How to Decorate Face Masks

Decorate a mask to look like a person, animal, character or creature. You can decorate a paper plate, paper bag, ceramic, cloth or paper mache masks. Use the completed mask as a costume or decoration. Paint, sequins, buttons and feathers all work well to decorate masks. Before you decorate your mask, decide how you want it to look. Acrylic, poster and tempera paints all work well for most surfaces. If you are painting a ceramic mask with the intention of firing it, use firing glazes and paints.

Pour paint onto a paint tray or paper plate. Paint the mask. Paint a face, animal, designs or patterns. For example, you can paint a tiger face.

Let the paint dry. Wash out the brushes while you wait.

Use the white glue to attach feathers, sequins and buttons to the mask. You may need to hold an item in place for a couple minutes to keep it in place. Use the items to make parts of the face, hair and more. For example, use buttons for the eyes and nose.

Once the glue is about halfway dry, wipe off excess with a damp paper towel.

Let the glue dry before using.

To make a traditional face, use the paint to make a wide mouth, eyes, nose and eyebrows. Many masks have some type of decoration on the cheek as well. Glue feathers on the top to make a headdress.

Make a mummy by painting the face white or tan. Paint basic facial features. Use the glue to attach crepe paper to the face.

Make a zebra by painting the mask white. Paint the facial features. Paint black stripes. If you want a more three-dimensional look, use buttons for the eyes and nose.


Draw your design with a pencil on the mask before painting. You may need to do multiple coats of paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Paint trays or paper plates
  • Paint brushes
  • White glue
  • Sequins
  • Buttons
  • Feathers
  • Paper towel
  • Crepe paper
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