How To: Print Out These Emoji Cutouts for the Easiest Halloween Costume Ever

Print Out These Emoji Cutouts for the Easiest Halloween Costume Ever

Emojis have taken over the way we laugh and cry, tell stories, give responses, and show our excitement to get a drink after work—without any actual text required. Can you imagine a world with emoji characters now? I sure can't.

With the ubiquitousness of emojis around the world, on smartphones, tablets, and social networks, how could this not be your first thought for a Halloween costume? Not only could you dress up as your favorite emoji, but you can actually dress up as your favorite mood at the time, making it not just a costume, but a statement about yourself.

Sounds awesome, right? There are some DIY full-body emoji costumes you can create this Halloween, but they're likely to confuse some trick-or-treaters, as they aren't as obvious as, say, an actual emoji mask. On that note, let's make some emoji face masks!

The following DIY guide below will show you how to print emojis to create simple "smiley" masks and props in no time. This really is a simple Halloween costume to make, and since it's so easy, you can make multiple masks and switch between them during Halloween to fit the current mood you're in.

Step 1: Download the Emoji Character Set

Thanks to LeChuck80 over on deviantART, we can download all 722 emoji characters from iOS, WhatsApp, and other messaging systems that are available in the standard Unicode 6.0 character set. All of the emojis in this ZIP will be 160x160, which is good enough for printing them out into a large enough mask size without any quality problems.

To download the file, head to LeChuck80's emoji collection page on your computer and hit the "Download" button to get ZIP file.

After you unzip the file, the emojis will be categorized into five folders: Emoji Smiley, Emoji Objects, Emoji Nature, Emoji Places and Emoji Symbols.

Here are just a few of the fun emojis you can print and cut out for Halloween masks or props.

Just a few fun examples of masks and props you could use.

Step 2: Print Out Your Emoji Masks & Props

Once you find the emoji(s) you want to download, simply print them. You'll probably get better results with photo-quality paper, as it'll be sturdier when used as a mask.

In your printer settings, make sure to select Scale to Fit, then choose Print Entire Image to get the emoji to print in full-size. If you want to make it even bigger, you can select Scale instead and enter in a percentage number.

The largest I went up to was 630% (before the emoji went past the edge of the page).

Step 3: Cut Out & Assemble

Once you're done, cut them out, along with the eye and mouth sections, then poke holes to add string. An elastic band might be best for the mask, so it keeps the mask snug against your face.

Now tell me that isn't the easiest Halloween costume ever to make?!

Or, Buy Some Emoji Masks...

If you'd rather spend a little dough or save your printer ink, you can purchase the grin, heart eyes, poop, sly guy, and smile masks for $5 each over at EmojiMasks, or $15 for the whole lot. These ones are molded with thin plastic and have more depth than DIY printed ones, but again, you're limited to just 5 choices. Also, you have to wait for shipping, which is a no-go when it comes to last-minute Halloween costumes.

Image via EmojiMasks

No matter which way you chose, these emoji masks can either be as is, or you can scare them up a bit by wearing a creepy hoodie or throwing in some red paint. Bloody smiling pile of poop, anyone?

Which emoji combinations are you guys printing out? Let us know in the comments below, or upload a photo of your outfit!

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