Mardi Gras masks are fun to wear and fun to make, all you need is a little imagination! My 10 year old daughter Katelyn and I had a great time finding supplies that we had at home as well as coming up with creative ideas to decorate the masks. You don’t have to rush out and buy supplies, just look around at what you might already have on hand. You can decorate the masks with stickers, water color paint, stamps, beads, crayons, markers, etc.
For our masks we used some craft paint, glitter glue, paintbrushes, feathers, and leftover Christmas ribbon. The beauty is you can make it whatever you want it to be. There is no right or wrong – which is great for little ones! You don’t have to stay in the lines or even match the colors! The crazier the design the more fun the mask turns out! I kept thinking we should stop but we kept adding colors and glitter and then feathers and more glitter and bam – we had us an awesome looking mask!
I have included a template click here: Mardi Gras Masks Template that has two mask options for you to print off to help get you started. All you need to do it cut out the template and then trace it onto something sturdy, like a leftover cereal box or heavy card stock and you are ready to go.
Lay newspaper down first to protect your surface and then you will have really easy clean up. If you want to have the mask stay on their face just poke small holes on either side of the mask and tie Stretch Cord to either side. Alternately you can glue a small dowel or heavy duty straw to the side so they can hold the mask up to their face.
You really can make this any time of year – how about a special mask for their birthday or to go with their Halloween costume? How fun is it for your kids to run around and pretend they are a super hero or a princess or an animal? Well break out the glitter and markers because it’s going to be a great day!