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Repurpose Used Halloween Masks Into Yard Art

So, what do you do with those Halloween masks the morning after the big event? If you thought about all of the germs smeared on the masks from drippy noses and salivating mouths, you’d probably burn them. But, don’t. Instead, repurpose the masks into yard art. It’s simple. Here’s how.

* Remove the elastic strap from the mask. (We’re using regular face masks, not the ones that fit completely over the head.) Place masking or duct tape over the nose, eye and mouth openings on the outside of the masks.

* Lightly coat the inside of the mask with cooking oil spray.

*If you want eyes on your piece, then place marbles on the tape inside the mask.

* Mix up some mortar mix according to directions. Use mortar instead of cement because mortar is part sand and smoother than cement, which has gravel.

* When pouring the mortar mix, stabilize the mask by placing bricks or other heavy objects around the mask.

*Use a piece of heavy wire or cut some wire hanger to make a hanging hook on the back of your mask. Simply press the “hook” where you want it.

* Let the mortar set overnight, then release to reveal your cool and creepy work or art.

That’s all there is to it.

So, what do you do with those used Halloween masks? Do you have a clever use? Let us see them. Send your photographs to or post them on Instagram with the hashtag #AJCdiy.

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