My original plan was to use the pattern to make simple masks for my students to decorate - and we did. I started off using cardboard from recycled cereal boxes for my two masks (which was perfect - stiff enough to support lots of paint and decorations, and yet thin enough to cut out with scissors). However, cutting the cereal-box cardboard with scissors was pretty hard on my hands and the thought of having to cut out over 25 of them for my students was rather daunting. I ended up switching to old, recycled file folders. The file folders are a little stiffer than card stock but a lot easier to cut than the cereal box cardboard. Personally I prefer the cereal box cardboard and it's not too hard on the hands if you only have to cut out one or two.
The steps I followed:
- Print off the template (these ones are not exactly the same but you can find tons of templates online if you do a search for Mardi Gras Mask template).
- Cut out the template including eye-holes.
- Place your template on top of the cardboard you want to use for your mask and trace with a pencil.
- Cut out the cardboard mask.
- Glue a Popsicle Stick to the back/side.
But my favorite ended being the owl mask.
I used shades of aqua paints. I did add little aqua glitter dots in the corner of the faux-feathers. But my favorite part is the faux-feathers which I painted in gradually-darkening shades of aqua. The faux-feathers are actually a bunch of the cardboard eye-holes which I cut out from other masks.
|A mask made by a co-worker|