2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Lets Make Art - Lucha Loco Masks

The National Festival of Making has commissioned Lets Make Art to bring you some making tutorials using easily found materials that you’ll already have at home!  This is part of a small digital programme we have been producing to help us stay connected to our makers and audiences during Covid-19.


Lucha Loco Masks


The third tutorial we bring to you is inspired by the Lucha Libre wrestling masks. Lucha Libre is a sport in Mexico, and whilst a huge amount of athleticism is involved, there is also a great deal of showmanship as well as immense detail put into the costumes. So, find the brightest coloured paper or pens you have and get ready to make!


Top Tip!


The book ‘Lucho Loco: The Free Wrestlers of Mexico’ by Malcom Venville is a great source of inspiration and information on the costumes of the Lucha Libre Wrestlers


Watch the Tutorial

You will need:


  • Empty cereal box or plain card
  • Coloured papers or felt tips
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic or string


What to do:


1. Draw a mask design on a scrap piece of paper.
2. Cut out and draw around onto the card. Cut the card mask out taking care with eyes nose and mouth.
3. Cut out the face decoration from the template and draw onto mask.
4. If using paper collage to colour your mask use the cut out template to draw onto a bright coloured paper.
5. Fold paper scraps in half to get symmetrical shapes
6. Add to mask to decorate.
7. Hole punch either side near eyes and thread elastic or string.




Lets Make Art are a Bristol based arts organisation who lead workshops and work with schools, communities and festivals to get everyone involved in art. At National Festival of Making 2019 they delivered a costume making workshop inspired by the Bauhaus.


Photographs below by Robin Zahler and Derren Lee Poole from Festival of Making 2019



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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