How to Make a Paper Plate Face Mask

Updated April 17, 2017

Making a paper plate mask is an easy skill to perfect. These masks can be made ahead of time for an activity or event such as a child's birthday party, a theme party or even a Halloween costume. Once you learn the basics, all that is left to add is your creativity. Each mask can be tailored to your personality.

Gather the materials needed to create the mask of your choosing. Based on your desired design you might need paint, markers, fur, feathers, pipe cleaners, construction paper, beads, glitter or fabric.

Place the paper plate face down on a flat surface, as if you were going to serve food on it. Using the inside circle as your perimeter, take a pencil and lightly trace the shapes you want to appear on the mask, such as a mouth, nose or eye holes.

Poke a hole in the centre of the shapes. Depending on the size of your traced shape, you may need to employ the use of an X-acto knife for a cleaner line.

Paint the entire mask or only the portions you desire. Use paint or magic markers.

Add the details using hot glue once your paint or marker colours dry. To add glitter, use a glitter glue stick or add dry glitter to a thin, even layer of regular glue.

Complete the mask depending upon your chosen style. For a masquerade style mask, use hot glue to attach a wooden dowel to the side of the mask, or simply glue a jumbo craft stick in the centre of the plate. For a wearable mask, hold the mask over your face to determine where the strap needs to be placed, and mark the spots with a pencil. Use an X-acto knife to make small slits on opposite sides of the mask, directly across from each other. Push a stretchy cord through the hole and make a knot to secure it in place. Do the same on the other side. Try the mask on and adjust the length of the cord for tightness as needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plate(s)
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Markers/Paint
  • Decorative details (feathers, glitter, beads, fur)
  • Jumbo craft sticks / wooden dowels
  • Stretchy cord
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Aletha Reil has a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. She has been writing for more than three years and is currently working as a women's fitness columnist for a prominent website.