How to make a paper plate monster mask

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How to make a paper plate monster mask
Turn simple paper plates into a fearsome monster mask. (Getty Creative)

Spark some fun with your kids by making a paper plate monster mask. Use it for Halloween or just for pretend play around the house. You should have many of the items necessary for the mask around the house. If not, most can be found at any art shop, grocery or chemist.

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Things you need

  • Paper plate
  • Green, black and white paint
  • Cotton balls
  • Yellow marker
  • Glue
  • Craft stick
  • Paintbrush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    This craft can get a little messy since it involves paint and markers, so spread newspaper across the table you'll be working on. The kitchen or some place outside is probably the best place for this activity. Kids should wear smocks—buy them from an art store or just use old clothing that you won't mind ruining. Also spread newspaper on the floor or cover with an old sheet.

  2. 2

    Paint a paper plate green on both sides. With older children, you can use acrylic because it will paint a nice, deep colour on the plate. With younger children, however, you may want to use watercolours because they're less messy.

  3. 3

    Cut out two holes about one-third down from the top of the plate when the green paint has dried. This is where the eyes will see through.

  4. 4

    Paint thick, black eyebrows above the eye holes.

  5. 5

    Paint a black, square nose under the eye holes.

  6. 6

    Paint a square, white mouth and cut a small hole in the middle. Once the white paint has dried, paint a black horizontal line and black vertical lines for teeth.

  7. 7

    Colour two cotton balls yellow with the marker and glue them to the sides of the paper plates. These are the “bolts” in the monster’s neck.

  8. 8

    Paint a curved, black line on the mask to create stitches and then add cross-hatches.

  9. 9

    Glue a craft stick to the bottom of the paper plate. You now have your mask!

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