Masquerade parties are elegant and stylish affairs, designed to allow guests to dress up and conceal their identities behind a mask. In preparation for a masquerade ball, you should invest in a costume and a mask. While ready-made masks are available, making your own allows you to express your creativity, not to mention make a perfect custom match for your costume. With a few simple supplies and techniques, your masquerade mask and costume will be the talk of your next party.
Purchase your supplies from a local craft store. Choose a full-face or half-style mask and enough materials to go with whichever design you choose. Start the base of the mask by selecting a paint colour and using a sponge brush to paint the plastic base of your mask a solid colour that complements your costume.
Paint accents to the base of your mask using glitter or metallic paint pens. Use these pens to lengthen the eyes of the mask at the corners, design swirly patters atop the base colour, or paint a shape such as a star or heart. Use a contrasting colour that will stand out well against the base colour of your mask.
Glue sequins or plastic gems to the mask using a hot glue gun. Cut several long strands of stringed sequins and hang them from the centre of the sides of the mask using the hot glue gun. Attach them securely or they may peel off and take parts of the mask base paint with them. Glue feathers to the mask using a glue gun. Flip the mask over and decorate the centre of the forehead area, working your way out to each side. Alternate feather colours and try the mask on often and check the mirror to make sure the feathers are secure and even in colour and length.
Attach a strap or dowel rod to your mask. If you choose the elastic strap, puncture two small holes on the edges of the mask just above where your ears will be. Attach a length of elastic band by tying securely into these holes and leave enough slack to allow it to be comfortable, but secure. If you're using the dowel rod method, attach a 1 1/2-foot length of dowel to one side of the mask using the hot glue gun. For more coordination, paint the rod the same colour as the base of the mask. For the ladies, you can attach a length of stringed sequins to add a wrist strap around the base of the dowel.
Coat the entire mask, including the feathers, with a thin coat of hairspray. Then sprinkle it liberally with glitter. It is recommended that you try this method several times, as some of the glitter will initially fall off. Once you have the desired effect, use another coat of hairspray to seal the glitter onto the mask.
Purchase a costume pattern and fabric and use the pattern to sew the costume. Be sure to use accurate body measurements when cutting your pattern.
Keep the style of your costume simply, as masquerades are mostly about the masks.
Attach sequins, beads, and gems to the base of your costume to match the mask. When working with fabric, it is best to stitch these embellishments on, but fabric glue is an alternative solution. Fabric glue will not offer long-term hold, so if you're planning to reuse your costume, attach everything securely with a needle and thread.