Guest blogger series: mask making

by kath_red on 28/03/2011

in Guest Series 2011, Kids Crafts, Whip Up Tutorials

In this second to last installment of this guest blogger series – I am very happy to welcome Kellie from the blog Ricebabies. Today Kellie is sharing a tutorial for making these super cute paper animal masks.

My name is Kellie and I teach art to little ones and love making fun things to inspire the imagination. I have three little ones of my own and we often find fun ways to make art together which I share on my blog and I make fun toys for my shop, all inspired by children.  I enjoy simple clean designs. This mask we made over Spring Break and it was lots of fun.

For this mask you will need:

  • Cardstock (or a thicker paper),
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Hot glue or staples
  • And twine
  • Template

Think about what animals you want to make, talk and think about how it looks. What are its distinct features? The lovely part about this simple shape is that it could just about become anything you can imagine. We made a dragon, bunny and a fox.

  1. Hand draw or download and print the mask template. Our mask is about 14 inches (about 35 cm) wide and 13 inches (about 33 cm) high. For a large mask, you may want to rescale the pattern. You can always wing it, as long as the shape is there and the cut marks, it should work.
  2. Draw the features on your mask lightly in pencil. Then fold the mask in at the bottom where the cuts marks were previously made so that they overlap. It should start to look like a chin shape. Also fold in the middle to make sure eyeholes will be in the right place. I had my sons try theirs on so I could fit it to their face.
  3. We used hot glue but you could staple the seams (or cuts) in place. Next, paint and let dry.
  4. We added twine to the inside middle of the mask to tie on but they would have worked on a stick as well.

For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 blogbytina! March 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

What a fun idea! I’m totally bookmarking this for when my nephew comes over! Or I want to creep out my friends :D

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2 Rae Grant March 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm

These are great !!

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3 ctb March 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

Thanks for this! My kids @ playcamp love masks = )
FWIW, I use a strip of heavy paper or lightweight card/posterboard to make a band around the back of the head – much easier to slip on & off & holds up better than string. I fasten to the sides of masks w/ staples.

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4 Kate April 3, 2011 at 8:06 am

We made one of these for my son (aged 2) and he adores it! Fantastic and very adaptable, highly recommended!

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