A masquerade ball is a fun affair and the perfect occasion for people to arrive in disguise behind elaborate party masks and fancy dress costumes. But it is not enough just for the party guests to be part of the masquerade. A party venue needs to be dressed for the ball and the party tables have a role to play, too. Make some masquerade centrepieces to add a final decorative touch.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Craft half and full masks
- Coloured feathers
- Ceramic paint
- Paint brush
- Pencil #2
- Plain ceramic candle holders and bowls
- Cotton thread
- Sewing needle
- Sewing machine
Gather your craft materials to make masquerade centrepieces. Craft materials are available to buy online or in a local arts and crafts store.
Consider how you can create masquerade-themed centrepieces with your craft materials as well as accessorising ready-made centrepieces with masks, feathers and ribbons.
Decorate masquerade masks. Paint blank craft masks in different colours, using a craft paint and applying with an art brush. Allow masks to dry for at least 30 minutes.
Create some mask stencils while the masks are drying. Draw small mask designs onto some card. Cut the designs out carefully with scissors. Put them aside for later.
Test that the masks are dry by touch. Decorate the masks with different materials. Apply glitter using glue to some masks to make them sparkle. Stick beads and sequins onto other masks, in a design of your choice. Attach some feathers.
Cut out long, thin pyramid shapes out of fabric. Sew two pieces of fabric together along the two longest seams. Hand sew with a needle and thread, or use an electric sewing machine. Turn them inside out. Glue the bottom seam to close and glue the bottom edge of the fabric tail to the inside head rim of a mask. Sew a pom-pom or small bell to the tip of the fabric tail. Repeat steps to create more fabric tails to decorate some of the masks.
Arrange masquerade masks on the table as centrepieces. Display the most elaborate masks for maximum effect. Make a balloon centrepiece by tying masks around each balloon. Tie string to the ends of each balloon, tie all the strings together and stick the bunch of balloons to the table.
Accessorise ready-made centrepieces with masks.Thread narrow ribbon through the holes of the masks. Tie several masks together and attach them around a punch bowl, dish filled with potpourri or a flower arrangement to decorate. Trim mug racks with ribbons and garlands of feathers to hang an attractive display of masquerade masks.
Pick up the stencils you made earlier. Take a plain ceramic candle holder or a bowl suitable to float candles. Stencil mask designs onto ceramic candle holders and floating candle bowls to decorate them, using ceramic paint. Allow them to dry for the specified time according to the paint directions. Then place scented candles into the candle holders, and place water and floating candles into the candle bowl.
Tips and warnings
- Find images of the different types of masquerade masks via the Internet. Consider effective colour combinations to play a part in the masquerade theme.
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