If you need ideas on how to make your own masquerade mask, there is plenty of inspiration that makes this craft idea both frugal and fun. Whether you're seeking creative plans for Halloween, a Masquerade ball, or for Mardi Gras, the ideas are endless!
How to Make Your Own Masquerade Mask
Making a masquerade mask can be easy and fun, and it allows you to put your creativity to good use. The following basic supplies and instructions will ensure that you have enough options to make a unique mask that fits your personality. Of course, once you have a basic mask put together, you just might find that you want to embellish it so that it makes a real statement! When it comes to masks, there are no rules, so let your style shine through.
Supplies Needed for a Simple Mask
- Plain white masks (available at party stores)
- Assorted feathers
- 12" dowel rods (one for each mask)
- Acrylic craft paint
- Glitter glue
- Craft glue
Decorating Your Mask
Once you've gathered all of the supplies, you're ready to get started with simple masquerade masks to make at home. First, you'll need to decide on a design for your mask. Mardi Gras and masquerade masks are very vivid and artistic, so let your inner muse take over. Remember that female masks tend to have short feathers on the side of the masks with long feather in the middle, while male masks generally have short feathers flocking the entire mask. Follow these simple instructions to create your very own masquerade mask:
- Decide on mask theme and base colors
- Paint mask with acrylic craft paint in one base color
- Allow paint to dry
- Add additional painted details in alternating colors, such as whiskers, swirls, harlequin patterns or butterfly wings
- Paint wooden dowel rod the same color as the base color of the mask
- Glue dowel rod to the back right side of the mask next to the right eye cutout
- Affix decorative details such as sequins and feathers
- Add finishing details with glitter glue for a spectacular effect
Mardi Gras Masks to Make
The primary difference between masquerade and Mardi Gras masks is that masquerade masks are often handheld with the wooden dowel rod. Party store retailers that sell plain masks always offer the elastic variety. If you strike out finding an elastic band mask, simply punch holes in a standard mask and affix ribbons with a simple knot. The ribbons can then be tied to the back of the head to ensure a custom fit. To make a beautiful Mardi Gras mask, follow the simple instructions above and decorate as desired.
Affordable Family Fun
By making your own masquerade or Mardi Gras mask rather than purchasing a store bought design, you'll ensure your mask will be one of a kind. Decorating masks is a great way to save money yet have a custom look that may be out of reach if you went the conventional method of purchasing an artist-designed piece. In addition to saving money, you'll learn a new skill that will come in handy for future costume and dress up events.
In addition to a festive holiday or fancy ball, why not gather the family for a night of fun or to chase away a rainy day? Print out simple invitations and invite your children and their friends to the kitchen table and let them tap their own creativity while designing their very own decorative mask. Children love making costumes, and a mask is an affordable craft that they can wear on many occasions!