How to make a cardboard masquerade mask

Written by mary beth lentner
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You have been invited to a masquerade party and need a decorative mask for the event. You are also a do-it-yourself type of person who would rather create your own distinctive mask than buy a mass-produced version from the store that other guests will most likely be wearing. Follow a few easy steps to help you create your own hand-held masquerade mask that is guaranteed to be the only one of its kind at the party.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sheet of copy paper
  • Pencil
  • Paper scissors
  • Heavy cardboard
  • Brightly coloured felt of other heavyweight fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Feathers
  • 12-inch dowel rod
  • Poster paint (if desired)
  • Mask embellishments (such as glitter, beads, rhinestones, trim, ribbon and faux jewels)
  • Glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Decide on your mask shape by drawing a version of it on a sheet of copy paper. When designing your mask shape, do not forget to draw eye holes and a groove for the bridge of your nose. Use paper scissors to cut out the mask shape and eye holes. Hold up the copy-paper mask to your face to see if you like the overall fit. (You may need to repeat this process a few times until you achieve the appropriate mask shape.) When you are pleased with your paper mask, trace the shape (and eye holes) onto a piece of heavy cardboard. Cut out the cardboard mask.

  2. 2

    Trace the cardboard mask onto a piece of brightly coloured felt or other heavyweight fabric of your choice. Use fabric scissors to cut out the mask and eye holes. Make sure that the fabric mask is the exact same shape as your cardboard mask.

  3. 3

    Glue the stick bottoms of feathers to the top front edges (and bottom edges, if desired) of your cardboard mask so that the feather flumes are sticking up and branching out over the mask. Mix and match feather colours that coordinate with the colours of your costume or outfit. Then take a 12-inch dowel rod and glue the top 2 inches to the front, bottom-right corner of your cardboard mask. This dowel rod will serve as your mask holder.

  4. 4

    Glue your fabric mask on top of your decorated cardboard mask so that all feathers and the top of the dowel rod are fully covered and secured. Smooth down the fabric to achieve a professional look. Glue trim and/or ribbon around the fabric edges of the entire mask and eye holes to hide all seams and add extra stability to the mask.

  5. 5

    Embellish and decorate the fabric-covered mask with faux jewels, rhinestones, glitter, beads, trim and other trinkets that suit your style. Allow 24 hours for your one-of-a-kind mask to fully dry before taking it to the masquerade party.

Tips and warnings

  • Most dowel rods come in natural wood. If natural wood does not match your costume or outfit, paint the dowel rod with a coordinating poster paint colour.
  • If young children will be wearing this mask, make sure they are supervised by an adult.

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