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Oct 5, 2015

by Steve Wintercroft

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Steve Wintercroft, and I design unique, downloadable DIY mask templates with my wife, Marianne. We live in Cornwall, England, with our two children. Our line is called Wintercroft.

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I’ve always made things. As a kid, I made model boats and planes with my grandfather, and I taught myself how to make surfboards when I was a teenager. I went on to study art, design and cabinet making in college, and I was always the guy at the pub making origami frogs from till receipts. After my studies, I worked as a cabinet maker and full-time surfboard shaper — until one Halloween, when an impromptu costume idea changed everything. I had been invited to a friend’s Halloween party, and I was struggling to come up with a suitable costume in a short amount of time. So I raided the recycling bin, sat down with a roll of packing tape and a knife, and set to work building an animal mask out of paper. Everyone at the party loved what I came up with, which gave Marianne and I the idea to make a product that would help other people make masks, too.

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When we started designing our templates, it was important to us that our customers have instant access so they could download, print, and start building their masks in a matter of minutes. We also hoped that supplying the templates digitally and enabling people to build the masks themselves would help reduce environmental impact, by eliminating the need for manufacturing or shipping. We opened our Etsy shop in October 2013, and our downloadable mask templates sold almost immediately. Since then, we’ve worked hard to build our business; at the end of last year, Marianne and I both left our jobs so we could work on Wintercroft full time. That was a big step, but it has given us time to develop our skills, test new ideas, and push forward new products.

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I surf regularly, and I find that time in the ocean gives me space to organize my thoughts, plan my next project and solve problems creatively. The process of developing a new mask tends to be a long one that involves a lot of CAD and handmade models. In addition to the designing the look of the mask, I also consider functionality and how it will be assembled. We spend a lot of time designing, testing and refining each mask before it goes on sale to make sure that it not only looks striking, but is also easy to build.

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I have a strong belief that making things is part of being human – that it enriches our lives and gives us control over the objects we surround ourselves with. Our masks provide an excuse to sit down, get out the scissors and make something. Some people are not naturally gifted makers, but with the right tools and a little guidance, anyone can make something of beauty and value. Even though thousands of people have built masks from our templates, each one is different and bears the mark of the individual who made it. Our plan for the future is to keep supplying our customers with the tools they need to make amazing things. We have some very exciting ideas in development for next year.

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All photographs by Wintercroft.

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STARK DIREWOLF - Game of Thrones + Free Digital Mask
STARK DIREWOLF - Game of Thrones + Free Digital Mask
Wintercroft
$20.50 USD
LANNISTER LION - Game of Thrones + Free Digital Mask
LANNISTER LION - Game of Thrones + Free Digital Mask
Wintercroft
$20.50 USD
TARGARYEN DRAGON - Game of Thrones + Free Digital Mask
TARGARYEN DRAGON - Game of Thrones + Free Digital Mask
Wintercroft
$20.50 USD
WHITE WALKER - Game of Thrones + Free Digital Mask
WHITE WALKER - Game of Thrones + Free Digital Mask
Wintercroft
$20.50 USD
Fish Head Mask Complete with Fish Body!
Fish Head Mask Complete with Fish Body!
Wintercroft
$7.51 USD
Triceratops Dinosaur Mask - make your own polygon mask
Triceratops Dinosaur Mask - make your own polygon mask
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Prehistoric Monster Mask Set
Prehistoric Monster Mask Set
Wintercroft
$16.40 USD
Fox Mask - Make your own with this simple PDF Download
Fox Mask - Make your own with this simple PDF Download
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Owl mask - Make your own with this simple PDF Download
Owl mask - Make your own with this simple PDF Download
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Fox Trophy Mask - build your own wall mountable trophy mask
Fox Trophy Mask - build your own wall mountable trophy mask
Wintercroft
$7.51 USD
Sabre-toothed Tiger Mask - build your own from card using our polygon mask template
Sabre-toothed Tiger Mask - build your own from card using our polygon mask template
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Enchanter Skull - Build your own golden horned Demon skull mask
Enchanter Skull - Build your own golden horned Demon skull mask
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
American Football Helmet - Make your own using a simple PDF download
American Football Helmet - Make your own using a simple PDF download
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Gas Mask - build your own from recycled card
Gas Mask - build your own from recycled card
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Make a Half Face Fox mask
Make a Half Face Fox mask
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Halloween Mask Set
Halloween Mask Set
Wintercroft
$16.40 USD
Doberman Dog Mask - make your own mask from digital PDF and recycled card
Doberman Dog Mask - make your own mask from digital PDF and recycled card
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Dragon Claws
Dragon Claws
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Dragon Mask V2 - Make your own card mask with this simple PDF template
Dragon Mask V2 - Make your own card mask with this simple PDF template
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Horned Skull Mask- Build your own costume for Halloween
Horned Skull Mask- Build your own costume for Halloween
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Horned Barbarian Helmet  - Make your own using a simple PDF download
Horned Barbarian Helmet - Make your own using a simple PDF download
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Cat or Tiger Mask - Make your own with this simple PDF
Cat or Tiger Mask - Make your own with this simple PDF
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
PARLOW - The Home Hider
PARLOW - The Home Hider
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Doctor Mask - Build your own costume for Halloween
Doctor Mask - Build your own costume for Halloween
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Fox Mask Book + Free Digital Mask
Fox Mask Book + Free Digital Mask
Wintercroft
$13.66 USD
Skull Mask Book + Free Digital Mask
Skull Mask Book + Free Digital Mask
Wintercroft
$13.66 USD
Make your own OWL half mask
Make your own OWL half mask
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Make your own Half Face Stag or Reindeer Mask
Make your own Half Face Stag or Reindeer Mask
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
WOODLAND ANIMAL mask set
WOODLAND ANIMAL mask set
Wintercroft
$16.40 USD
Build your own Fish Head Mask
Build your own Fish Head Mask
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Wolf Mask - Make your own with this simple PDF Download
Wolf Mask - Make your own with this simple PDF Download
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Hare or Rabbit Mask - Make your own with this simple PDF pattern
Hare or Rabbit Mask - Make your own with this simple PDF pattern
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Devil Mask - make your own from recycled card
Devil Mask - make your own from recycled card
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
DEATH : Four Horsemen Halloween Mask and Hood Set
DEATH : Four Horsemen Halloween Mask and Hood Set
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Magic Hat - Make a Witch's or Wizard's Hat with this simple PDF template
Magic Hat - Make a Witch's or Wizard's Hat with this simple PDF template
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Witch Mask - Build your own costume for Halloween
Witch Mask - Build your own costume for Halloween
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Bearded Man Mask - Make your own from recycled card
Bearded Man Mask - Make your own from recycled card
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Crow Trophy Mask - build your own wall mountable trophy mask
Crow Trophy Mask - build your own wall mountable trophy mask
Wintercroft
$7.51 USD
Badger Mask - make your own polygon animal mask
Badger Mask - make your own polygon animal mask
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Boy Mask - make your own card mask using this simple digital download
Boy Mask - make your own card mask using this simple digital download
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Unicorn Mask - Make your own 3D mask from recycled card
Unicorn Mask - Make your own 3D mask from recycled card
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Bear Mask - make your own from recycled card, perfect for festivals
Bear Mask - make your own from recycled card, perfect for festivals
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Tiger Half Mask - Make your own Mask from waste card
Tiger Half Mask - Make your own Mask from waste card
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Cthulhu: Kraken - like. With his octopus-like head his face is a mass of feelers.
Cthulhu: Kraken - like. With his octopus-like head his face is a mass of feelers.
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Skull Mask- easy to make and perfect for Halloween
Skull Mask- easy to make and perfect for Halloween
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Jaguar Mask - build your own from card using our polygon mask template
Jaguar Mask - build your own from card using our polygon mask template
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Bull Mask - Build your own from recycled card
Bull Mask - Build your own from recycled card
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Gorilla Mask - make your own eco-friendly mask with this simple PDF download
Gorilla Mask - make your own eco-friendly mask with this simple PDF download
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
FAMINE : Four Horsemen Halloween Mask and Hood Set
FAMINE : Four Horsemen Halloween Mask and Hood Set
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Bison Mask - Build your own using simple PDF download
Bison Mask - Build your own using simple PDF download
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Ram Mask - Build your own low poly mask with this PDF download
Ram Mask - Build your own low poly mask with this PDF download
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Spirit Skull: No Poly makes this the smoothest skull mask this Halloween
Spirit Skull: No Poly makes this the smoothest skull mask this Halloween
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Skull Half Mask
Skull Half Mask
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Polygon Face Mask make your own
Polygon Face Mask make your own
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Polygon Female Face - make your own card mask using this simple digital download
Polygon Female Face - make your own card mask using this simple digital download
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Hare Trophy Mask - build your own wall mountable trophy mask
Hare Trophy Mask - build your own wall mountable trophy mask
Wintercroft
$7.51 USD
3D Jungle Animals Book for Kids + Free Digital Mask
3D Jungle Animals Book for Kids + Free Digital Mask
Wintercroft
$12.29 USD
Polygon Face Mask V2 - make your own card mask using this simple digital download
Polygon Face Mask V2 - make your own card mask using this simple digital download
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Pig mask - Make your own from recycled card for fancy dress or halloween
Pig mask - Make your own from recycled card for fancy dress or halloween
Wintercroft
$6.14 USD
Polar Bear Trophy Mask - build your own wall mountable trophy mask
Polar Bear Trophy Mask - build your own wall mountable trophy mask
Wintercroft
$7.51 USD

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