How to Make 3D Animal Masks for Kids

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How to Make 3D Animal Masks for Kids
Kids can make their own animal masks as a birthday party activity. (masque de lion image by Oliv from

If you are hosting a kid's birthday party, then you know how difficult it can be to decorate for the party and to create activities that will keep the children entertained. One solution is to combine the two. For example, you can forgo party hats by setting up a mask-making activity that will allow each child to make her own 3D animal mask that she can wear throughout the birthday party. You can make a 3D animal mask using a few basic materials.

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Things you need

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Bowl
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Balloon
  • Straight pin
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Feathers
  • Faux animal fur
  • Craft glue

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  1. 1

    Combine 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of salt in a bowl. Mix well with a spoon. The mixture should be soupy.

  2. 2

    Inflate a large balloon, and knot the end.

  3. 3

    Crumple newspaper into balls, and tape the balls onto one side of the balloon where you want the animal muzzle to be.

  4. 4

    Cut pieces of newspaper to measure 2 inches wide, 6 inches long.

  5. 5

    Dip the newspaper pieces into the flour mixture, and lay them over the balloon. Cover the balloon with four layers of the soaked paper. Let the balloon dry completely.

  6. 6

    Pop the balloon with a straight pin, and remove the balloon.

  7. 7

    Cut off the bottom half of the shell, leaving the top half as the mask.

  8. 8

    Cut out eye holes and a nose hole.

  9. 9

    Paint the animal mask using acrylic paint. Let the paint dry.

  10. 10

    Apply craft glue onto the mask, and apply feathers or faux fur. Allow the glue to dry.

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