Mardi Gras is celebrated by a variety of people for a variety of reasons. What was Mardi Gras originally? Mardi Gas is french for “fat Tuesday.” This day was the last day of feasting before the fast and penitence of Lent. Mardi Gras is a carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday, most famously in New Orleans. Today, however, Mardi Gras is simply a grand day to party and enjoy ones self and the festivities. This includes, masks, beads, feasts, music and laughter.
Here’s an easy way to create your Mardi Gras mask and I’ve compiled a FREE Printable of 20 mask designs, that you can print and decorate.
Paper Plate/ Cardstock
1.) Choose which mask pattern you would like to use. Print it out. If you’re making your mask from a paper plate, print on regular copy paper. If you are using cardstock, it may be easier to print directly onto the paper you’re using.
2.) Cut out the pattern you have chosen, by cutting on the black lines. **TIP** an easy way to cut out the eyes is to fold the paper slightly in the middle of the circle and make a small cut. Use this cut to insert scissors and cut out the holes for the eyes.
3.) If you’re using cardstock and have printed your pattern directly onto it you can skip this step. Place your pattern in the center of the paper plate and trace around it.
4.) Cut out the pattern as described in Step 2. Again, if you’re using cardstock you can skip this step.
5.) You should now have a sturdy mask that is ready to color and decorate.
6.) Color mask using the colors of your choosing. I gave Bug and Tig Mardi Gras themed colors, which consisted of: blue, green, yellow, and purple.
7.) Once your mask is colored to you liking, now, it is time to decorate.
I supplied glue, glitter, glitter glue, sequins, stickers and feathers. (Yes, it’s messy, but it all cleans up 🙂 )
8.) We decorated the front of our masks first. Let the glitter, glue and other decorations dry. Then, you can glue feathers onto the back of the mask.
9.) Once everything is dry and not sticky to touch you can decide whether you want your mask to be on a stick that you hold or be held in place around your head with a string. If you choose the stick like pictured above: color one or two Popsicle sticks, glue them together and then glue them to the bottom of the back of your mask. If you’re choosing the string method, punch a small hold on both edges of the mask. Tie the string through one of the holes, hold the mask up to face and measure the string around head, cut off and tie through other hole.
Now, you have some beautiful and fun masks to help you celebrate Mardi Gras. This project is appropriate for all ages (just watch that the younger ones don’t but the decorations in their mouth). Tig (2) and Bug (5), as well as my past daycare children, all really enjoyed this project and are looking forward to wearing them tomorrow!
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