Create your own Carnival mask (part 2)

In part 1 of this project, you learned how to measure, design, and cut out the shape of your mask. Now comes the really fun part: finishing it and trying it on! Follow the lead of teacher and artist Jeremias from the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle as he walks you through the second half of this craft project.

As he explains, once you’ve made a cardboard template for a costume mask that fits your face just right, now it's time to make the final product by tracing your template on a piece of colorful paper—preferably a heavier piece of paper, because that’ll make your mask nice and strong.

Once your mask is cut out of the colored paper, you need to make a strap for securing it on your face. For this, you have lots of options: a shoelace or string could work, or you could use some elastic. If you don't have those, you can just cut a strip of paper. Jeremias shows you how to measure the strap on your head and fix it to the paper.

Now you've got a real mask! All that's left is to decorate it. You can glue on more colored paper, as Jeremias demonstrates in the video, or you could try adding something else, like stickers, glitter, colored markers—even feathers. Get ready to wow your family and friends with your new creation. Who knows, maybe you can put on a show!

What you'll need:

  • Lightweight cardboard (a cereal box works well)
  • Colorful paper
  • Scissors
  • Shoelaces, string, or elastic for securing your mask
  • Stapler
  • Markers
  • Glue stick

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