger" began as a radio show in 1933, and eventually led to the hugely popular, long-running TV show of the same name. The title character was a Texas ranger named John Reid who became the anonymous, crime-fighting Lone Ranger by placing a simple black mask over his eyes. Creating your own Lone Ranger mask is easy and inexpensive to do. Add a cowboy hat, button-down shirt and jeans, along with a toy revolver, and you'll be ready to saddle up Lone Ranger-style.

Step 1

Measure the distance across your face from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. Cut the sheet of felt or construction paper to this length.

Step 2

Measure the distance from approximately 1 inch above your eyebrow to approximately 1/2 inch above the bottom of your nose. Cut the paper or felt to this width.

Step 3

Cut around the edges of the felt or paper to create rounded corners. Cut a small triangular notch out of the bottom center of the paper or felt to create a space for your nose.

Step 4

Hold the mask up to your face with one hand, placing the triangular notch on your nose. Use your other hand to gently press down where your eyes are underneath the mask, and make a light pencil mark at the center of each eye. Remove the mask.

Step 5

Draw two ovals where you marked on the mask. Cut out the ovals to create eye holes.

Step 6

Make a small hole on each side of the mask with the tip of the scissors or a hole puncher. Run one end of the elastic through the hole and knot it in place. Run the other end of the elastic through the other hole, but do not knot it.

Step 7

Hold the mask up to your face again. Pull the end of the unknotted elastic through the hole until you get a snug fit around the back of your head. Remove the mask and tie a knot in place.

Tips

  • In addition to felt or construction paper, try making the mask out of something even more durable and long-lasting, such as cotton or polyester.

    Lone Ranger masks serve as great gift bag items for children's theme parties.

About the Author

Betsy Morgan has been writing and editing professionally since 1995. She has written for publications like "Wired" magazine, "Paper" magazine and Vault.com. She has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Columbia University.