Do you remember the land of make believe? Where you could be a mysterious ninja, a bandit, or even a princess! A fun mask is a great addition to any dress up box, so why not try and create out creating your very own mask with your kids as a fun DIY activity? We guarantee many happy memories!
How do I make a Paper Mask?
Making your very own 2D paper mask is easier than pie! Young children will enjoy decorating these paper masks, just as much as you will.
Things that you’ll need:
- Hard paper or cardboard (A4 size, one for each mask)
- 2 X 10 cm long string pieces
- A pair of scissors
- Different colours of paint or koki pens
- A hole punch
Step 1 - Preparing the Masks for your Kids
You can draw an image large enough to cover your child’s face. You could also download an outlined picture from the Internet and print it out onto the coloured cardboard.
Step 2 - Time to get Messy
Use the paint and kokis to decorate the picture that you drew out. Don’t forget to leave empty spaces for the eye holes.
Step 3 - Finish Your Mask
If your children are too young, you can help them cut out the shape from the card, as well as holes for their eyes. Use the punch to punch two holes, one on either side of the cutout at ear-level. Using a single piece of string, thread it through a hole and repeat.
How to Make a Papier mâché Mask
3D paper masks are a bit trickier than the previously mentioned 2D masks. We suggest that you only try this activity out with older children. Papier mâché can cause a big, sticky mess, so ensure that you cover all open surfaces like carpets or fancy table tops, as well as clothing! If things get messy, you can simply use Omo washing powder to remove those unwanted stains. Stock your stain-busting arsenal with the best laundry detergent: OMO Fast Action or Auto Powder which are specially designed to penetrate fabric for amazing stain removal results.
Things that you’ll need:
- Card or stiff paper
- A stapler
- A measuring tape
- Paint brushes
- Paints in different colours
- Crafty décor (sequins, pipe cleaners, coloured card etc)
- A bowl in which to mix your paper-mâché. it in
- A craft knife
- Wood glue
- Torn strips of Newspaper (3-5cm wide in length)
How to make it:
Step 1 - Preparing the Mask
Use the tape measure to work out the circumference of your child’s face, and then add an extra 5cm.
Step 2 - Create the Outlining Structure for the Mask
Cut out strips of card/hard paper about a 3 cm wide. See the visual below to see the length. Use the stapler to staple the ends so that it loops into a hoop. Then create the structure of the mask by stapling a few 3cm strips across the hoop.
Step 3 - Decorate the Mask
You can use fun objects to create features on the face of the mask. You can add a triangle shaped object to add a nose shape. Now insert shaped objects to give features to the mask. Mix water and the wood glue together and paint the strips of newspaper with it to start the papier-mâché. Let the strips dry, and repeat this process until its thick enough to hold its shape. Once the mask is dry, paint it with colours, or decorate with crafty items.
Step 4 - Final Touch and the Mask is ready
Help you kids by using a craft knife to pierce and cut out the eye-holes. Remember to be careful as papier-mâché hardens quite a bit once it has dried. You can use ribbon or string that is stapled to each ‘ear-height’ side of the mask so that your little ones can wear the mask. TIP: Remember to cover the backs of the staples to protect your children’s face from getting scratched.
Have you tried out the paper masks for kids? Tell us what you think!