We went shopping yesterday for craft fair supplies, have I mentioned I’m doing a craft fair at the end of May? Well I am! AND! I’m finally gonna fill up and open my Etsy store! Yay!
So we were shopping for findings and baubles, and we accidentally walked into the mask section. I am not a fan of the mask section because it creeps me out and my kids always want everything, but there we were. And of course Abbey sees a mask, and HAS to have it and before she can throw a super sized tantrum, I give her the cheapest one I can find. $1.49. Done.
Then I realized today is Mardi Gras, and masks are like kinda the thing to do, so then I got sort of excited about this mask thing, and last night I decorated it for her. It turned out pretty awesome, so I figured I would share it with you guys.
The entire mask only cost me the initial $1.49 because I am such a craft hoarder, and I already had everything else.
You can use anything you want, but I stuck with green, purple and yellow since those are the Mardi Gras colors. I used gems, feathers, felt and some hot glue. This is totally a kid friendly craft, especially if you use Elmer’s glue, and can be made for any occasion.
I started off by cutting some swoopy shapes (that’s a crafting term) and placing them around the edge of the mask to change the look of it’s shape.
I then created “petals” with the felt and glued each one down to give it a textured feel.
The more I sat making this, the more it looked like some sort of weird “Crazy New Orleans Party Bird”, so I went with it. I placed the petals, now “feathers” around the mask, in a brick laying pattern, alternating each row with the colors. When I got to the eyes, I just made a scalloped piece for the top and bottom, so it looked more finished. I saved those to glue them on last. For the nose I created a triangle shape with one curved edge, for a beak. One I had all my petals in place, I glued down the beak, and glued down the eye pieces.
For the feather headdress, I cut a few peices of felt, glued the feathers down to one and sandwiched them together with the other felt piece. Then I glued it to the back of the mask. Lastly, with what gems I could find in matching colors, I added a few for some sparkle effect.
The whole project took me about 30 minutes, and I couldn’t wait to share it with Abbey when she woke up!
She loved it! She’s been wearing it all day telling me shes a bird and making squawking noises, so in hindsight, maybe “Crazy New Orleans Party Bird” wasn’t the best choice for inspiration. These would be a great craft for a kids party, or just fun for costume and dress up play!
Have you made masks before? Any plans for Mardi Gras? Let me know what you think below in the comments!