How to Make a Paper Plate Face Mask

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How to Make a Paper Plate Face Mask
Creating a paper plate mask will add dimension and detail to any costume or event. (mask image by Lovrencg from

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.

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Things you 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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  1. 1

    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.

    How to Make a Paper Plate Face Mask
    Brainstorm what type of mask you want to make. (feathers image by Allyson Ricketts from
  2. 2

    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.

    How to Make a Paper Plate Face Mask
    Use a pencil to lightly trace the shapes you want to appear on the mask. (pencil image by AGphotographer from
  3. 3

    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.

    How to Make a Paper Plate Face Mask
    Determine whether your stencilled shapes will come out better through the use of scissors or an X-acto knife. (scissors image by Pefkos from
  4. 4

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

    How to Make a Paper Plate Face Mask
    Adding colour to your mask through the use of paint or markers will make it stand out. (paint image by Darren Nickerson from
  5. 5

    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.

    How to Make a Paper Plate Face Mask
    Add details to your mask such as glitter, feathers and beads. (Weihnachtssterne Hintergrund image by Sunnydays from
  6. 6

    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.

    How to Make a Paper Plate Face Mask
    Determine how you want to wear the mask before you finish it. (masquerade image by Erin Cadigan from

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