Create your own festive mask for Mardi Gras with a bit of helpful direction. Whether it's for theater or an authentic Mardi Gras celebration, a mask is a mandatory costume prop for the occasion. Download and decorate these two free mask templates to get yourself in the spirit at any time.
Make Your Mask
While pre-made Mardi Gras masks are available for purchase at most party stores, there's nothing quite as satisfying as making your own custom piece. Custom masks can be intensive if you start with a paper mache medium, but they can be fairly easy if you use a template and create your mask using cardstock, paint and other supplies.
Download either of these free templates, along with instructions to create your own unique masks out of cardstock, fabric, paint and embellishments. If you need help downloading the templates, check out these helpful tips.
This fun jester's eye mask can be mounted on a stick to hold, or punch holes in either side and run a piece of elastic around the back to wear it on your face. Make it unique and your own with the following embellishments:
- Use different prints of fabric, as well as different colors on the three hat sections.
- Use groups of very small bells, instead of one larger bell on each point.
- Glue feathers around the perimeter of the eye portion of the mask.
- Glue sequins around the perimeter of the entire mask.
Stand out in a crowd with this fun Nasone mask. Meant to cover the entire face, run a piece of elastic around the back so you can wear it comfortably. Embellish the basic template in the following ways to help make it your own:
- Glue feathers to the base of the face portion of the mask on either side of the top of the nose.
- Use metallic paints or cover the finished mask in a coat of iridescent paint to give it some shimmer.
- Use glitter in place of sequins around the eye holes in the mask.
Preserving Your Mask
Help your mask hold up to wear by taking the following measures:
- Spray a coat of waterproof fixative over the finished mask. The fixative will help harden the cardstock while protecting the fabric and paint from moisture - a must for a rainy parade.
- Store your mask in a fabric-lined shoebox to protect it from sunlight and moisture that could fade or distort it.
- Use the heaviest weight cardstock or cardboard you are able to crease to give your mask enough substance to withstand wear.
Mardi Gras is a time of fun and celebration. Make sure that your masks reflect that by giving them your own personal and creative touches. Use one or both of these templates as a jumping off point either by creating the masks exactly as they are shown here, or by giving them your own personal spin. Either way, you're sure to attract plenty of attention wearing your homemade mask.