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Masks For Kids

by Christine
(Rockhampton, Qld)

Masks For Kids

Masks For Kids

Our craft projects for children often ends up making masks for kids because I collect masks. Whenever I travel, I try to find a mask to bring home to add to my collection.

And over the years my kids have added to it too!

In our town we have a huge parade just before Christmas, and every organization puts together their own float or theme. We usually have walkers in groups of two or three, and one of the easiest ways to dress them up, is to make a mask for kids. Then they just wear all black to tie it all together and the emphasis is on the masks.

So we hold a huge working bee to make the masks for kids. We make the basic mask out of heavy cardboard from boxes, and then use construction card to add on details to give a three dimensional look to the mask. Kids love to make your own mask, though the younger children need more direction as they have to stand up to quite robust treatment.

We use egg carton sections to make 3D eyes or noses, or even hair. Some years we have used lots of collage pieces to decorate the masks, say ribbons or straw for hair, but we tend to find bits fall off. The most successful masks have been painted.

You use construction tape - not cellotape - it must be paintable - to attach the eyes or mouth sections, making sure you run the tape right round to the other side of the card to support it. Our masks have a back to them so go right over you head, and have a support strip of card that sits on the shoulders. You need to make your own mask to fit correctly so you get the eyes in the right place. So a bit of fiddling, but it's lots of fun.

Then you start painting. Sometimes we get good drawers to draw the design on the mask then the kids can easily paint them. We might add details later.

It lots of fun!

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Make Your Own Mask
by: Annie Desantis

This is a great activity book to make your own mask has oads of ideas, ranging from boys and girls sections, make your own mask for kids that they can do without much supervision, heaps of templates, and dozens of ideas.

This mask making book has got great instructions, and can be made at the last minute if you suddenly have to provide a costume! Masks are a great way to quickly do something for fancy dress, that is inexpensive - you don't have to go out and hire something.

Last time I checked they were also including lots of bonus craft e-books, so a great one to have on hand.

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