Laissez le bon temps rouler!
(let the good times roll!)
- painted cardboard scraps
- mask templates (see form below)
- dazzling bits and bobs: pom poms, sequins, tissue paper, beads...
- wooden dowels and/or hole punch and elastic
- hot glue gun and/or double sided sticky tape, glue stick, class glue, glue dots
- utility knife (adults only)
Grab your painted cardboard scraps, pom poms, confetti, tissue paper, ribbon and any other dazzling bits and bobs that you have on hand and let's get this party started. Let's set up a mask making buffet!
Arrange all of your beautiful mask making materials in the center of your table along with scissors, glue sticks, mask templates, and skinny wooden dowels and/or elastic thread.
Hot glue is ideal when you are working with cardboard because it bonds quickly, so you don't have to worry about dry time when you are building your masks. Both of my girls were using low-temp glue guns by the time they were 6. If you are working with younger kiddos you can use school glue, glue sticks, glue dots, or double-sided sticky tape to build your masks... or set up an adult run hot-glue assembly station!
If you are working with little ones it will be easier to have your cardboard shapes pre-cut so they can just decorate and assemble. Or just give them the mask printable as a base and have them add their shapes to the mask form. Kids age 8+ should be able to handle the cardboard cutting with minimal assistance. I had to help my girls cut out their eye holes with a utility knife, but other than that they worked independently.
After the cardboard pieces have been glued together, it is time to add finishing touches with beads, pom poms, paint markers, and fringe:
We liked the idea of a half mask on a stick, but you could also punch little holes on the edge of your mask and string elastic through. These masks are truly works of art. When you aren't playing dress up, hang them on a wall or mount them in a little shadow box!