Create your own Superhero Identity

Get inspired by stories of superheroes in fiction and history and make your own superhero. Thinking of superheroes you look up to and the skills and powers you admire in them, we will be creating a superhero mask and emblem that reflect your own superhero identity and traits.

Rediscover thanks Alex Wilensky, María José Urrestarazu, and Hannah Dahl at Prescott Enriched Sciences Magnet Elementary School in Los Angeles and the University of Washington Library and Information Sciences Master's Program for their contributions to our curriculum library, including this project!

Read any of the titles recommended below for stories about heroes in history, extraordinary kids, and superheroes:

After reading, ask yourself these questions:

  • How do superheroes help their communities?
  • Who are some local superheroes or heroes in history?
  • Who is a hero in your life? Who do you look up to, and why?

STEP 1 - Imagine yourself as a superhero

Poof! You are a superhero! What are your super powers?

What does your emblem look like? What does your superhero costume look like?

Using paper and pencil, plan out your superhero identity, considering traits and characteristics that you care about or wish you had. What are your superhero skills or powers? What motivates you? Who do you help?

Draw out plans for emblem and mask.

  • Do you want a partial mask that covers half your face or something that goes over your whole head?
  • How will it fit and stay on your face or head?
  • What colors?
  • What images or symbols represent their hero?
  • What materials will you use?

STEP 2 - Gather Your Materials

After planning out your superhero identity, gather some materials. We recommend the list below:

Tools

  • Canary Cutter
  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • Brads
  • *Optional: Hot Glue Gun & Glue

Many of these tools can be found in our Tinkering Toolkit.

Making Materials

  • Small cardboard panels
  • Scrap paper
  • Scrap fabric
  • Ribbon
  • *Optional: Other Creative Reuse Materials like corks, bottle caps, cardboard strips, etc.

STEP 3 - Put them all together and make your superhero identity!

Using your sketch as a guide, create a wearable mask and emblem to show your super powers. Use recycled materials such as cardboard, paperboard, and other trinkets. Explore different textures from picking cardboard apart, ripping paper, or using colorful spam mail in unexpected ways. Think about how you can repurpose household items or combine objects together to make props for your superhero.

*PRO-TIP: Use cardboard strips to create wearable items that fit around parts of your body to make a more elaborate costume. You can glue materials directly onto the cardboard as well.

See our activity guide on Creating Upcycled Costumes for more tips on making art fit on parts of our bodies--particularly for making superhero masks!

Emblem

Superheroes are sometimes recognized by emblems. Emblems show qualities of heroes that are unique to them, usually visually referencing their values and code of morals.

See examples of some of the most recognizable Superhero logos/emblems in pop culture.

If you had an emblem, what would it look like? What symbols would be on them? What colors would you use? Make one for yourself!

Mask

Superheroes in fiction wear masks to hide their true identity, sometimes to protect their privacy outside of the job. If you were a superhero, what would your mask look like? Use recycled materials to create your disguise.

ADULT HELPERS

For tips on how to use specific tools safely, visit our Youtube library for Tiny Techniques.

RESOURCES

Visit the Techniques tab in reDiscover Center's Pedagogy Resources to access our Tiny Techniques videos and get tips for working safely and efficiently with tools.

Once you have finished your costumes, share it with friends and family. Costumes you make yourself are the best. You'll feel so proud you made it. When you use scraps and recycled materials, it means no new plastics or materials were taken from natural resources. Great job! You're a hero! If you want to share a picture on social media, be sure to tag @rediscoverctr. We'd love to see what you made!

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