Mardi Gras Mask
Create a unique mask for Mardi Gras and other occasions.
This mask can be adapted for many occasions including holidays, musicals, plays and Mardi Gras. It can be worn on the head or held by hand with a stir or ice pop stick. Make a mask from an empty egg carton, and discuss recycling.
Supplies Used: Adhesive, Cardstock, construction paper or patterned paper, Craft knife, Egg carton, Elastic mask straps, Fingernail polish, Foam self-adhesive dots, Hole punch, Pens (black, white and watermark), Poster paint or tempera, Ribbons, Scissors
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut the mask from white or black cardstock. If using white cardstock, draw assorted designs on half of the mask with a black pen. Color everything outside the designs with the black pen (Figure A).
- If using black cardstock, draw assorted designs on half of the mask with a white pen. Color everything outside the designs with the white pen (Figure A).
- Die-cut several butterflies using assorted colors of construction paper.
- Attach the butterflies to the center area of the mask. Add dimension to one or two butterflies by placing a self-adhesive foam dot on the back of a butterfly, and adhere the butterfly to the mask (Figure B).
- Cut assorted colors of ribbons into 10" strips, and tie them together in a knot. Add another knot to keep the ribbons from pulling through a mask hole.
- Thread the knotted ribbons through a mask hole (Figure C). Attach an elastic strap through the mask holes (Main Photo). Cover the metal ends of the strap with fingernail polish, if desired.
- Recycle an empty egg carton to make another mask. Cut off a section of the carton, and paint with poster paint or tempera (Figure D).
- Punch a hole on both sides of the egg carton mask and insert an elastic strap into the punched holes.
- Cut a strip of paper, and fringe it for eyelashes. Curl the fringe around a pencil, and attach the fringe behind the eye openings.
- Students now have a Mardi Gras, holiday, musical, play or storytelling mask they can use all year long (Main Photo).
- Figure A
- Figure B
- Figure C
- Figure D
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