Creating your own giraffe mask for children is an easy way to create a costume for make-believe, play time or Halloween. You can build the mask yourself, or let your kids express their creativity on this craft by personalising it. Assist younger children with the various steps for this project. Use rounded, kid scissors to reduce the risk of kids cutting themselves while working on this craft.
Go to a kids craft website to find a printable giraffe mask design. Print out the mask design.
Cut out the printed mask with the rounded scissors. Cut out the eye holes on the printed mask. Lay the cutout on the gold foam sheet. Trace the outline of the mask with a marker.
Cut out the brown spots and knobs on the horns on the printed-out mask. Lay these on the brown foam sheet. Trace each spot and knob with a marker.
Cut out the traced shapes on the foam sheets. Cut out the eye holes in the gold foam mask. Glue the brown foam spots and horn knobs onto the gold foam mask.
Poke a small hole on either side at the edge of the foam mask in line with the eyes. Tie one end of the elastic through one of the holes on the side of the mask. Have child hold the mask up to her face. Stretch the loose end of the elastic to the other hole. Don't stretch it too tight so it will be uncomfortable for the child to wear. Mark this location on the elastic with the marker. Remove the mask from the child's face, and tie the loose elastic through the hole at the marked location.
Draw a giraffe head on a piece of yellow construction paper using a brown marker. Refer to an image or photograph of a giraffe for general shape. Make sure the size of the head will fit well on the bottom of the lunch bag. Draw two circles for the eyes. Draw a nose, horns and spots on the giraffe head.
Cut out the head of the construction-paper giraffe with the rounded scissors. Cut out a rectangle of yellow construction paper for the neck of the giraffe that is the same size as the side of the lunch bag. Draw brown spots on the neck using the marker.
Glue the head of the giraffe to the bottom of the lunch bag. Staple the top of the lunch bag closed with the stapler. Glue the neck of the giraffe to the side of the lunch bag directly below the giraffe's head. Cut out the eye holes in the giraffe's head. Make sure to cut through all the layers of the construction paper and lunch bag for good visibility when looking through the mask.
Glue a large craft stick down the centre of the back of the lunch bag so it sticks out at the bottom of the giraffe's neck. This will be the handle for holding the mask to your face.
Things you need
- Thin foam sheets (one gold, one brown)
- Rounded scissors
- Non-toxic craft glue
- Elastic string
- Giraffe image or photograph
- Brown lunch bag
- Yellow construction paper
- Brown Marker
- Large craft stick